|Nickname(s): The Jewel of the Pacific, Valpo|
|Coordinates (city): Coordinates:|
|• Alcalde||Jorge Castro Muñoz|
|• City||401.6 km2 (155.1 sq mi)|
|Elevation||10 m (30 ft)|
|• Density||690/km2 (1,800/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CLT (UTC−4)|
|• Summer (DST)||CLST (UTC−3)|
|Area code(s)||(country) 56 + (city) 32|
|Website||Official website (Spanish)|
Valparaíso (//, Spanish: [balpaɾaˈiso]) is a city, port, and commune of Chile, center of its third largest conurbation (Greater Valparaíso). It is located 69.5 miles (111.8 km) northwest of Santiago and is one of the country's most important seaports. The city is the capital of the Valparaíso Province and the Valparaíso Region. Although Santiago is Chile's official capital, the National Congress of Chile has met in Valparaíso since 1990.
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. Always a magnet for European immigrants, Valparaíso mushroomed during its golden age, when the city was known by international sailors as “Little San Francisco” and “The Jewel of the Pacific.”
Examples of Valparaíso’s former glory include Latin America’s oldest stock exchange, the continent’s first volunteer fire department, Chile’s first public library, and the oldest Spanish language newspaper in continuous publication in the world, El Mercurio de Valparaíso. The opening of the Panama Canal and reduction in ship traffic dealt a staggering blow to Valparaíso, though the city has staged an impressive renaissance in recent years.
Though nearby San Antonio has become the country’s most commercially important seaport in terms of tonnage moved, the City of Valparaíso remains a vibrant center of Chilean culture. The Greater Valparaíso metropolitan area (which includes Valparaíso, Viña del Mar, Quilpué and Villa Alemana) has the third-largest concentration of population in the country after Greater Santiago and Greater Concepción.
- 1 History
- 2 Geography
- 3 Climate
- 4 Cityscape
- 5 Economy
- 6 Transport
- 7 Demographics
- 8 Administration
- 9 Culture
- 10 Health and education
- 11 Sports
- 12 Notable residents
- 13 Education
- 14 Gallery
- 15 International relations
- 16 References
- 17 External links
Valparaíso's bay was probably first populated by Picunches Indians, who were dedicated to agriculture. Other accounts say that it was the Changos who were nomads dedicated to fishing, and traveling between Caldera and Concepcion. Spanish explorers arrived in 1536, aboard the Santiaguillo, a supply ship sent by Diego de Almagro, who is considered the first European explorer, or discoverer, of Chile. The Santiaguillo carried men and supplies for Almagro’s expedition, under the command of Juan de Saavedra, who named the town after his native village of Valparaíso de Arriba in Cuenca, Spain.
During Spanish colonial times, Valparaíso remained a small village, with only a few houses and a church. After Chile’s independence from Spain (1818), Valparaíso became the main harbour for the nascent Chilean navy, and opened to international trade, formerly limited to commerce with Spain and its other colonies.
Valparaíso soon became a desired stopover for ships rounding South America via the Strait of Magellan and Cape Horn. It gained particular importance supporting and supplying the California Gold Rush (1848–1858). In its role as a major seaport, Valparaíso received immigrants from many European countries, mainly from Britain, Germany, France, Switzerland and Italy. German, French, Italian and English were commonly spoken among its citizens, who founded and published newspapers in these languages.
International immigration transformed the local culture from Spanish origins and Amerindian origins, including the construction of the first non-Catholic cemetery of Chile, The Cemetery of Dissidents. Football (soccer) was introduced to Chile by English immigrants, and the first private Catholic school in Chile was founded by French immigrants in Valparaíso: Le Collège des Sacrés Cœurs (The Sacred Hearts School) which has been operating for about 170 years. Immigrants from Scotland and Germany founded the first private secular schools, (The Mackay School, and Die Deutsche Schule, respectively). Immigrants formed the first volunteer fire-fighting units (still a volunteer activity in Chile). Their buildings reflected a variety of European styles, making Valparaíso more varied than some other Chilean cities.
In August 18, 1906; a major earthquake struck Valparaíso; there was extensive property damage and thousands of deaths. The Chilean doctor Carlos Van Buren, of U.S. descent, was involved in medical care of earthquake victims. He later established a modern hospital Carlos Van Buren Hospital in 1912.
