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Sto Domingo 71, Valparaíso, Región de Valparaíso, Chile

The original church on the site of Iglesia La Matriz was established in 1559; the building has been through several incarnations since. One church building was destroyed by fire and another was demolished in an earthquake. The present building is...

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Cochrane 253, Valparaíso, Región de Valparaíso, Chile

Plaza Echaurren and Serrano Street are part of the historic district whose authenticity and integrity have been lauded by UNESCO. The plaza—the first ever constructed in Valparaíso—lies at the heart of the old Puerto...

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Valparaíso, Valparaiso Region, Chile

Overlooked by the imposing Edificio de la Comandancia Naval, the Plaza Sotomayor is the site of a monument to heroes of the Battle of Iquique, the 1879 turning point in the war between Peru and Chile. Captain Arturo Prat Chacón, commanding...

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Cerro Alegre, Valparaíso, Región de Valparaíso, Chile

The Cerro Alegre/Cerro Concepción neighborhood is wonderful for walking, with many promenades and terrific views of the bay. The hilly area still conveys the culture of the European immigrants, mostly German and British, who settled here in...

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Cochrane 893, Valparaíso, Región de Valparaíso, Chile

From Cerro Concepción, the visitor has a good view of the Turri Clock Tower (Reloj Turri), a familiar Valparaíso landmark at the intersection of Prat and Cochrane streets. A ride down the funicular takes you to the...

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Valparaíso, Valparaiso Region, Chile

In a city built on steep terrain, it is a wonderful thing to have the option to ride up and down the hillsides rather than walk. In 1883, Valparaíso's first funicular (ascensor), the hydraulic Ascensor Concepción, made it...

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Gálvez 26, Valparaíso, Región de Valparaíso, Chile

You don't need a guide to see Valparaíso's famous street art; it is everywhere—on houses, shops, commercial buildings, funiculars and even the municipal garbage trucks. Many of the images tell tales—of individuals and...

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George Washington 33, Valparaíso, Región de Valparaíso, Chile

A heartfelt testament to the seaport's history is contained in the Villa Victoria, where the story of the city comes to life. This charming museum, established in a local mansion, contains artifacts and displays of the former glory...

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Paseo Veintiuno de Mayo, Valparaíso, Región de Valparaíso, Chile

Next to the top of the Ascensor Cerro Artillería is the Museo Naval y Marítimo (the Naval and Maritime Museum). In a country that is mostly coastline, the navy has an outsize importance. At this museum, after taking in the terrific...

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Paseo Yugoslavo, Valparaíso, Región de Valparaíso, Chile

The former residence of the Croatian businessman Pascual Baburizza is now the home of Valparaíso's small and distinctive fine-arts museum, known as the Palacio Baburizza. It contains works by local artists as well as artwork...

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Ricardo de Ferrari 692, Valparaíso, Región de Valparaíso, Chile

It is almost impossible to think about culture in Chile without reference to Pablo Neruda, Nobel laureate in literature in 1971 and one of the finest of modern poets. A polemical figure during his life—beloved by many, reviled by...

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Pilcomayo 566, Valparaíso, Región de Valparaíso, Chile

A further testimony to the English influence in Valparaíso is the Iglesia Anglicana San Pablo—St. Paul's Anglican Church, built in 1858 by the architect William Lloyd. With Catholicism as the only permitted religion,...

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Concepción, Valparaíso, Región de Valparaíso, Chile

Chilean country cooking, or comida típica, is homey but not necessarily simple to replicate, combining unexpected ingredients and distinctive twists on familiar themes. A fun way to capture some flavors of the style is to...

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Hijuelas Nº 2 Ex Fundo - Sta Rosa, Casablanca, Región de Valparaíso, Chile

Chile is unquestionably wine country, and the Casablanca Valley is one of the chief focal points of viticulture in the nation. In this abundantly productive area, not far from Valparaíso, local wineries offer wine tastings, tours and...

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Santiago, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile

Like nearly every Latin American city, Santiago has at its heart a civic square open to the public and brimming with life (and these squares are often named Plaza de Armas). Santiago's Plaza de Armas is distinguished by two fine...

