"Valparaiso" Top 5 Page for this destination Valparaíso by IIGUANA

Valparaíso Travel Guide: 313 reviews and 835 photos

Valparaiso is Chile's most enigmatic city. Most of the people that arrive here fall in love with it. It's something that should be seen, and maybe not because of it's steep slopes, colorful houses and wonderful people, but because of what Valparaiso stands for: poetry and culture.
Valparaiso is often called "La Joya del Pacifico" (Pacific Ocean's Jewel). The name Valparaiso is well put for this extraordinary city. If you break up the word VA AL PARAISO translates as "Going To Paradise". Most of the people that came here when Chile was discovered asked local travellers if they were going to paradise. If you say it in Spanish, and quickly, it reads like Valparaiso. Hence the name. And they were not wrong.
So, if you ever come to Valparaiso, try exploring the different hills, walking on those narrow streets and climbing the steep stone steps. You'll encounter a marvelous city, full of history and full of life. No wonder it's a Unesco World Heritage Site...

This pages have not been finished. There's so much to see in Valparaiso, that I need more than one day to take all the pictures I want. But be aware. More tips and pictures will be coming...

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Arquitecture and landscapes
  • Cons:Very easy to get lost
  • In a nutshell:Steep cliffs, bisected by twisting footpaths, stairways and surrounded by beauty.
  • Last visit to Valparaíso: Nov 2003
  • Intro Updated Jan 27, 2004
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  • globetrott's Profile Photo
    Dec 11, 2007 at 10:31 AM

    a lot of great infos, thanks for sharing !

  • DPando's Profile Photo
    Apr 5, 2007 at 7:30 AM

    apasionante pagina !!! preciosa !!! me tomo un monton de cosas de tus consejos para mi viaje !

  • emoja's Profile Photo
    Apr 3, 2007 at 2:47 PM

    Your tips are beautiful! I was going to only take a day trip to Valparaiso, but your page has made me think about sticking around for a couple of days. Thank you!

  • Jan 17, 2007 at 4:08 AM

    great pics! :))) just I had to stop and drop something! greetings :))))

  • condorito's Profile Photo
    Aug 25, 2006 at 10:59 PM

    Hay churros, y hay churros, very nice page, pictures and style Thanks

  • frankcanfly's Profile Photo
    Apr 24, 2006 at 9:49 AM

    I can understand why you have the TOP Valparaiso page! Great photos and tips. Thanks!

  • tevfik's Profile Photo
    Feb 17, 2006 at 9:24 PM

    fantastic page. great photos...

  • TheWanderingCamel's Profile Photo
    Oct 28, 2005 at 7:06 PM

    Love Valparaiso the first time around, will definitelt be coming back. Great photos and tips. leyle

  • maykal's Profile Photo
    Sep 21, 2005 at 1:50 PM

    wow, this sounds like my sort of city. I'm surprised it isn't better known over here. :@P

  • mydreamquest's Profile Photo
    Aug 3, 2005 at 2:28 PM

    so well written and the pictures are so vivid I feel as if I am in valparaiso. thanks, it was like a vacation reading thru this.

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