The golden age of Valparaíso’s commerce ended after the opening of the Panama Canal (1914). Shipping shifted to the canal as captains sought to avoid the risks of the Strait of Magellan. The port's use and traffic declined significantly, causing a decline in the city's economy. Since the turn of the 21st century, shipping has increased in the last few decades with fruit exports, increasing opening of the Chilean economy to world commerce, and larger-scale, Post-Panamax ships that do not fit the Panama Canal.
1814: March 28, as part of the US-England War of 1812, the USS Essex is defeated after being attacked by British frigates "Pheobe" and "Cherub". In Naval Battle of Valparaíso, 58 US marines are killed. The captain of the USS Essex, David Porter, after retiring in Indiana, asks the city council of Portersville, Indiana to change the name of the city to Valparaíso to commemorate the only naval battle he ever lost.
1820: August 2, sails from Valparaíso Liberating Expedition of Peru.
1822: a half past ten in the evening of November 19 in Valparaíso occurs a violent earthquake that left the city in ruins, killing 66 adults and 12 children, in addition to 110 wounded, 16 thousand people who had the city at the time. Among the wounded Account Liberator of Chile and then the country's Supreme Director Bernardo O'Higgins who slept in the palace of city government, and not for what took in a litter, he had died crushed by the building collapsing. The next day was a meteor visible from Quillota to Valparaíso, which aroused religious sentiments in the population.
1827: September 12 is based El Mercurio de Valparaíso, the oldest newspaper in Spanish in circulation world ongoing.
1837: June 6. In Baron Hill is shot and did not die because, lead to ballonetazos, the minister Diego Portales, military conspirators who opposed the war against the Peru-Bolivian Confederation, promoted by the minister. Royal Navy Pacific Station closes and relocated to Esquimalt, British Columbia.
1851: the first fire department in the country is formed. This year is the first case in Valparaíso insurance company national character
1852: begins operating the first service of the city's drinking water. This year starts working the Telegraph between Valparaíso and Santiago, the first in Latin America
1856: September 18, the first street lighting system with 700 gas lanterns lighting opens.
1861: The first tramway company is formed, starting the first car to roll - animal traction - in 1863.
1866: taking the total lack of defenses in Valparaíso, the Spanish fleet commanded by Casto Méndez Núñez bombarded the city during the Spanish-South American war. Spanish Chilean merchant fleet sunk, except those vessels whose captains hoisted foreign flags.
1872: as a merger of the National Steamship Company and Chilean Steamship Company, the South American Steamship Company was created as a national response to the increasing dominance of the shipping Pacific Steam Navigation Company.
1880: August 25 is set to Valparaíso Chilean Telephone Company of Edison, which formed by American Joseph Husbands, Peter Mac Kellar, James Martin and the U.S. consul in Valparaíso Lucius Foot, became the first telephone company of Chile.
1883: on December 1 Concepción elevator opens, that running a hydraulic system and coordination cries, becomes the first of its kind in the city.
After the country's independence and its consequent openness to international trade, Valparaíso became an important center for trade routes of the world, settling in the city lot of immigrants, mostly Europeans and Americans, who helped him a marked cosmopolitan look, thus including Valparaíso and Chile in the then industrial revolution the world, creating different city in civil institutions, financial, commercial and industrial, many of which still exist in the country.
All this resulted in a population increase the city that reached more than 160 000 inhabitants in the late nineteenth century, being necessary to use the steep hills to build houses and mansions then even cemeteries. Shortly after, and the lack of available land, began to attract land in what was once sea to build administrative, commercial buildings and industrial infrastructure.
The twentieth century began with the first big protest of dockworkers, Chile on April 15, 1903, due to complaints of Dockers for their excessive working hours and a salary increase, requests that were ignored by employers, creating a situation tense that led to serious violence on May 12, as taking the quartermaster by Protestants, burning CSAV offices and shot and kill people in different parts of the city. All this prompted the intervention at the state level, whichever siege for several days in the city. This protest was important for the future of unionism in the country.
The same year, electric streetcars, which replaced the previous urban railways were opened to animal traction.
