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Valparaíso (/ˌvælpəˈraɪzoʊ/, Spanish: [balpaɾaˈiso]) is a major city, seaport, and educational center in the county or commune of Valparaíso, Chile. Greater Valparaíso is the second largest metropolitan area in the country. Valparaíso is located 111.8 kilometres (69.5 miles) northwest of Santiago and is one of the South Pacific's most important seaports. Valparaíso is the capital of Chile's third most populated administrative region and has been the headquarters for the Chilean National Congress since 1990. Valparaíso played an important geopolitical role in the second half of the 19th century, when the city served as a major stopover for ships traveling between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans by crossing the Straits of Magellan. Valparaíso mushroomed during its golden age, as a magnet for European immigrants, when the city was known by international sailors as "Little San Francisco" and "The Jewel of the Pacific". In 2003, the historic quarter of Valparaíso was declared a United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Site. Examples of Valparaíso's renown glory include Latin America's oldest stock exchange, the continent's first volunteer fire department, Chile's first public library, and the oldest Spanish language newspaper in continuous publication in the world, El Mercurio de Valparaíso. The second half of the twentieth century was not kind to Valparaíso, as many wealthy families abandoned the city. The opening of the Panama Canal and reduction inship traffic dealt a staggering blow to Valparaíso’s port-based economy. However, over the past 15 years, the city has staged an impressive renaissance, attracting many artists and cultural entrepreneurs who have set up shop in the city's hillside historic districts. Today, many thousands of tourists visit Valparaíso from around the world to marvel at the city's uniquelabyrinth of cobbled alleys and colorful buildings. The port of Valparaíso continues to be a major distribution center for container traffic, copper, and fruit exports. Valparaíso also receives growing attention from cruise ships thatvisit during the South American summer. Most significantly, Valparaíso hastransformed itself into a major educational center with four large traditional universities and several large vocational colleges. The city exemplifies Chilean culture, with festivals every year, and a number of street artists and musicians.

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Valparaíso in Chile offers a unique experience to travellers. The nearest major city to Valparaíso is Santiago. Take a short trip from Valparaíso and set some time aside to explore the Santiago. Dotted with places like Santa Lucia Hill, Barrio Bellavista, Costanera Center; it will definitely be a good idea. To reach Valparaíso, hop on a flight to airport which is the nearest major Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport. A holiday in Valparaíso can generally be of 1-2 days.

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Facts and Stats for Valparaíso*

  • Pollution Statistics in Valparaíso

    Know the pollution level of Valparaíso before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 42.5 (Moderate)
    • Water Pollution 41.67 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 43.75 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 43.75 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 25 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 25 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 32.14 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 37.5 (Low)
  • Valparaíso: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Valparaíso for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Valparaíso.

    • Burglary and Theft 35.53 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 26.32 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 23.68 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 17.11 (Very Low)
    • Car Stealing 25 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 32.89 (Low)
    • Attacks 15.28 (Very Low)
    • Drug offense 28.95 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 92.11 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 68.42 (High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 11.84 (Very Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 9.21 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 34.72 (Low)
  • Living in Valparaíso - Quality of Life

    • Safety Index 75.82 (High)
    • Climate Index 97.98 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 44.49 (Moderate)
    • Cost of Living Index 44.77 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 65.74 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 11.43 (Moderate)
    • Purchasing Power Index 65.95 (Moderate)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Valparaíso

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Valparaíso

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.13 USD
    • International Movie per seat 7.79 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 31.16 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 69.8 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 48.61 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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