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The Region of Valparaíso is par excellence a tourism area. In it we find the most varied attractions: the “Litoral Central” (central coastline), the fertile interior valleys and the magnificent Andes mountains.

It is a region of ski centers, beaches, unique fruits, hills, internationally known wines, cultural festivals and typical feasts. All elements that have favored the inspiration of master works of the most outstanding national poets as Pablo Neruda, Gabriela Mistral, Vicente Huidobro and Nicanor Parra.
Port Valparaíso Viña del Mar Reñaca
The city of Viña del Mar (meaning Vineyard of the Sea), with its privileged location in the central coast of Chile, is one of the points of most domestic tourist affluence.
During the whole year “La Ciudad Jardín” (The Garden City) offers the wealth of its patrimonial architecture, parks, its traditional recreational centers and the renowned beauty of its coastal border.
The city of Viña del Mar harbors a rich and beautiful architecture, witness of an illustrious past of palaces and mansions. This historical patrimony is reflected in magnificent stylish buildings, today mostly transformed into museums open to the visitor.
The enormous variety of recreational activities that characterizes the city makes it amusing during the whole year. The Casino Municipal, the city park Quinta Vergara and the Teatro Municipal, among other, they offer events of great international quality. Given the category of international tourism center, Viña del Mar has a varied gastronomic offer of first level. There are numerous restaurants specialized in international and national food, especially products of the sea, pastas and meats, where it is possible also to enjoy the excellent wine production of the area, of quality recognized inside and outside the country.
Typical of Valparaíso is its growth from the lower valley into the surrounding hills. There are 44 hills in the city and some of them are unique.
Valparaíso is divided essentially in 2 parts: The Valley and The Hills.
The valley is also traditionally divided in the sector El Almendral (Almond grove), where great part of the public services, the National Congress and businesses of Valparaíso reside and the Port sector, where bars are located and hotels that housed sailors originally, besides the facilities of the port and of the National Service of Customs. In the hills is "Cerro Barón", the hill that gives its name to the Barón quarter, with university facilities, public services and the San Francisco's old church.
The Concepción Hill (Cerro Concepción), next to the Cheerful Hill (Cerro Alegre), is the place where the communities of English, French and German origin resided, dedicated to the shipping trade, from the second half of the 19th century until the middle of the 20th century.
Today they are hills of high tourist attraction with restaurants, houses of high architectural value (many at the moment restored and some remodeled) and hotels. On the hill Playa Ancha, which partly also was residence of the British colony (Great Britain Avenue), are located the Naval School, the Playa Ancha Stadium, and the Cemetery.
The particular geographical distribution of Valparaíso, where the hills invade the coast, makes the sight from the hills to the sea remarkable. In and of itself, places like Mirador Portales (Mirador is a lookout) , Mirador Esperanza, Mirador O'Higgins, Mirador Marina Mercante, Paseo 21 de Mayo (Paseo is a promenade), Paseo Yugoslavo, Paseo Gervasoni, Paseo Atkinson and Paseo Dimalow, are ideal to have a panoramic view of the city port. During the New Year celebrations, many of these lookouts and promenades are filled with tourists, from the early morning hours, to have a more privileged place to watch the evening pyrotechnic show.
In the year 2003, the United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organization declared Valparaíso Patrimony of Humanity, during a ceremony in Paris, France.  
       
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