A Stroll Through Valparaiso’s Cerro Bellavista; Third Eye Mom

Chile – Historic Quarter of the Seaport City of Valparaíso

“Valparaiso, how absurd you are…you haven’t combed your hair, you’ve never had time to get dressed, life has always surprised you”. – Nobel Prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda (1904-1973)

One of the most famous Chilean poets of all time, Pablo Neruda spent a big part of his life living in the winding hills of Valparaiso at his house called La Sebastiana. Perched up high above city, La Sebastiana afforded Neruda sweeping views of the sea and bustling world below which inspired Neruda with much of his great work. Located in the neighborhood of Cerro Bellavista, an area favored by artists and writers, La Sebastiana (which is now a museum) is just one reason why Cerro Bellavista is worth a visit.

Cerro Bellavista is also home to a large, fascinating collection of street art including the Museo a Cielo Abierto, a labyrinth collection of outdoor murals painted in the 1990s by various Latin American artists with the goal of reinventing the neighborhood.

Source: A Stroll Through Valparaiso’s Cerro Bellavista

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Amazing Accommodation – These Airbnb’s Are Top of Our 2018 Wish List; The Taste

Chile – Historic Quarter of the Seaport City of Valparaíso

With unique accommodation continuing to be on the rise this year, we’ve selected some of Airbnb’s best properties that are right on top of our wish list. From treehouses to yurts and traditional homes, there’s a place for everyone to stay.

Romantic Suite in a family home in Valparaiso, Chile

Enjoy sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean right in the heart of the UNESCO world heritage city of Valparaiso in Chile, South America. The house, which has more than 100 years of history, is on the third floor of a restored house and includes a bedroom, bathroom, balcony and veranda. At just €51 per night, this suite is an absolute steal.

Korean Traditional Hanok

Rent an entire house in the Hanok conservation area of Seoul. For €156 per night, the accommodation holds 3-4 people and was built in 1934. It has since been renovated.

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Day Trip to Valparaiso: What to Do Once the Ship Docks; Iris A; Go 4 Travel Blog

Chile – Historic Quarter of the Seaport City of Valparaíso

Referred to as the “valley of paradise,” Valparaiso represents just that. This Chilean port city is a popular stop for cruises, especially those traveling the coast of the Pacific and into the Panama Canal. It was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2003 and since then, it’s become even trendier and more bohemian than before. Street art dominates the city, which is present in almost every street corner, including the famed funiculars. As your cruise ship docks for your day trip to Valparaiso, check out these must do activities.

Day Trip to Valparaiso: What to Do Once the Ship Docks

Check out the Street Art

During your day trip to Valparaiso, or Valpo to locals, make sure to scout some of the best graffiti art anywhere in the world. This port town is well-known for striking murals.

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Easter Island Moai to be Digitally Preserved with 3D Scanning Technology; Clare Scott; 3D Print

Chile – Rapa Nui National Park

Many people often refer to them simply as “Easter Island statues” or “Easter Island heads” but the giant humanoid statues on Polynesia’s Easter Island are actually called moai. Carved by the native Rapa Nui people, the moai are 13 feet tall and nearly 14 tons on average, and have stood on the island since they were originally built sometime between the years 1250 and 1500. There are almost 900 of them left, and this past week they were just designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, along with the platforms, called ahu, they stand on; Rapa Nui National Park received this designation in 1995.

The fact that the moai have lasted for so many centuries is a good sign, pointing to them standing for many centuries more to come. However, a collaboration between two companies is now working to ensure that they are further preserved in digital form.

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Reader Success: Jess & Her Husband Visited a UNESCO World Heritage City With Their Miles!; Million Mile Secrets

Chile – Historic Quarter of the Seaport City of Valparaíso

One of her biggest tips to to plan your trip as far in advance as possible.

Welcome to the next installment of our Reader Success Series where Million Mile Secrets Readers share how they booked a trip with miles & points to get Big Travel with Small Money!

Jess is our newest reader success story to show folks it’s possible to travel without spending a lot of money.

A big thank you to Jess for sharing her story!

What’s your name and how long have you been involved in the miles & points hobby?

My name is Jess.  My husband and I have been collecting miles & points for ~3 years now.

What was the goal of your trip?