On August 16, 1906 earthquake occurred on Valparaíso, which caused severe damage throughout the city, which was at that time the heart of the Chilean economy.
Damage was valued at hundreds of millions of pesos of the time, and human victims were counted at 3,000 dead and over 20,000 wounded. After removing the debris, reconstruction work began. These included the widening of streets, paving the vaulting and the estuaries of Jaime and Delicias, creating the current avenues France and Argentina respectively, the main street of the city was laid: Pedro Montt, Plaza O'Higgins was created, blew up a hill to allow the passage of Colon Street, the damaged Edwards mansion was demolished and in its place the present Cathedral of Valparaíso was screened, among many other works that gave shape to the current Almendral Valparaíso neighborhood.
In 1910 the port expansion work of the city, which ended in 1930 began. Among the built a breakwater (1 km long and 55 mt of profundad), piers and docking terminals, the Breakwater and Pier Baron account.
The opening of the Panama Canal in 1914 caused a reduction of port activity, the latter losing its importance as a shipping route node Magellan channel.
Currently Chile's legislature along with other institutions of national importance like the National Customs Service, the National Fish and Aquaculture, Ministry of Culture and the barracks General of the Chilean Navy. In addition to the capital of the Valparaíso Region hosts the Administration, which is the seat of the regional government, reaching this city the majority of its services, known as Seremías (Regional Ministerial).
Valparaíso is located in central Chile, 120 km (75 mi) to the northwest of the capital Santiago. Valparaíso, like most of Chile, is vulnerable to earthquakes. Before the earthquake of February 27, 2010, which measured 8.8 on the moment magnitude scale, the last catastrophic earthquake to strike Valparaíso devastated the city in August 1906, killing nearly 3,000 people. Other significant earthquakes to affect the city were the 1730 Valparaíso earthquake, the 1985 Santiago earthquake and the 2008 Papudo earthquake.
Because of Valparaíso's proximity to the Peru-Chile Trench, the city is vulnerable to earthquakes. The Peru-Chile Trench stores large amounts of energy for a very long time and yet sometimes ruptures after short intervals in a violent earthquake.
Valparaíso has a very mild Mediterranean climate (Köppen Csb) closely resembling that of San Francisco or Santa Barbara at a similar latitude in the northern hemisphere. The summer is essentially dry, but the city is affected by fogs from the Humboldt Current during most of the year. In the winter, rainfall can occasionally be extremely heavy when a powerful frontal system crosses central Chile, but frequency of such rains varies greatly from year to year. Snowfall occurs rarely in the highest parts of the city. In winter, strong winds can make drop the thermal sensation below the freezing point.
|Climate data for Valparaíso, Chile|
|Average high °C (°F)||20.8
|Daily mean °C (°F)||17.0
|Average low °C (°F)||13.5
|Record low °C (°F)||7
|Precipitation mm (inches)||0.4
|Avg. precipitation days (≥ 0.1 mm)||3||2||3||5||9||9||8||8||6||5||3||2||63|
|Mean monthly sunshine hours||279.0||245.7||217.0||174.0||114.7||81.0||93.0||117.8||147.0||170.5||216.0||263.5||2,119.2|
|Source #1: Meteorología Interactiva|
|Source #2: Climate & Temperature|
|Historic Quarter of the Seaport City of Valparaíso|
|Name as inscribed on the World Heritage List|
|UNESCO region||Latin America and the Caribbean|
|Inscription||2003 (27th Session)|
Nicknamed “The Jewel of the Pacific”, Valparaíso was declared a world heritage site based upon its improvised urban design and unique architecture. In 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. In 1998, grassroots activists convinced the Chilean government and local authorities to apply for UNESCO world heritage status for Valparaíso. Valparaíso was declared a World Heritage Site in 2003. Built upon dozens of steep hillsides overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Valparaíso boasts a labyrinth of streets and cobblestone alleyways, embodying a rich architectural and cultural legacy. Valparaíso is protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- Iglesia de la Matriz
- Plaza Aníbal Pinto
- Plaza Sotomayor
- 16 remaining funiculars (called ascensores): 15 public (national monuments) and 1 private (which belongs to "Hospital Carlos Van Buren").
