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Historic Quarter of the Seaport City of Valparaiso
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Reviewed July 17, 2012

take the water ride. It's worth it. For all there's to see in Valparaiso, this is a must. And don't go for the 25.000 pesos private tour. You'll do just fine in one of those tingy little boats for 3.000 a pop!

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Reviewed May 8, 2012

We were in Valparaiso and it was not what we expected. We were waiting for more those nice colorfull buildings. Only two blocks was well maintained other parts were just awful. Tumbledown buildings, very dirty and too many stray dogs and cats. We could not recommend this city for anyone. What makes this city the world heritage site?

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Reviewed April 9, 2012

If Valparaiso was in Italy or North America it would be a stunning representation of a once thriving port city, as is suggested by it's UNESCO world heritage listing. Instead it's in Chile, where a general lack of civic pride is evident in it's urban areas. Crumbling public buildings, poor roads and paving and the ubiquitous, mindless tagging on everything up to 2 metres high including statues of national heroes, seem to be ignored by the locals with a shrug and expression of resignation. Look beyond the graffiti and decay and of course Valparaiso is stunning, but unless the government and citizens set about maintaining and restoring the city,it's charm will be lost forever.

7  Thank Blackers13
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Reviewed April 6, 2012

This city, a UNESCO world heritage site (2003) used to be a very busy port and it was a major stop for ships crossing between the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans through the Strait of Magellan and Cape Horn. It has fallen on a bit of a hard time since the opening of the Panama Canal in 1914. Many of the buildings are old and decaying. That said, Valparaiso has some unique charms. It is located on a number of steep hills (Cerros) and as you walk the different areas, you are rewarded by the labyrinthine streets, the painted murals and the beautiful views of the town below and the port. Many of the hills have funiculars that are quite ancient and fun to ride. The oldest is the Concepcion funicular built in 1883. The busiest area with the most restaurants and hotels is El Puerto area. If you take Artilleria funicular to the Cerro Artilleria you will get to observe all the busy activity of loading and unloading of the ships at the port. Prepare yourself for a lot of walking on some steep hills!

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Reviewed March 14, 2012

We spent two days here, and it grew on us. Shockingly dirty and overran with street dogs and trash piles, once you look behind these two features, you can embrace the remarkable heritage that formed this city. From its seaport past and present, to being the sight of wars and revolutions. The acensors are super cool and really awesome to experience, and you find yourself getting to know the excessive amounts of secret paths and stairwells and eventually finding yourself believing that only you know they exist and no one else.

It's maddening to get lost here, but every turn leads to something new and interesting - even trying to escape the city can bring you in contact with overwhelming street markets, marching bands, more murals, helpful locals pointing you in the right direction, and some of the most beautiful views of a port city in the western hemisphere.

Valparaiso has a character unlike any other city. Once you get past it's negatives, you learn to enjoy the place for what it is - a dirty port city that houses creative expression, great food, inspiration (if Neruda found it here...how can you not?), and surprises around every corner.

4  Thank Sarah S
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