Our goal for every trip is to get out there!  We want to see the world, enjoy the outdoors, eat, drink, and be merry.

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Why beautiful Valparaíso is the id to Santiago’s ego; Bert Archer; G Adventures

Chile – Historic Quarter of the Seaport City of Valparaíso

The Chilean city is one of the most striking urban spaces on the planet.

As in many hilly towns, I was told while walking around Valparaíso that the women of Valparaíso were famous for their great gams.

“It’s all the climbing,” the woman who was showing me around town said, with a broad smile and eyes sparkling just enough to let me know she was half kidding, but only half.

From what I could tell, the men’s weren’t bad, either.

I was in town for Halloween, so my sparkle-eyed host, a transplanted American who’d married a Chilean man, took me to a house party.

There were people sprinkled about the place, but what kitchens are to Canadian house parties, terraces are to the people of Valparaíso.

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Cityscapes and desert escapes in Chile; Craig Tansley; Financial Review

Chile – Historic Quarter of the Seaport City of Valparaíso

Cosmopolitan cities, deserts, ski resorts and World Heritage sites are all to be found in this land of stunning beauty and cultural quirks.

I’ve been warned to take care in Santiago. There are muggings, locals say. But from where I sit by the window of my restaurant in inner-city Lastarria, no one sashaying by looks shifty. I want their swagger, their dress flair, to parade before shop windows adoring my reflection. After dessert, I shift to the roof-top bar of my hotel, The Singular Santiago, where the city’s bold and beautiful drink under a rising gibbous moon that accentuates their cheekbones and the white tips of the Andes behind them.

Once dismissed as a city of industry, the Santiago of 2017 is an entirely different beast – “surprising, cosmopolitan, energetic, sophisticated and worldly”, as Lonely Planet puts it.

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World Heritage Sites to Vanish; Sara Thopson; Tourism Review

Chile – Rapa Nui National Park

World heritage sites are in danger of vanishing due to climate change.

Climate change is becoming one of the most significant risks for World Heritage Sites, according to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in its report entitled “World Heritage and Tourism in a Changing Climate”.

The study examines 31 World Heritage Sites from 29 countries which are vulnerable to phenomena such as rising temperatures, melting glaciers, rising sea levels, extreme weather events, or droughts.

The famous Easter Island’s moais, the canals of Venice, or the monumental Stonehenge complex are some of the World Heritage Sites that could be lost in the coming years if there are no “urgent and clear” actions to prevent it.

Venice (Italy)

The “city of canals” has been threatened by rising sea levels for decades.

 

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Expedition Unknown: Hunt For ExtraTerrestrials asks: Did aliens visit Easter Island millennia ago?; James Wray; Monster & Critics

Chile – Rapa Nui National Park

Expedition Unknown: Hunt For ExtraTerrestrials takes a look at the mysteries of Easter Island as Josh Gates looks for evidence of alien life.

This week Josh Gates and the Expedition Unknown: Hunt For ExtraTerrestrials team head to Easter Island which some ancient alien theorists think aliens could have visited in the distant past.

Easter Island or Rapa Nui (in Polynesian) lies in the southeastern part of the Pacific Ocean and is most famous for the 887 statues that gaze out across the landscape.

Known as moai, they were created by the Rapa Nui civilization over hundreds of years, with initial settlement of the world’s most remote island taking place between 700 and 1100 CE.

However, as the population increased and invasive species like the Polynesian rat upset the ecosystem the civilisation began to decline.

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World’s most incredible abandoned sites; Madeline Diamond; INSIDER

Chile – Humberstone and Santa Laura Saltpeter Works
  • Abandoned sites all over the world have a unique story to tell.
  • Houtouwan on Shengshan Island in China, for example, is an abandoned village in which nearly all the former homes and buildings are entirely covered in vegetation.
  • Bodie, California, is a classic American ghost town that dates back to the gold rush of the 1800s.

From once-thriving hotels that have fallen into a state of decay to defunct hospitals that are said to be haunted, there is always a fascinating story behind anything that’s been abandoned.

There are many ghost towns in the US, for example, that were built during the gold rush of the 19th century and deserted soon after. Throughout Europe, there are forsaken castles and villages that shed light onto what life was like centuries ago.

 

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