This hill is the center of the historic district of Valparaiso, just above the financial district. This whole area has been declared a World Heritage Site. I don’t know what that means in terms of what can be changed architecturally. The Golden Age of Valparaiso was from about 1848 to 1914, when the Panama Canal opened. The California Gold Rush brought many ships here after they came through the Straits of Magellan on the way to San Francisco. Many European immigrants came here in the last half of the 19th century. When the economy dropped off as the shipping went through the Canal many people moved away. This meant that the city was spared “modernization”. Only recently has it begun to revitalize with tourism and some new shipping. So there are a lot of old buildings, which delights me.
There is a working funicular up to Cerro Concepcion which leaves from a very busy street in the center of downtown, which is also the base of the hill. Just next to the emblematic clock tower building.
A minute later you find yourself at the top of the hill on a promenade overlooking the bay.
Right behind you is a house ,which belonged to an artist, Renzo Pechenino Raggi, who called himself Lukas. I saw this as a chance to see the inside of the house and how it would be to live there.
But I was also quite taken with his drawings and his quirky sense of humor. He published as a cartoonist in local papers and with short bits on TV from about 1960 to 1985.
“Be careful …It might be a trap.”
After that I walked around the corner to one of the most recommended restaurants, Café Turri, also with a fantastic view of the bay, although I had to sit inside as I didn’t have a reservation. I was certainly happy with my squid ink lasagna with shrimp and scallops.