- The Concepcion and Alegre historical district
- The Bellavista hill, which has the "Museo a Cielo Abierto" or "open sky museum"
- Monument to Admiral Lord Thomas Alexander Cochrane, 10th Earl of Dundonald
- Monument to Manuel Blanco Encalada, first Chilean President
Major industries include tourism, culture, and transport.
Approximately 50 international cruise ships call on Valparaíso during the 4-month Chilean summer. The port of Valparaíso is also an important hub for shipping of container freight, and exports of many products, including wine, copper, and fresh fruit.
Port of Valparaíso
Valparaíso received its first ship in 1536, was the arrival of Santiaguillo , which supported the expedition of Diego de Almagro.
In 1810 a wealthy merchant built the first pier in the history of Chile and first during the colonial era, in the place where now stands the building of El Mercurio de Valparaíso , since at that time the sea came to this place (due to work to win land from the sea, is now five blocks farther away).
Between 1910 and 1930 he built much of the existing port of the city, including filling tasks to reclaim land from the sea.
Currently the port of Valparaíso is divided into ten sites which sites 1,2,3,4 and 5 are administered by South Pacific Terminal SA and sites 6,7,8,9 and 10 for Valparaíso Port Company. The last two sites include a dock and are used as public walks and cruise passenger terminal.
In the near future it seeks to give a boost to housing this great area of the city.
Valparaíso is the main container and passenger port in Chile. Transferred annually 10 million tons per season and serves about 50 cruises and 150 000 passengers.
Currently in Valparaíso are 2 malls, 2 and 3 stripcenter important commercial hubs:
- Portal Valparaíso (Jumbo/Easy/Paris/La Polar)
- Harbour Station Mall
- Baron Square
- Kenrick Mall
- Axis Avenida Pedro Montt
- Axis Avenue Urugay
- Axis Avenue Condell
- Mall Plaza Puerto Baron (project)
A new regional Metro system, opened to the public on 24 November 2005, updated parts of the railroad that joined Santiago to Valparaíso and cities in between (originally built in 1863) and connects Valparaíso with Viña del Mar and other cities. The metro constitutes the so-called “fourth stage” (“Cuarta Etapa” in Spanish) of Metropolitan improvements. The metro railway extends along most of Gran Valparaíso and is the second metro system in operation in Chile (after Santiago’s), and includes an underground section that crosses Viña del Mar’s downtown.
Public transport within Valparaíso itself is provided primarily by buses, trolleybuses and funiculars. The bus service is operated by several different private companies, regulated by the Regional Ministry of Transport, which controls fares and routes. The Valparaíso trolleybus system has been in operation since 1952, and in 2012 it continues to use some of its original vehicles, built in 1952 by the Pullman-Standard Company, along with an assortment of other vehicles acquired later. Some of Valparaíso's Pullman trolleybuses are even older, built in 1946–48, having been acquired secondhand from Santiago in the 1970s. The surviving Pullman trolleybuses are the oldest trolleybuses still in normal service anywhere in the world, and they were collectively declared National Historic Monuments by the Chilean government in 2003.
Several funiculars – locally called ascensores – provide public transport service between the central area and the neighbourhoods atop the surrounding hills, the first of which (Ascensor Concepción, also known as Ascensor Turri) opened in 1883 and is still in service. As many as 28 different funicular railways have served Valparaíso at one time or another, of which 14 were still in operation in 1992 and still around 12 in 2010.
Valparaíso’s road infrastructure has been undergoing substantial improvement, particularly with the completion of the “Curauma — Placilla — La Pólvora” freeway bypass, which will allow trucks to go directly to the port facility over a modern highway and through tunnels, without driving through the historic and already congested downtown streets. In addition, roads to link Valparaíso to San Antonio, Chile’s second largest port, and the coastal towns in between (Laguna Verde, Quintay, Algarrobo, and Isla Negra, for example), are also under various degrees of completion. Travel between Valparaíso and Santiago currently takes about 80 minutes via a modern toll highway.
Air service is provided through the airport at Quintero.
Because the slopes of the hills, many of the surrounding areas of Valparaíso are inaccessible by public transport. That is why the elevators serve the function of communicating the high part of the city with the plan, besides being strong holiday highlight. The first elevator, operated by steam, was built in the Cerro Concepción in 1883. The Cerro Cordillera elevator was built in 1887.
