The unique and vibrant city of Valparaiso once mentioned in Moby Dick is an UNESCO World heritage site and is Chile’s closest port to the capital of Santiago.
Discovered in the1500s by Juan de Savedra the city grew to become South Americas most important port before the opening of the Panama Canal in 1914.
The main features of this enchanting city are the many hill side funiculars or asensores and the colourful houses that are spontaneously built upon the hills that act as an amphitheatre with a multitude of views to observe the magic of the city.
Amongst the 30 or so hills that are in the city, the main places to stay would be in the principal tourist sectors of Cerro Concepción, Cerro Allegre, Cerro Artilleria and Cerro Bellavista.
All of these areas have a wealth of interesting art shops and have great night life with good quality restaurants and bars.Pasta e Vino (http://www.pastaevinoristorante.cl/)