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Historic Quarter of the Seaport City of Valparaiso

Address: Valparaiso, Chile
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Vancouver, Bc, Canada
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35 reviews 35 reviews
13 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

Absolutely charming frozen in time architecture and fascinating graffiti. The history is amazing. Watch your handbag and knapsack, though. Better yet, leave them at the hotel.

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Rincon, Georgia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

amazing ARCHITECTURE in this beautiful seacoast town. You will absolutely fall in love with this place. The guide was so informative that you felt like you were being immersed in Chilean history. I would highly recommend this to anyone !

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Melbourne
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55 reviews 55 reviews
30 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Our evening was spent having a meal near by. Then we proceeded to watch the ferries somewhat precariously dock ,fishermen with hand=lines throwing their lines in and out the ferry routes. The sea front was crowded with families doing the same thing. There was a small craft market but the local souvenir seaport shops were the tourist mecca.

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Phuket
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24 reviews 24 reviews
10 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

We were staying in the historic part of the City. Enjoyed all the street art. We walked from our apartment to all the Ascensor stations and saw most of the street art and colourful buildings along the way.

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Fargo
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101 reviews 101 reviews
45 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Valparaiso was a major seaport and cruise ship terminal of central Chili. Very historic and UNESCO site. The walking tour of one of the "hill" residential areas was unique. The art painted on the wall was real art and not just graffiti you see in the USA. Even the garbage trucks have the painted art on them. The old buildings... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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134 helpful votes 134 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

While Valparaiso is a lovely city, this area is one to be avoided unless you are there to get on a cruise ship (and then a bus will take you there), The buildings are boarded up, windows are broken,and there is nothing there to see. It is an area for loading and unloading of ships.

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Powell River, Canada
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

We spent 3 days in Valparaiso after getting off a cruise ship. We enjoyed the city - the murals, the architecture, a cooking class & a walking tour. However, the Seaport area is to be avoided. The locals told us to stay away. It is not safe to walk through even during the daytime. Focus your activity and stay in... More 

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

Many buildings in a very poor state of repair. Boarded and broken windows, and copious corrugated iron. Some impressive public buildings.

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Southern California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

Valparaiso is a historic city yes. The city is dirty and many of the buildings are in disrepair. Graffiti on almost every flat surface. Many of the streets smell of urin. Stray dogs all over the place. The buildings are colorful on the hillsides. A lot of the colonial buildings are abandoned or empty shells. Walking around even in daylight... More 

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The Netherlands
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

We went two times but it was not very interesting. Many streets smell. Not so much to see a few buildings. Some street art. Thats all. Traffic, polution . I felt save but was very alert.

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