National Geografic ubica a Valparaíso entre los 20 lugares para conocer en 2013


National Geografic ubica a Valparaíso entre los 20 lugares para conocer en 2013

La ciudad porteña comparte la lista con lugares como San Agustín (EE.UU), Kioto, Memphis y Hudson Valley.
01/12/2012 – 14:25

Los 20 lugares para visitar el 2013 según la revista Traveler de National Geographic

Got wanderlust? We’ve got your ticket. The National Geographic Traveler editors present the new year’s 20 must-see places.

Los 20 lugares para visitar el 2013 según la revista Traveler de National Geographic

National Geographic reconoció a Valparaíso como uno de los 20 mejores destinos por conocer en el 2013, según la ultima publicación de la revista Traveler.

La edición invita a los turistas a recorrer “el romántico encanto” de los 42 cerros de la ciudad y dejarse llevar por la belleza y el ambiente bohemio que caracterizan a la región.

Lugares como el antiguo hogar de Pablo Neruda, La Sebastiana, el auge de los restaurantes y bares, “que ofrecen extravagantes cervezas de lúpulo”, funiculares del siglo 19 y adoquines maltratados, forman parte de la descripción que hace la edición de Valparaíso.

Según Traveler, de noviembre a marzo es la mejor temporada para visitar la ciudad porteña moverse en trolebuses, visitar el Mercado Cardonal, comer chorrillana y conocer el Bar La Playa, en calle Serrano, son algunas de las recomendaciones.

Otros destinos en todo el mundo que integran la lista de la prestigiosa revista son la Península de Crimea, Great Bear Rainforest en British Columbia, Marsella, Kioto, Cabo Bretón, Bodo (Noruega), Thessaloniki (Grecia), San Agustín (EE.UU), Bagan (Myanmar), Valparaíso, Malawi, Hudson Valley, Rávena (Italia), Memphis, Granada, Raja Ampat (Indonesia), Jarash (Jordania) y Missouri River Breaks (EE.UU).



Chile’s soulful port apart

Generations of creative pilgrims have been hooked by Valparaíso’s weathered beauty and bohemian vibe. Travelers have followed suit, coming for the romantic allure of its 42 cerros (hills) that ascend sharply from the water. Stacked high with faded mansions, 19th-century funiculars, and battered cobblestones, Valparaíso stands in contrast to the glitzy Viña del Mar resort town to the north. As Chile’s vital harbor, it retains the signature grittiness and edge that often endow ports. But Valparaíso is also welcoming a boom of eateries serving inventive Chilean fare, quirky bars offering hoppy microbrews, and antiques-packed B&Bs.

Pablo Neruda, whose former home, La Sebastiana, still lords over Cerro Bellavista, wrote Valparaíso-inspired verse: “I love, Valparaíso, everything you enfold, and everything you irradiate, sea bride … I love the violent light with which you turn to the sailor on the sea night.” A meander through its tangle of steep alleyways and stairways reveals eye-catching street art and ocean views from pedestrian passages that hug the slopes. Then a cool breeze comes off the Pacific, night falls, and silhouettes of hills appear against darker skies, infusing Valparaíso with poetry that seeps through its every pore. —Anja Mutic

Travel Tips

When to Go: November-March (Southern Hemisphere summer)

Relevant Dates: The city is packed at the end of December for the raucous Carnaval de Valparaíso, culminating in a New Year’s Eve fireworks show over the harbor.

Where to Stay: Book a bay view room or suite in a restored Cerro Alegre mansion-turned-boutique hotel like plush Casa Higueras or family-run Hotel Acontraluz.

How to Get Around: Use buses, trolleybuses, and shared taxis (colectivos) for local travel, and Metro Valparaíso, called Merval, for regional trips. Ride the remaining (about 15) funky funicular railways (ascensores) up to hilltop neighborhoods.

Where to Eat or Drink: Wander among the fresh fruit, vegetable, flower, and fish stalls at El Mercado Cardonal (closed Sundays), then head upstairs to any of the market’s small, affordable seafood restaurants. Grab beer and chorrillana (a local fried steak, egg, potato, and onion concoction) at a traditional port pub like Bar La Playa on Calle Serrano.

What to Buy: On weekends and during holidays, browse through rare and secondhand books at Feria de Antiguedades y Libros La Merced.

What to Read Before You Go: Inés of My Soul: A Novel, by Isabel Allende (English, 2006), is a sweeping tale about Chile’s founding mother, Doña Inés Suárez, woven with historical facts and engaging storytelling.

Fun Fact: Valparaíso’s funiculars operate on the basic 16th-century pulley-track concept engineered at Hohensalzburg Fortress in Salzburg, Austria. One major difference: The original incline railway employed prisoners, then oxen, to power the pulley, while Valparaíso’s uses engines.

Helpful links: National Tourism Service of Chile


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Thomas Baker is the Past-President of TESOL Chile (2010-2011). He enjoys writing about a wide variety of topics. The source and inspiration for his writing comes from his family.
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