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New Year's Eve in Valparaiso, Chile

By esmith, December 2012

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You might think that for New Year’s Eve, the place to be in Chile would be Santiago. While there are (not insubstantial) fireworks (fuegos artificiales ) in Santiago, the biggest party of the year takes place out on the coast, in Valparaíso, Chile, just seventy miles away.

Valparaíso is often called “the Pearl of the Pacific” and it is a protected UNESCO site. It’s a port city, though no longer the most important port of the country (San Antonio now has that distinction). Still, commerce comes through here, as do some 50 cruise ships, often either on their way from or to Cape Horn and Antarctica. Valparaíso is famous for its picturesque colorful houses on steep hillsides, and the historic ascensores and funiculares (elevators and funiculars) that ferry people up them.

Editor’s Note: This recommendation was taken from our Chile Things to Do blog. Visit the original post to continue reading the full post and to learn more about things to do in Chile.

Photo courtesy of magoexperto via Flickr.

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