Valparaiso is a seaside city from Chile. Its harbour is worldly famous because of its importance in trading during the devellopment of south America. It is registrered at the UNESCO patrimony. Most of the buildings of the downtown are more in colonial style and are the oldest of the city. The city is very active by night and you will find a lot of nightclubs and bars, mostly in Bellavista area. The living area are more in the upper streets.
Valparaison historical district is culturally very rich, the street art is very important there. You will see a lot of wall painting of all sizes, music bands playing in the street. A small jazz band I highly recommend is often playing, « Enter gipsy (Y Los guayos) ». Enjoy the show, you won’t find them on internet. If you want to have a bite many restaurants, from all nationnalities, with many differents specialities, can be found all along the street of the area.
A bit like San Francisco, Valparaiso is built on hills. To be able move quickly in different part of the city, a funicular network has been developped. There are 15 of them and all have been built between 1883 and 1915. They are a good cheap way to go from one place to another. It will cost you few pesos and can avoid your a long detour in some sinious streets. You pay at the entrance, you you will have to do is to wait because some of them really attracted toursits.
The high grounds
The high town is mainly residential. It’s a nice place to walk and discover some great viewpoints. The south part will give you a nice sight on the harbour with some belvedere on the hillsides. It’s also a privilege place to souvenirs and art sellers. It’s probably the best place to find some original gifts to bring back to your friends. Heading north you see the second house of Pablo Nureda, la Sebastiana.