Valparaiso, Chile

Valparaiso is Chile's joy and pride. It's a popular destination for dreamers and lovers alike. UNESCO designated Valparaíso a World Heritage Site in 2002. The city is 115km (71 miles) northwest of Santiago; 8km (5 miles) south of Viña del Mar.

The atmosphere is quite bohemian with multicolored clapboard homes and Vic¬to¬ri¬an mansions. The maze of narrow pas¬sa¬ge¬ways and sinuous streets that seem to be part of ravine and hillsides are just wonderful to explore.

Valparaiso was made famous by ge¬ne¬ra¬tions of poets, writers and artists seeking ultimate inspiration, including the Nobel prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda, who owned a home here.

The city is known for its eccentric and antiquated bars that stay open into the wee hours of the morning, and its restaurants, some of which have the most dramatic sea views found anywhere in the country.

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