Valparaíso has currently fifteen lifts declared Historical Monuments by the National Monuments Council. Five are municipal property and the remaining belong to four private companies. The elevators are elevators municipal Baron (detained for work), El Peral, Polanco, Queen Victoria and St. Augustine (arrested for jobs). As for the rest, lifts Florida, Butterflies and Nuns are owned by the National Elevator Company SA; Artillery , Concepción and Mountains belong to the Society of Mechanical Lifts Valparaíso Holy Spirit, Larraín and Villaseca (stopped for repairs) are the property of Valparaíso Elevators Company SA, and Dairy (stopped by fire) belongs to the Society of Dairy Cerro Lifts Ltd.
Note that the only lift that can truly be called as such, is the Polanco, because it is vertical. Meanwhile, the rest are cable cars, but the tradition of calling elevators.
Although technically only Chile’s 6th largest city, with an urban area population of 263,499 (275,982 in municipality), the Greater Valparaíso metropolitan area, including the neighbouring cities of Viña del Mar, Concón, Quilpué and Villa Alemana, is the second largest in the country (803,683 inhabitants).
According to the 2002 census of the National Statistics Institute, the commune of Valparaíso spans an area of 401.6 km2 (155 sq mi) and has 275,982 inhabitants (135,217 men and 140,765 women). Of these, 275,141 (99.7%) lived in urban areas and 841 (0.3%) in rural areas. The population fell by 2.4% (6858 persons) between the 1992 and 2002 censuses.
As a commune, Valparaíso is a third-level administrative division of Chile administered by a municipal council, headed by an alcalde who is directly elected every four years. The 2008-2012 alcalde is Jorge Castro Muñoz. The council has the following members:
- Alberto Neumann La
- Absalón Opazo Lazcano
- Eugenio González Bernal
- Eugenio Trincado Suárez
- Abel Gallardo
- Marina Huerta Rosales
- Máximo Silva Herrera
- Jaime Barrientos Ramírez
- Manuel Murillo Calderón
- Luis Soto Ramírez
Within the electoral divisions of Chile, Valparaíso is represented in the Chamber of Deputies by Mr. Joaquín Godoy (RN) and Mr. Aldo Cornejo (PDC) as part of the 13th electoral district, (together with Juan Fernández and Isla de Pascua). The commune is represented in the Senate by Francisco Chahuán Chahuán (RN) and Ricardo Lagos Weber (PPD) as part of the 6th senatorial constituency (Valparaíso-Coast).
During Valparaíso's golden age (1848–1914), the city received large numbers of immigrants, primarily from Europe. The immigrant communities left a unique imprint on the city’s noteworthy architecture. Each community built its own churches and schools, while many also founded other noteworthy cultural and economic institutions. The largest immigrant communities came from Britain, Germany, and Italy, each developing their own hillside neighbourhood, preserved today as National Historic Districts or "Zonas Típicas."
During the second half of the 20th century, Valparaíso experienced a great decline, as wealthy families de-gentrified the historic quarter, moving to bustling Santiago or nearby Viña del Mar. By the early 1990s, much of the city's unique heritage had been lost and many Chileans had given up on the city. But in the mid-1990s, a grass roots preservation movement blossomed in Valparaíso.
The Fundación Valparaíso (Valparaíso Foundation), founded by the North American poet Todd Temkin, has executed major neighborhood redevelopment projects; has improved the city’s tourist infrastructure; and administers the city's jazz, ethnic music, and opera festivals; among other projects. Some noteworthy foundation projects include the World Heritage Trail, Opera by the Sea, and Chile’s "Cultural Capital". During recent years, Mr. Temkin has used his influential Sunday column in El Mercurio de Valparaíso to advocate for many major policy issues, such as the creation of a "Ley Valparaíso" (Valparaíso Law) in the Chilean Congress, and the possibility that the Chilean government must guarantee funding for the preservation of Valparaíso's beloved funicular elevators.
Valparaíso's newspaper, El Mercurio de Valparaíso is the oldest Spanish-language newspaper in circulation in the world.
