How to get around Valparaíso and Viña del Mar

How to get around Valparaíso and Viña del Mar
From high-speed trains, futuristics ecotaxis to old-fashioned ascensores, navigating the twists and turns of Valparaíso and Viña del Mar is easy with a little know-how. Chile’s second-largest urban conglomerate is also one of its most popular tourist attractions, with a creative student vibe in Valparaíso next door to the vibrant city of Viña del Mar and a sparkling string of beach resorts exte...
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Chile’s Valparaíso recognized by Nat Geo in travel list for 2013

Chile’s Valparaíso recognized by Nat Geo in travel list for 2013
The port city has earned a spot on the travel journal’s top 20 places to visit next year, inspiring us at This is Chile to compile a list of our Valpo highlights. Whether it be the winding cobbled streets, the multicolored patchwork cityscape, the stunning vistas, or the active nightlife, few do not succumb to the charm of Valparaíso (Valpo to locals), and the editors at National Geographic are n...
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Historic Quarter of the Seaport City of Valparaíso

Historic Quarter of the Seaport City of Valparaíso
The colonial city of Valparaíso presents an excellent example of late 19th-century urban and architectural development in Latin America. In its natural amphitheatre-like setting, the city is characterized by a vernacular urban fabric adapted to the hillsides that are dotted with a great variety of church spires. It contrasts with the geometrical layout utilized in the plain. The city has well pres...
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Get lost in Valparaíso and find something special in every corner

Get lost in Valparaíso and find something special in every corner
Valparaíso is an spectacular but very peculiar city, you can get lost very easy. But don't worry, just start walking down the hill to the sea! If this tip is not enough, Google Maps can give you a hand. Google just officially launched its new offline feature for its Maps app which lets you download and save a segment of a map, so you can use it to find your way around even when you don't have m...
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Casablanca celebrates its 2nd Great Wine Capitals Awards

Casablanca celebrates its 2nd Great Wine Capitals Awards
Chile’s Casablanca valley and Valparaiso celebrated their second year running as part of the Great Wine Capitals Network, and their second edition of the annual awards on 29 October. Wineries and tourism operations in and around Casablanca competed to take home the coveted awards that prize innovative and sustainable wine tourism and practices as well as top gastronomy and architecture in the wine...
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Why visit Valparaíso?

Why visit Valparaíso?
Valparaiso is the main port of Chile and the views of its bay and the Pacific Ocean can be seen from any point of the city; a real privilege! Its unique architecture, built over several rolling hills, is what gave this city its category of World Heritage Site by UNESCO back in 2003. It may seem like an ordinary town, but the best way to experience this city is by walking it. You have to be willi...
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