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Valparaiso, Chile

Known as "The Jewel of the Pacific," Valparaíso is one of South America's most charming, historic and picturesque ports. Declared a World Heritage Site in 2003, Valparaíso is a pleasant blend of historical interest, natural beauty and unique architecture - particularly its mix of 19th-century houses. If you love charming and culturally distinctive surroundings, this is your kind of place.

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Valparaiso, Chile

Port of Call in South America

The One Thing You Don't Want to Miss

One of Valparaíso's many attractions is its colorful hillside neighborhoods. And the best (if not the only) way to visit this unique area is by boarding one of the city's famous ascensores. These charming wooden cable cars will take you high into the surrounding hills, passing houses and backyards along the way. From your vantage point in the hills you'll enjoy spectacular views of the city below and the sea beyond. A truly unforgettable experience.

Sporting Adventures

The sandy white beaches on the southern coast of Valparaíso are the perfect place for swimming and sunning, or a variety of water activities, including surfing, windsurfing, kayaking, snorkeling and scuba-diving. And with hundreds of miles of coastline and countless rivers and lakes. Valparaíso is an angler's dream come true. You can test your skill against saltwater species like sea bass, tuna, and bonito, and freshwater trout, bass and river salmon.

Local Flavors

As most of Chile's coastal cities, in Valparaíso, seafood rules. Almost every port on the Chilean coast has a small market or a row of seafood restaurants where excellent seafood can be eaten very inexpensively. And with its subtropical Mediterranean-like climate, the region is well suited to growing a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, especially avocados, mangoes and papayas. Of course, if you really want to eat like a Chilean you'll have to try the local favorite - chorillana - chips covered with sliced steak, fried onions and scrambled eggs.

Shopping for Bargains

Valparaíso offers the shopper a little of everything, from high-end shops featuring designer clothing and high-quality lapis lazuli jewelry, to street vendors selling traditional Chilean or Andean handcrafts and art. And if you're looking for unique or antique items, drop by O'Higgins Square. This local flea market is a treasure trove of old books, sea chests, furniture and bric-a-brac from out of the past.

Currency

Valparaíso's currency is the Chilean Peso (CH$). Unlike other South American countries, Chile rarely accepts U.S. dollars. (The exception is larger hotels, where prices are often quoted only in dollars.) Credit cards and traveler's checks are accepted everywhere in Valparaíso's most touristy areas. However, if you're planning to shop in outlying areas or smaller stores, it is advisable to carry a certain amount of Chilean pesos.

Weather in Valparaiso, Chile

Month:

Temperature Fahrenheit Celsius
Average High 86° 30°
Average Low 53° 11.67°
Mean Temperature N/A N/A
Record High N/A N/A
Record Low N/A N/A
Precipitation Inches Centimeters
Average Precip. 0.01 in 0.03 cm

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