It’s Valparaíso For Senior Tourists

I’m reading a book called “Poseidon’s Arrow” by Clive Cussler.  They make reference to this neat port in Chile, so this senior reader wanted to investigate Valparaíso and share with you what I found. The city is  located about 65 miles (111.8 km) northwest of Santiago, the capital.

There is lots of history in this port since Valparaíso played a very important geopolitical role in the second half of the 19th century, when the city served as a major stopover for ships traveling between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans by crossing the Straits of Magellan.

Jewel of the Pacific Beacons Senior Travelers

Wikipedia has an abundance of  information on the port for senior visitors. The port, its unique blend of international seaport atmosphere and chaotic topography and architecture, make the city an ideal place to start the exploration of Chile’s many urban and natural attractions.

It’s a beautiful area and TripAdvisor notes that is known for its bohemian, artistic vibe and lovely vistas. Its UNESCO-designated historic downtown offers charming colonial architecture, great seafood restaurants, markets and stores. Upon your arrival you’ll soon see why it’s called “The Jewel of the Pacific.”

YouTube takes us into the heart of the port. You’ll find plenty to see and do once you arrive on the central coast of Chile. There is living history in all corners of the city  with lots of tourist services.

La Sebastiana and Cerro Concepcion are two of the most delightful of all Valparaíso’s neighborhoods, with its brightly painted corrugated iron facades and pitched roofs. To get there, take the city’s oldest elevator, called the Ascensor Turri from the corner of Prat and Carreño, across from the Clock Tower.

Valparaíso is a World Heritage Site (2003). I love every one of them wherever they are in all the 192 countries in the world.  The Boston Globe notes that Valparaíso has been very busy revamping the city since they are expecting an influx of tourists and very soon.

I’ll depart today with a Virtual Tourist link that provides senior tourists with an overview of the city. So make plans now and beat the rush. jeb



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