Valparaíso attractions

Top Choice Historic Building in Valparaíso

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 firs…
Top Choice Arts 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 getting s…
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 ma…
Museum in Valparaíso

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, swords, …
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 European …
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 Museo …
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 to …
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 renovat…
Market in Valparaíso

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.
Museum in Valparaíso

Museo de Historia Natural

Explore the natural history of central Chile in nine rooms that focus on biology and ecosystems. Signage is in Spanish only.