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Exclusive Valparaiso in Depth - Intransit
Valparaiso is well-known all over the world due to its impressive architecture and because it has been mentioned in world-famous books such as “Moby Dick” by Herman Melville. During the tour you will be able to experience the hilly old part of Valparaiso, as well as the impressive downtown section, and experience a ride on two of the amazing “ascensores”, or funiculars, some of them unique in the world. This tour has been designed for those who want to walk the town and want to “discover” Valparaiso more intimately.
The city consists of two completely different sections, one of them known as El Plan, referring to the lower part adjacent to the port area. Continue with a drive up the hillside where we find the other section, "Los Cerros" or "El Plan Alto". On some 42 hills we find a jumbled mass of fine mansions, tattered houses, and shacks in utter confusion spread along the narrow streets. Your first stop will be at the promenade “Paseo 21 de Mayo”. From here there is a superb view over the city and its bay. Next, your bus will descend to El Plan and you will pass by the main feature of this area which is the Plaza Sotomayor, dominated by the Naval Headquarters building and the impressive monument to the Heroes of Iquique. From here you will cross the historical business center with fine office buildings on narrow streets strung along the edge of the bay. As your bus drives along Prat avenue, you will distinguish majestic, ancient buildings belonging to some banks that do not exist anymore, such as A. Edwards and Cia. and the former Banco de Londres. Also notable is the Turri building, right at the end of the block, which has at the top a very impressive clock. Other interesting buildings worth mentioning are the El Mercurio building, the oldest newspaper in Chile still in operation, the Stock Exchange, and the Public Library.
The tour will continue through Plaza Victoria, which was the heart of all social life during the 1880’s. In front of it is possible to see the cathedral, built between 1930 and 1950. Afterwards, you will have the wonderful chance to experience a ride on one of the most picturesque funiculars of Valparaiso.
From here, your bus will take Alemania Avenue, the only one that crosses most of the Valparaiso hills. Climbing up hills, you will see the city from another point of view. You will reach “La Sebastiana”, one of the museum houses of the laureate Nobel Prize winner, Pablo Neruda. Astonishing in its construction, and also for the enormous variety of different types of objects found here. From here you will go to Cerro Alegre. Afterwards, lunch at a local restaurant. Then, you will descend in to El Plan of Valparaiso on another amazing “ascensor”. Your bus will be waiting to take you back to the ship.
Need to Know:
Note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, sometimes over uneven terrain, so it is not advisable for people with walking problems or who are in wheelchairs. On Mondays La Sebastiana museum is closed and will be replaced with the Naval museum. Tour is for in-transit guests only. It begins and ends at the pier.
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Tours with this activity level involve physical exertion for extended periods of time; can involve uneven or steep terrain or swimming in a light current. Recommended only for physically fit and adventurous travelers.
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