Valparaiso Tours, Vacations, Travel Packages & Experiences
Located in central Chile northwest of the capital, Valparaiso is one of the country’s most important sea ports as well as a hub of Chilean culture to be experienced ona Chile vacation.
Valparaiso served as the first major port of call for ships coming around Cape Horn. As a result, it became a vital commercial centre for the Pacific coast. When Chilean independence was achieved in 1818, Valparaiso’s population was only around 5,000 people, however, the California gold rush prompted great interest in Chilean wheat. This resulted in a great deal of immigration and the population boomed to 55,000. Popular with European immigrants, Valparaiso’s golden age (1848-1914) witnessed many arriving from Britain, Germany and Italy, all of whom have left their mark on the city.
When the Panama Canal opened in 1914, Valparaiso suffered greatly as many ships chose to use the canal rather than the longer route around Cape Horn. It wasn’t until after the Second World War that the city began to recover and industrialise.
Valparaiso has been built upon steep hillsides that overlook the Pacific Ocean. The unique architecture found in the city has resulted in the nickname “The Jewel of the Pacific” as well as a UNESCO World Heritage listing in 2003. Visitors on Chile vacations can experience the city by using ascensores (funicular elevators) that leave from the flat city centre and travel up to a completely different city above.
Chile Travel Information
At Goway we believe that a well-informed traveller is a safer traveller. With this in mind, we have compiled an easy to navigate travel information section dedicated to a Chile vacation.
Learn about the history and culture of Chile, the must-try food and drink, and what to pack in your suitcase. Read about Chile's nature and wildlife, weather and geography, along with 'Country Quickfacts' compiled by our travel experts. Our globetrotting tips, as well as our visa and health information will help ensure you're properly prepared for a safe and enjoyable trip. The only way you could possibly learn more is by embarking on your journey and discovering Chile for yourself. Start exploring… book one of our Chile tours today!
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