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INSPIRATIONAL LOS VILOS

TRADITIONAL VINA DEL MAR

VALPARAISO REMMEMBRANCES

SPECTACULAR SANTIAGO

MODERN VINA DEL MAR

PORT OF VALPARAISO AT NIGHT

CONTEMPORARY VALPARAISO

VALPARAISO ELEVATORS

VALPARAISO AND THE HILLS

THE 1906 BIG EARTHQUAKE

THE OLD SANTIAGO

THE AUTOMOTOR

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ASCENSORES DE VALPARAISO

Valparaiso Port has his own life, very different from other citys. The life of Valparaiso is a vertical one.

On the plane almost nobody live, but they live on the hills. There are many hills and each one has a different name.

But the ascensores (elevators) are unique all around the World.

ASCENSOR ESPIRITU SANTO

ESPIRITU SANTO ELEVATOR.

This elevator was inaugurate in 1911. It is sited over Cerro Bellavista.

Valparaiso has many other elevators working up and down, every day and part time at night.

The list today is:

ESPIRITU SANTO
REINA VICTORIA
MARIPOSAS
FLORIDA
ARTILLERIA
CEROO MONJAS
SAN AGUSTIN
CORDILLERA
CONCEPCION
EL PERAL
LARRAIN
POLANCO
MARIPOSAS
BARON
VILLASECA

CERRO POLANCO ELEVATOR

This is the most famous Valparaiso elevator.
To get inside you have to travell along a 150 meters tunnel under the montain, before reaching the elevator door.

From there, the elevator run in a vertical way until reach the tower you see on the picture.

The elevator cross over one street, were you can see the Valparaiso life going on.

ELEVATOR GOING DOWN

Today there are 15 dounble elevators (ascensores) in Valparaiso. Most of them are very old having about more a hundred year.

The first one was builded in 1883 and it was using water and gravity to get his movement.

ON THE ELEVATORS MOOD

Valparaiso have today only 15 elevator of the 22 he had few years ago.

All the vehicles were build between 1883 and 1915.

Some of the old one can't work any more and are died at his own stations (boleterias).

The others, still working, look very deteriorate. Hoewer, Valparaiso has a general renovation program. We can guees, one of the main concern of that proyect will be the refurnishing and repair of all this faboulous and original way of transportation.

ENTER TO THE CONCEPCION ELEVATOR

Enter to "La Concepcion" Elevator.

Walking on the Valparaiso dowtwon is easy to find
out a door, or a corridor, to enter the elevators. It appear suddenly at any street or corner of the port.

THE ARTILLERIA ELEVATOR

Ascensor Artilleria is one of the most typical elevator of the city. It work conmmuting the old Naval School with the big area sourronding the Plaza Sotomayor.

At the top of the hills, visitors can see the most spectacular bay view, and walk over the hight road sited there.

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INSPIRATIONAL LOS VILOS |TRADITIONAL VINA DEL MAR |VALPARAISO REMMEMBRANCES |SPECTACULAR SANTIAGO |MODERN VINA DEL MAR |PORT OF VALPARAISO AT NIGHT |CONTEMPORARY VALPARAISO |VALPARAISO ELEVATORS |VALPARAISO AND THE HILLS |THE 1906 BIG EARTHQUAKE |THE OLD SANTIAGO |THE AUTOMOTOR |Message Board |Guestbook