Valparaiso, Valparaiso, Chile

Valparaiso is a port and a city of Chile, capital of the region and the province. It is the first port and the second city of the country.

The city can be divided into two distinct parts. One of them is El Plan, located on the flat part of the city, where is the port as well as a large majority of the shops, it is the lower town. On the other hand, above, ‘Los Cerros’, the hills dominate the city. It is in these hills that the majority of the population lives, and these are their homes of varied colors which give the city its unique look, it is the upper town .

The city can be visited using the funiculars which allow the access to the neighbourhoods situated on the hills. From there, you can see the Bay of Valparaiso, with its port and away on the Northeast you can see the city of Viña del Mar.

 
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The historic centre of Valparaiso was classified world heritage by UNESCO in 2003. Funds were available to restore the multicoloured houses on the hills. The city is nicknamed “the Pearl of the Pacific” and it is also the cultural capital of Chile.

There is so much to see… there is a vibrant cultural life, the hills have populated frescoes with fantasy characters, these murals are interconnected to give birth to great collective works.

The streets around the port have many typical bars and restaurants; very colorful ones. Nearby there are many beaches, but also many wineries and some are certified organic. Valparaiso is a must-see stop in your wine route.

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Beto Carrero World, Penha, Santa Catarina, Brazil

Beto Carrero World is a theme park in Penha, Santa Catarina, Brazil. It was opened in 1991 by João Batista Sérgio Murad, better known as Beto Carrero; an artist playing a cowboy role. It began with a giant wheel and improvised shows under circus tents. Today it is considered the largest theme park in Latin America; an entertainment complex with rides, daily shows and a zoo. The park has seven different zones depending on the thematization. There is a motocross track, a go-kart track, a bowling alley, shops and restaurants. Among the attractions we find the Castle of Nations located at the entrance; being the largest building in the complex; the Carrousel, a 4d cinema, the place of events, several wheels from where you can have a beautiful view of the park and the region, a German city paying tribute to the German immigration of the province, an island of pirates, the tower of horror, a Russian mountain that reaches 50 meters in height and reaches 90 km / hour, etc. There is also a section that was realized with the collaboration of the company Dream Works with the style of the film Madagascar.

Tips

It is adequate to spend a minimum of 2 or 3 days in a local hotel if you want to visit several attractions. The park is too big to be able to cover it in one day.

If you only have one day, it would be better to get information before managing your time with the attractions you want to do, especially if you are going with children.

Consider that the climate of the area is usually hot so drink plenty of water, bring your sunglasses and sunscreen.

 

Galerías Pacífico, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Galerías Pacífico is one of the largest and most traditional shopping centers in Buenos Aires. This is the most frequented by tourists, the shopping center is home to the prestigious international brands, has a major restoration and the prestigious Borges Cultural Centre is located in an area of the building. It occupies an entire block and the streets surrounding it are Florida, Córdoba, San Martin and Viamonte. The building was built in 1881 as a commercial place to a shop by departments ‘Au bon Marché’, at this time, one of the most important in the Argentinian capital, it welcomed since 1896 the Museum of fine arts, today located in another place. In the year 1908 a part of the building was sold to the Buenos Aires Pacific Railway, from whom it took its current name. The emblem of the Galerías Pacífico was established in 1945 and at the same time they built the magnificent Dome with murals of the prestigious masters, Antonio Berni, Lino Spilimbergo, Juan Carlos Castagnino, Demetrio Urruchúa, and Manuel Colmeiro, being this last one the only foreigner one. In 1989 the building was declared a National Historic Monument and it was completely renovated and transformed in a luxury Mall. The project was made by the architect Juan Carlos López. At this time, four murals of Argentinian artists have been incorporated: Roux, Alongo and Josefina Robirosa. Its beautiful architecture and works that contains make that tourists consider it one of the most beautiful malls in the world.

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Do not forget your camera when you visit this mall because you will regret it deeply. It is one of the few commercial places where buy remains the second option before such artistic beauty.
You can take advantage of the visit to several things that also have nothing to do with shopping. This shopping centre has a concert hall and an exhibition room, then go to the information centre for more information on what is happening at the time of your visit especially if you like tango because tango shows are very demanded by tourists.
You will also find ATMs if you need to withdraw money from your bank account even as places to make international calls or Internet connection.
If you do not already know the “alfajores” (Argentinian typical pastry), take your time and enjoy one with a good coffee, at the cafe called “Havanna” (also one of the trademarks of the alfajores) which, according to the majority, are the best.

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