The Five Star Vagabond

Super travel tips, all road tested by David Herd. I'm an Australian guy who moved to Thailand in 2011 & still travel the world as often as possible.

Valparaiso central Chile

October 22, 2013 by David Herd

Living on the edge in Valparaiso central Chile

Valparaiso central Chile

Valparaiso central Chile about 100 kilometers from Santiago. I bet this fantastic house has been photographed millions of times, perched on the edge of a sheer drop you would not want to be a sleep walker.

This is one of the escalators (Ascensores) connecting the harbour area to the hills, and the building is the restaurant Las Brujas.

Funicular or Elevator

Valparaiso central ChileIn 1996, the World Monuments Fund declared Valparaíso’s unusual system of funicular elevators (highly-inclined cable cars) one of the world’s 100 most endangered historical treasures.

Heroes of Iquique Valparaiso

Valparaiso Los Heroes

Iquique is a port city and region in north Chile. Territorial disputes between a united BoliviaPeru and Chile triggered the War of the Pacific in 1879. The Battle of Iquique was fought in the harbour of Iquique on 21 May 1879. Now commemorated as Navy Day, an annual public holiday in Chile. The outcome of the war gave Chile this portion of Peruvian territory.


Chilean Navy Office in Sotomayor Square

Valparaiso central Chile The Sotomayor Square is the main square of beautiful Valparaiso central Chile. Valparaiso is a UNESCO world heritage site of Chile. The beautiful building is the Chilean Navy Office.

Friendly Llama

Llama Chile

The young guy is fascinated by the cute Llama.

Valparaiso central Chile


Typical Valparaiso home

A very distinctive building style here in the city.

Overlooking Valparaiso.Valparaiso port Chile

Winding down into the city we get a view of the port.

The port of Valparaiso

Valparaiso central Chile

Valparaiso central Chile is a very interesting city, Viña del Mar  is the next seaside town.

 Valparaiso central ChileValparaiso homes

  The long winding road entering Valparaiso comes down from the hills.

Vina del Mar

Vina del Mar Viña del Mar  meaning “Vineyard by the Sea”, is a city and  on central Chile’s Pacific coast right next to Valparaiso. Its long stretches of white sandy beaches are a major attraction for national and international tourists. Known as La Ciudad Jardín (“The Garden City”), Viña del Mar is a Chilean Municipality located in the Valparaíso Region. Viña del Mar has a population of 286,931 (according to the 2002 census), it is Chile’s fourth largest city.

Vina del Mar.Valparaiso central Chile

 Valparaiso central Chile was an interesting stopover on my way from Brazil to Australia.

Here I am at Vina del Mar in October 2003.David Herd in Vina del Mar in October 2003

I’m very pleased I took this tour to this ancient port of  Valparaiso central Chile. 

Statue off Easter island in Vina del MarStatue of Easter island in Vina del Mar

Easter Island is certainly not on my travel agenda. 🙂

Downtown Santiago.Downtown Santiago

I only spent two nights in Santiago and must admit I was not too impressed. I found it a fairly dull city overall, unlike Valparaiso and Vina del Mar which are more to my liking. However when it comes to drinking wine Chile has some wonderful examples. Although I live in Thailand most of the wine I drink here comes from Chile.

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