Top ChoiceHistoric Building in Valparaíso

La Sebastiana

La Sebastiana

Bellavista's most famous resident writer was Pablo Neruda, who made a point of watching Valparaíso's annual New Year's fireworks from his house at the top of the hill, La Sebastiana. Because entry operates on a...

Top ChoiceArts Centre in Valparaíso

Parque Cultural de Valparaíso

This cultural center built from the bones of a prison has a little bit of everything the thinking traveler could ask for. There are excellent murals in the old exercise yards (with practically no chance of...

Plaza in Valparaíso

Plaza Sotomayor

Plaza Sotomayor is dominated by the palatial blue-colored Edificio Armada de Chile. In the middle of the square lies the Monumento a los Héroes de Iquique, a subterranean mausoleum paying tribute to Chile's naval...

Museum in Valparaíso

Museo Marítimo Nacional

Museo Marítimo Nacional

Cannons still stand ready outside this naval museum. Much space is devoted to Chile's victory in the 19th-century War of the Pacific. Other exhibits include historical paintings, uniforms, ships' furniture,...

Cemetery in Valparaíso

Cementerios 1 & 2

The city's most illustrious, influential and infamous residents rest in peace in Cementerios 1 and 2, where the tombs look like ornate mini alaces. Nearby is the Cementerio de Disidentes, where English and...

Funicular in Valparaíso

Ascensor El Peral

The recently revamped Ascensor El Peral starts from near the Tribunales (Law Courts) just off Plaza Sotomayor and continues to Cerro Alegre, home to the Palacio Baburizza (1916), which now contains the city's...

Monument in Valparaíso

Reloj Turri

Where Prat and Cochrane converge to become Esmeralda, the Edificio Turri narrows to the width of its namesake clock tower, the Reloj Turri. This is one of the most iconic buildings in old Valparaiso, dating back...

Funicular in Valparaíso

Ascensor Concepción

The city's oldest funicular, Ascensor Concepción takes you to Paseo Gervasoni, at the lower end of Cerro Concepción. Built in 1883, it originally ran on steam power. At the time of research it was closed for...

Market in Valparaíso

Mercado Cardonal

Mercado Cardonal

As colorful as Valparaíso's trademark houses – and built almost as high – are the fruit and vegetable displays in the Mercado Cardonal, bordered by Yungay, Brasil, Uruguay and Rawson.

Cemetery in Valparaíso

Cementerio de Disidentes

Adjoining the main cemetery, the Cementerio de Disidentes is the spot where English and European immigrants were buried. Despite the name, these departed souls weren't rabble-rousers; they were simply...

Plaza in Valparaíso

Plaza Matriz

Plaza Matriz

The historic heart of the city is Plaza Matriz, which is watched over by Iglesia La Matriz. Begun in 1837, it's the fifth church to occupy this site since the construction of the original chapel in 1559.

Area in Valparaíso

Museo a Cielo Abierto

Twenty classic, colorful murals are dotted through this cerro's lower streets, forming the Museo a Cielo Abierto, an open-air museum with works from famed Chilean artists such as Mario Toral and Roberto Matta....

Museum in Valparaíso

Museo de Bellas Artes

The rambling art nouveau building at the western end of Cerro Alegre is called Palacio Baburizza; it houses the Museo de Bellas Artes, which has a decent permanent collection plus plenty of details on the...

Landmark in Valparaíso

Congreso Nacional

One of Valpo's only modern landmarks is the controversial horseshoe-shaped Congreso Nacional, located in the eastern section of El Plan. Its roots lie in Pinochet's presidency both literally and legislatively: it...

Museum in Valparaíso

Museo Lukas

Local cartoonist Lukas had a sharp eye for the idiosyncrasies of Valparaíso. You need to speak Spanish to understand his sardonic political strips displayed here, but the ink drawings of iconic Valpo buildings...

Area in Valparaíso

Barrio El Puerto

In the west of El Plan, Barrio El Puerto (the port neighborhood) has the twin honors of being the oldest part of Valparaíso and the most run-down. Crumbling stone facades hint of times gone by.

Historic Site in Valparaíso

Mercado Puerto

Long defunct (and home to a pack of street cats), El Puerto's beautifully restored food market should be open again by the time you read this.