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Moneda, Santiago, Región Metropolitana, Chile

The Palacio La Moneda is the seat of executive power in Chile (the legislature is based in Valparaíso). This imposing late-18th-century building originally served as the national mint—hence the name, La Moneda ("the coin")....

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Bandera 361, Santiago, Región Metropolitana, Chile

For a glimpse of the cultural riches that preceded the arrival of European settlers in the Americas, the Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino is a must-see. This unique institution is dedicated to the study and conservation of the artistic heritage...

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Santiago, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
Conquistador Pedro de Valdivia founded Santiago here on February 12, 1541. Eventually two Spanish fortresses were erected on the hill, alongside early hermitages and Chile’s first astronomical observatory. You'll also find one of the...
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Matucana 501, Santiago, Región Metropolitana, Chile

The political history of Chile from 1973 to 1990 is still a delicate subject in many respects, but at the Museum of Memory and Human Rights, an effort has been made to address the turmoil, the politics and the painful years that began...

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Hector Calvo, 392 - Cerro Bellavista, Valparaíso, Región de Valparaíso, Chile

The restaurant at the Hostería Espíritu Santo, located next to La Sebastiana, offers top-tier local seafood and locally sourced greens and legumes. The wine list is small but comprehensive, offering the best...

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Papudo 541, Valparaíso, Región de Valparaíso, Chile

Located in an 1880 mansion on top of Cerro Concepción, Restaurant La Concepción offers local and international cuisine with an extensive list of local wines. Beef and lamb supplement the usual coastal offerings of fish and...

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Uruguay 125, Valparaíso, Región de Valparaíso, Chile

On the second floor of the Mercado Cardonal is a favorite local eatery, the marisquería (shellfish restaurant) called El Rincón de Pancho. Come for the bustling atmosphere of the real Valparaíso, and dine on the kind of...

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Urriola 652, Valparaíso, Región de Valparaíso, Chile

The artsy bohemia porteña and the tasty comida típica chilena (traditional Chilean cooking) meet at the Café del Pintor, a charming small spot favored by locals and tourists alike. Indoors and out, it bears the...

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Monte Alegre 149, Valparaíso, Región de Valparaíso, Chile

Restaurant Alegre (at the Hotel Palacio Astoreca) specializes in seafood, with preparations trending toward modern and even edgy approaches to the local bounty. Guests are offered the opportunity to visit the restaurant's wine cellar to select...

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San Pablo 967, Santiago, Región Metropolitana, Chile

Santiago has many fine restaurants—some of them just what you might encounter in other sophisticated cities. Donde Augusto at the old Central Market (Mercado Central) is different. Offering steaming bowls of seafood soup, local breads to dip...

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Lautaro Rosas 449, Valparaíso, Región de Valparaíso, Chile

Chile is well known for its semiprecious lapis lazuli, and the country has a strong tradition of jewelry made with these stones and silver. One highly recommended taller, or workshop, is Art in Silver, where shoppers can sometimes encounter...

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Santo Domingo 689, Santiago, Región Metropolitana, Chile

For a comprehensive selection of Chilean handicrafts and arts, visit the shops of the Fundación Artesanías de Chile in Santiago. Rugs, baskets, blankets and leather goods are available, all made with sustainable development and the...

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San Enrique 510, Valparaíso, Región de Valparaíso, Chile

Another place worth a visit is the leather workshop Taller Antiquina. Leather products of all sorts, from handbags and wallets to small furnishings, are made by hand on the premises. The owner has artistry in his blood, and never makes the...

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Close to the Cerro Santa Lucía, you'll find another good shop with Chilean handicrafts made by local artisans—the Centro de Exposición de Arte Indígena. The center has traditional products found...

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Pío Nono 73, Providencia, Región Metropolitana, Chile
At Patio Bellavista, a complex of more than 90 shops, restaurants, and bars occupying an entire city block in a bohemian Santiago neighborhood, you can always count on action. The infectious buzz and upbeat feel are enhanced by a multilevel design...