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Valparaiso

By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor

Our Editorial team's advice

Almost an undiscovered secret, Valparaiso has until recently remained one of Chile's less well known tourist destinations. Since it's classification as a Unesco World Heritage site in 2003 however, the town has become increasingly popular with both Chileans and foreigners.

Valparaiso is a dive into the last century of the great sailors and people coming from Cape Horn before the construction of the Panama canal. This city port has a nostalgic atmosphere, complemented by the laid-back lifestyle here. Some fifteen old funicular systems (ascensores) transport visitors up into the hills of the city, where winding, cobbled streets are waiting to be discovered. A small cruise in the famous bay permits a beautiful view of the houses with wooden façades perched on the dark hills.

The laid back atmosphere here means some tourists may get bored - particularly those who like to be constantly doing something. In Valparaiso, it is more commonplace to simply walk around the city; sample the local coffee, drinks, and cuisine; and take in the beautiful scenery.

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