As the main port city of Chile, during centuries Valparaíso was pioneer of the commercial and fishing industry of Chile. Its wide bay called “Quintil” in the Pacific Ocean coast, worked for years as a cargo port and storage terminal , enabling the industrial development of the area.
It is a beautiful city with a population of 275.000 inhabitants and a cultural, artistic and commercial promise. The fishing, textiles and tourism are the main industries that have allowed the urban development.
Thousands of tourists visit Valparaíso every year attracted by the beauty of the city, which retains a rich history represented in the British colonial architecture, contrasted with a new modern buildings style . The sightseeing from the hills to the sea are unique in the region, which historically have inspired the art in this city. Among the most renowned artists, it highlights the writer Pablo Neruda, who lived in the city and wrote several of his works in his coastal residence.
Valparaiso is 117 km far from Santiago de Chile (capital), and was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The city can be divided according to geographical features of the area, the "Plan" and "Cerros". The Plan represents the plain extension from the foot of the hills to the sea. This area is accessible for malls, financial institutions, restaurants, bars and port services. At the Cerros (hills), there have been built many residences and viewpoints that delight those who have the privilege to visit them.
The temperature average during the year is 13 °C, with maximum temperatures of 22 °C in January and minimum of 6 °C in July. Valparaiso is one of the main Chilean cities, it is center of the National Congress, it focuses the major labor force of the region and has 12 high level universities. The museums, Spanish colonial-style churches, viewpoints and rides are other attractions of the city.
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