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Best of Valparaiso

Valparaíso is well known for its impressive architecture and its mention in Moby Dick by Herman Melville. During the tour, you will see the old, hilly old part of Valparaíso, as well as the impressive downtown section. The city consists of two sections, the first of which is El Plan—the lower part of town adjacent to the port area. Continue with a drive up the hillside to the other section, Los Cerros or El Plan Alto. On some 42 hills lies a jumbled mass of fine mansions, tattered houses and shacks in utter confusion spread along the narrow streets. Your first stop will be at the promenade Paseo 21 de Mayo. From here, take in a superb view over the city and bay. Next, your coach will descend to El Plan and you will pass by Plaza Sotomayor, dominated by the Naval Headquarters building, and the impressive Monument to the Heroes of Iquique. Cross the historical business center with fine office buildings on narrow streets that are strung along the edge of the bay. Watch for the majestic, ancient buildings belonging to now-defunct banks—A. Edwards & Co. and the former Banco de Londres. Also notable is the Turri building with its impressive clock. See the El Mercurio building housing the oldest newspaper in Chile still in operation, the Stock Exchange, and the Public Library. Continue through Plaza Victoria—heart of the 1880s social scene—and past the cathedral built between 1930 and 1950. Experience a ride on two of the amazing ascensores, or funiculars—quite unique in style. Climbing into the hills by way of Alemania Avenue, you will see the city from another point of view. Visit La Sebastiana—one of the museum houses of the laureate Nobel Prize winner Pablo Neruda. You’ll appreciate its astonishing in its construction and the enormous variety of different types of objects found here. At Cerro Alegre, enjoy refreshments at the beautiful square; then you will descend to El Plan and head back to the ship.
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4 out of 4(100%)reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Customer Reviews for Best of Valparaiso
Review 1 for Best of Valparaiso
Overall Rating
4 out of 5
4 out of 5

Good but not rated right

Date:March 5, 2014
Alva
Cruise Date Year:2014
Cruise Date Month:January
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
We took this tour and enjoyed what we saw, BUT it was rated as a 2 person. We can walk with no problem but not a lot of steps, hills or uneven ground. Well this town is all hills. We spent 1 hour waiting for the group and when they came back they were beat and all said it should have been rated 3-4 people because is was difficult. Then the guide said it would be easy for us to walk to a place for a snack because it was only 2 blocks and all downhill. Well it was more like 6 blocks and down a very steep hill. We had to walk in the road because the sidewalks were so uneven and lots of steps. We were the last ones down and they had to wait for us. A good tour if you are in shape and no problem with steps and uneven cobblestones and hills.
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
+4points
4out of 4found this review helpful.
Review 2 for Best of Valparaiso
Overall Rating
4 out of 5
4 out of 5

Nice break for the morning

Date:May 11, 2013
curlersue
Location:Ontario, Canada
Cruise Date Year:2013
Cruise Date Month:April
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
Enjoyed it?
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Value
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
The tour was a nice break from the ship for the morning. Our tour guide was knowledgeable and she spoke excellent English. We saw many parts of Valparaiso and enjoyed two rides on ascensores. Views were excellent and it certainly is a very colourful city. Pablo Neruda's home is quite unique and offers great views as well.
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
+3points
3out of 3found this review helpful.
Review 3 for Best of Valparaiso
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4 out of 5
4 out of 5

Pleasant look at Valparaiso

Date:May 9, 2013
CurlerRob
Location:Burlington, ON
Cruise Date Year:2013
Cruise Date Month:April
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
Enjoyed it?
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
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3 out of 5
A decent day's excursion - guide was knowledgeable and quite fluent in English. The tour provided a pleasant look at the city, with enough stops for photos and shopping.
A good way to take a break from shipboard life.
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
+3points
3out of 3found this review helpful.
Review 4 for Best of Valparaiso
Overall Rating
4 out of 5
4 out of 5

Good Overview of Valparaiso.

Date:January 27, 2013
Gleno
Location:Australia
Cruise Date Year:2012
Cruise Date Month:October
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
Enjoyed it?
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Value
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Lovely views of the city from good vantage points. Very pleasant tour guide with good English skills. Interesting information and a leisuely pace. Pablo Neruda's house was facinating. All made for a very nice day off the ship.
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
+4points
4out of 4found this review helpful.