INSPIRATIONAL LOS VILOS
TRADITIONAL VINA DEL MAR
MODERN VINA DEL MAR
PORT OF VALPARAISO AT NIGHT
VALPARAISO AND THE HILLS
THE 1906 BIG EARTHQUAKE
THE OLD SANTIAGO
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:
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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