LUKAS Fundacion Renzo Pecchenino, maintains the drawings and paintings of the cartoonist/artist who came to symbolize Valparaíso in popular culture, in a new restored building In, overlooking the bay.
Valparaíso is also home to the so-called "School of Valparaíso", which is in fact the Faculty of Architecture & Urbanism of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso. The "School of Valparaíso" was in the 1960s and 1970s one of the most experimental, avant garde and controversial Architectural schools in the country.
In 2003, the Chilean Congress declared Valparaíso to be "Chile's Cultural Capital" and home for the nation's new cultural ministry.
Valparaíso stages a major festival attended by hundreds of thousands of participants on the last three days of every year. The festival culminates with a "New Year's by the Sea" fireworks show, the biggest in all of Latin America, attended by a million tourists who fill the coastline and hillsides with a view of the bay. Even though everyone calls it the Valparaíso Fireworks, it is in fact a fireworks display running along a great part of the coast from Valparaíso, past Viña del Mar and all the way to Concón.
The Chilean Congress meets in a modern building in the Almendral section of Valparaíso, after relocation from Santiago during the last years of the dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet. Although congressional activities were to be legally moved by a ruling in 1987, the newly built site only began to function as the seat of Congress during the government of Patricio Aylwin in 1990.
Nightlife activities in Valparaíso are claimed to be among the best in the country. Sailors and students alike favour the harbour sector due to the various traditional bars and nightclubs, among them "Bar La Playa", "La Piedra Feliz", El Huevo and "El Bar Inglés", which can be found near Plaza Sotomayor. University students now meet at a number of local nightclubs, bars, and discothèques. A vivid guide to Valparaíso can be found in the novels of Cayetano Brule, the private detective who lives in a Victorian house, in the picturesque Paseo Gervasoni in Cerro Concepción.
Health and education
The public healthcare system mainly relies on the Hospital Carlos Van Buren located at the plan and Hospital Valparaíso (officially Hospital Eduardo Pereira) located at St. Roque Hill. There are also several clinics like Universidad de Chile's Clinica Barón, Hospital Aleman (due to close), and the former Naval Hospital on Playa Ancha Hill.
The city is an important educational centre with nine universities. The city has the third largest concentration of universities in Chile, and is home to four major universities:
- Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María
- Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso
- Universidad de Valparaíso
- Universidad de Playa Ancha
Valparaíso has several public sports venues and facilities, including a growing network of cycle routes.
- The Club Deportivo Playa Ancha (Playa Ancha Sports Club)
Located in Av. Playa Ancha 451 - Cerro Playa Ancha. The club opened in 1919 and offers football pitches, table football, basketball and tennis courts, two swimming pools and a small gym. Tennis and swimming lessons are held in the club as well as local tournaments, and the pool can be used recreationally in summer.
- Complejo Deportivo Escuela Naval (Naval School Sports Centre)
Located at General Hontaneda - Cerro Playa Ancha. Offers Olympic-standard modern facilities with a heated swimming pool and indoor volleyball, basketball, gymnastics, judo and fencing areas. It also has extensive outdoor sports facilities, suitable for rugby, football and tennis.
- Estadio Elías Figueroa Brander (Formerly Chiledeportes Regional Stadium)
Located at the junction of Hontaneda and Subida Carvallo - Cerro Playa Ancha. The stadium has historic links to the local football team, Santiago Wanderers, the oldest professional football team in Chile founded on August 15, 1892. Built in 1931, it holds 18,500 people and also serves as an athletics and swimming venue.
- Fortín Prat (Fort Prat)
Located at Rawson 382 – Almendral. A historic basketball venue, hosting the ‘golden age’ of Valparaíso basketball from 1950 to 1970, Fort Prat has also hosted numerous local handball, table tennis and boxing championships. It offers children’s classes and a gym, and is also home to the Valparaíso Basketball Association Museum.
- Muelle Deportivo Curauma
Located in Lake Pañuelas at Avenue Borde Laguna and Curauma, 20 minutes from Valparaíso. The calm waters of the 195 km2 lagoon permits rowing, kayaking, fishing and boating. It has also been chosen as a venue for the 2014 South American Games. Around the lagoon are camping sites, cycle and hiking trails, and paintball and canopy facilities.
