Poet Pablo Neruda House - Valparaiso - Chile
A visit to Valparaiso, Chile, is not complete without a stop at La Sebastiana, the home and museum of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda. Sitting on top of Bellavista Hill, the museum offers panoramic views of Valparaiso Bay and the vibrant homes that enliven the port. The four-story building holds Neruda's belongings, including items he collected from his travels.
View at the city of Valparaiso from the Ascensor Artilleria elevator, Valparaiso, Chile
The elevator route is an interesting collection of vintage funiculars scattered around the hills of Valparaiso that take you to and from the port. The ride with the best view is definitely the one from Artilleria Funicular to Paseo 21 de Mayo, offering a majestic view of the bay. Other great rides include Cordillera Funicular, which takes you straight to an observatory for some stargazing, and El Peral, taking you to the beloved Alegre Hill and Paseo Yugoslavo.
For a glimpse into the daily lives of people who live in this port city, stop by the Mercado Cardonal in the El Almendral neighborhood. It's a busy and lively outdoor/indoor market and one of the best things to do in Valparaiso, Chile. You'll see fruit and vegetable stalls and kiosks selling everything from seafood to goat cheese.
When it comes to dining, a cruise to Valparaiso offers the same Bohemian and eclectic vibe but on a plate. Marisquería La Granja is a local favorite, famous for the merluza (Hake) fish and the seafood empanadas. Another great spot is Café Turri, serving octopus carpaccio and scallops in a whiskey and herb sauce. If ceviche is on your mind, then head to Monte Alegre Restaurant.
Take a piece of Valparaiso home by visiting shops like Art in Silver, where local artisan Victor Hugo sells his unusual jewelry made with silver and lapis lazuli. Or stop by Bahía Utópica for free-spirited art, postcards and books. And visit Espacio Rojo for ceramics and jewelry made by local artists.