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[South America trip] Chile: Valparaiso

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Valparaiso is the second largest city in Chile. Close to the capital, Santiago, facing the Pacific Ocean, the name of the town stands for Valley of Heaven. Valparaiso is also famous for its historic port centered on the UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003. Against this background, many tourists visit every year. Valparaiso is now the second largest city after Santiago, with major institutions such as the Parliament Building and the Navy’s General Headquarters.

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Location

Valparaiso is a city located in the western part of Chile.

History

Valparaiso was originally inhabited by Indio. The area was discovered by the Spaniards in the 1500s and named Valparaiso. During the Spanish colonial era, the area was only a small village, but when Chile became independent in 1818, the Chilean naval base was set up and economic development began. In modern times, it accepted European immigrants and developed its economy. In 1990, the Diet was set up here, and it is a politically functioning town.

Climate

Valparaiso has a Mediterranean climate. It is basically a dry area. Temperatures range from 5 ° C to 25 ° C throughout the year.

Language

The official language of Chile is Spanish. Others are in Quechua, Aymara and Mapuche. Some people in the immigrant community can speak Italian in Germany.

Security

Valparaiso is also visited by tourists, so there are many pickpockets. Please be aware that the area west of Sotomayor Square is insecure. Try to avoid going out at night.

Race

95% of Chile are European immigrants and Mestizo. Others are inhabited by Asian and African immigrants.

industry

Valparaiso has prospered as a port city since modern times. That is why trade is very active. Furthermore, since copper is often produced in northern Chile, mineral resources are abundant.

religion

Catholics make up 70% of the total in Chile. Others are inhabited by Jews and Protestants.

currency

Chilean pesos are used in Chile.

Sightseeing spot 1 : Cerro Concepción

A very famous tourist attraction in this town where you can enjoy colorful mural art and sea views. You can reach the top of the hill by an elevator-like vehicle called Valparaíso.

Sightseeing spot 2 : Ascensola Concepción

A small cable car shaped like an elevator. Valparaiso has many steep slopes, so there are several Ascentor routes up and down the slope. Ascentor connects the towns above and below.

Sightseeing spot 3 : Museo Cielo Abierto

In Valparaiso, many artistic illustrations are drawn on the walls and stairs of the houses. Many people come to this town to see the cityscape of colorful buildings.

Sightseeing spot 4 : Museo Baburizza

The Babritzer Palace Museum is located on the hills of Anglet. The palace is used as it is as a museum. The front of the palace is like an observatory, so you can overlook the harbor and the cityscape.

Sightseeing spot 5 : Muelle Pratt

It is a wharf near Sotomayor Square. The wharf, which is piled up with containers, is full of vibrancy, with large and small ships lined up in a crowd.

Sightseeing spot 6 : Casa de Pablo Neruda

The house of Pablo Neruda, a Chilean poet and politician. A mansion in the best view of Valparaiso. Good-looking furniture, furnishings and decorations are on display.

Sightseeing spot 7 : Museo Maritimo Nacional

A museum with the history of the Chilean Navy and its exhibits. There are historical relics of different eras, figureheads, ladders, nautical instruments, paintings, busts of heroes and admirals.

Sightseeing spot 8 : Paseo 21 de Mayo

An observatory overlooking the city of Valparaiso. Restaurants and souvenir shops are nearby.

Hotel

Valparaiso has plenty of accommodation. Valparaiso Airport is nearby. Tickets and accommodations can be booked from the link below. It also supports other languages.

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