- Puerto Deportivo Valparaíso
Located at Muelle Barón - Bordemar Centro, this watersports centre offers sailing, kayaking and scuba diving lessons and hosts the “Valpo Sub” program that seeks to preserve the area’s underwater heritage, offering educational tours and expeditions to shipwrecks along the bay. Puerto Deportivo Valparaíso also carries out programs promoting ecotourism in Valparaíso Bay, and rents equipment for people having lessons. It features an interactive room that shows information on the underwater heritage.
- Velódromo Roberto Parra
Located opposite the Club Deportivo Playa Ancha part of its wider complex, the velodrome contains a cycle track, table football, and handball and basketball courts. All its facilities are available for public rent.
The “Valparaíso Downhill” is a mountain bike race that takes place in February. Riders race through the city streets tackling the steps and alleys, finding their own way through the ramps and jumps down to the "plan" (Valparaíso's "lowlands"). The Valparaíso Downhill has been described by Chop MTB as “the craziest urban downhill race of all.”
Since 2005, a series of running events has taken place in the city with 5K, 10K, 21K and marathon distances. The race starts at Muelle Barón and the course runs along the seafront, crossing diverse architectural and geographical landmarks.
The final stage of the 2014 Dakar Rally ends up at Valparaíso’s Plaza Sotomayor in the heart of the old town, surrounded by historic buildings. Ignacio Casale, the Chilean winner of the 2014 Quad category, was cheered here in the streets by the Valparaíso crowd.
Valparaíso is the birthplace of many historically significant figures, including:
- Salvador Allende
- Augusto Pinochet
- Camilo Mori
- Marsia Alexander-Clarke, artist
- Roberto Ampuero, author of the internationally published novels about the private eye Cayetano Brulé and "Hijo Ilustre" of Valparaíso
- Giancarlo Monsalve international Opera singer, Cultural Ambassador of Valparaíso and UNESCO medal
- Sergio Badilla Castillo founder of poetic transrealism in contemporary poetry
- Abelardo Quinteros, composer
- John Christian Watson Australia’s third Prime Minister.
- It has also been the residence of many artists, such as Chilean poet Pablo Neruda and Nicaraguan poet Rubén Darío.
Puerto Rican pro-independence leader Segundo Ruiz Belvis died in the city in November 1867.
At primary school level, Valparaíso boasts some of the most emblematic schools in the region, such as the Liceo Eduardo de la Barra and Salesian College Valparaíso. The latter has or the marching band and instrumental oldest and largest Chile founded in 1896. Other landmarks of the city schools are the Mary Help of Christians School, San Rafael Seminary, the Lycée Jeanne Ross, Colegio San Pedro Nolasco and Scuola Italiana among others. Many of the schools named in the plan is located in the city, concentrated in the Almendral neighborhood.
In addition, Valparaíso was the birthplace of many private schools founded by the European colonies, as the German School, the Alliance Francaise, Mackay College (now located in the neighboring resort of Viña del Mar) and the College of the Sacred Hearts of Valparaíso, that operating since 1837 is the oldest private school in South America.
Valparaíso is characterized by being a college town, due to the extensive amount of existing higher education institutions in the city. In the city sets some of the most important universities of Chile, as the Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaíso, Universidad de Playa Ancha and the Technical University Federico Santa Maria. The latter university is visible from much of the city, as it is located on the front of Cerro Pleasures, and has a characteristic building Tudor Gothic and Renaissance. Another important traditional university in the city is the University of Valparaíso. The city has many colleges nontraditional varying size, quality and focus.
|Federico Santa María Technical University||1931||UTFSM/USM||Private university
|Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaíso||1925||UCV/PUCV||Private university
|Playa Ancha University of Educational Sciences||1948||UPLA||Public university|
|University of Valparaíso||1981||UV||Public university|
La Sebastiana, Pablo Neruda's house in Valparaíso, Chile
Twin towns and sister cities
Valparaíso is twinned with:
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- (Spanish) Instituto Nacional de Estadísticas
- Valparaíso Article
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- "Información climatológica de estaciones chilenas-Chile Centro" (in Spanish). Univerisdad de Chile. Retrieved September 3, 2013.
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