Palacio Astoreca Hotel: A Palace in Valparaiso, Chile

One small, ornate corner of Valparaiso’s Palacio Astoreca Hotel

The sprawling city of Valparaíso, Chile is undergoing a large-scale renaissance, from its coastal flatlands to its 43 some-odd hilltops. Preservation efforts are peeling back layers of Valpo’s faded vintage glory and giving it a sharper, more artistic focus.

The splendid, 23-room Palacio Astoreca Hotel makes the ideal poster child for these efforts, while also serving as an emblem of Valparaíso’s elegant, cosmopolitan prime. It’s like a big red symbol of local pride overlooking the Pacific Ocean. 

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Valparaiso, Chile: The Technicolor City


Valparaiso, Chile’s Cerro Allegre as seen from the Palacio Astoreca

Ninety minutes northwest of the Santiago Airport and right on the Pacific Ocean, Valparaíso, Chile sprawls up and over 43 hills in a South American version of San Francisco. The entire city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, slowly being rescued from a moldering state of elegant decay, its buildings painted like a cross between an outdoor art museum and a basket of Easter eggs.

Requiring sturdy walking shoes and a willingness to keep your eyes open to detail and design, an exploration of the winding streets, funiculars, harbor, seafood and architecture here was one of my all-time favorite urban adventures

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Off to Chile

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I started the year with only one firm travel goal: 

Visiting South America for the first time.

Tomorrow, I’m off to meet that goal in the long, skinny country of Chile!

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