Valparaiso, the 'Jewel of the Pacific,' as the city is known, is considered among the most interesting cities in South America, thanks to its picturesque multi-coloured houses and narrow streets, which have been declared UNESCO World Heritage in 2002.
The first stop is Cerro Florida, to admire La Sebastiana, House-Museum of Pablo Neruda (Nobel Prize for Literature in 1971 - admission not included). Continue along a scenic road through the hills, from where you can get nice views of the city and the ocean. Then climb up to Cerro Concepción and walk through famous Paseo Atkinson and Gervasoni, while our guide tells you about the history of foreign immigrants who came to Valparaiso during its golden age (before the opening of the Panama Channel, where it still was the main port in South America).
Then descend to Muelle Prat and see Plaza Sotomayor, one of Valparaiso´s main squares, which hosts some of the most traditional landmarks of the city, including the Old Aduana - nowadays part of the Naval Zone of the Chilean Army -, the monument to Arturo Prat, considered a national hero for the Pacific War and other French style buildings dating back to the seventeenth century.
End your tour with a funicular ride to Paseo 21 de Mayo, to get the a stunning views of the port. Your last stop is Cerro Playa Ancha to visit the Merchant Marine Viewpoint, with its fabulous amphitheater facing the Pacific.
- La Sebastiana, Pablo Neruda's House-Museum
- Cerro Alegre and Cerro Concepción
- Paseo Gervasoni and Paseo Atkinson
- Plaza Sotamayor and Muelle Prat
- Paseo 21 de Mayo