Economy of Valparaiso

Port of Valparaiso

Valparaiso port today

Valparaíso received its first ship in 1536, was the arrival of Santiaguillo , which supported the expedition of Diego de Almagro .

In 1810 a wealthy merchant built the first pier of the history of Chile and the first during the colonial era, in the place where now stands the building of El Mercurio de Valparaíso , since at that time the sea came to that place (due to work to win land from the sea, today is five blocks away).

Between 1910 and 1930 he built much of the existing port of the city, including tasks to gain ground filling the sea.

Currently the port of Valparaiso is divided into ten sites which 1,2,3,4 and 5 sites are administered by South Pacific Terminal SAand sites for 6,7,8,9 and 10 of Valparaiso Port Company . The last two sites include a dock and are used as public walks and cruise passenger terminal. In the near future it seeks to give a boost to housing this great area of town.

Currently Valparaiso is the main container and passenger port in Chile. Transferred annually 10 million tons per season and attends about 50 cruise ships and 150,000 passengers.


The particular geographical distribution of Valparaiso, where the hills invade the coast, makes the view from hill to sea is remarkable. So places like Portales Mirador, Mirador Esperanza, O'Higgins Mirador, Mirador Marina Mercante, 21 de Mayo , Yugoslav Paseo, Paseo Gervasoni, Dimalow Paseo Paseo Atkinson and are ideal when panoramic view of the city as port . During the New Year holidays, many of these rides are repletados lookout for tourists late in the morning, all for having a more privileged fireworks, just as there are routes between the hills of the city's oldest (Cerros Alegre and Concepción), in which, in addition to providing English colonial architecture of its houses and churches of the early nineteenth century, visitors can delve into contemporary museums, gardens and