Valparaíso (or "Valpo" as the locals call it), is located in central Chile, halfway down the Pacific coast. It acts as a meeting point between the foothills of the Andes and the waters of the Pacific Ocean. The city lies 68 miles northwest of Santiago, and is Chile's primary commercial harbor. It is a city with a very unique layout, built into steep hillsides overlooking the Pacific Ocean and boasting a labyrinth of streets and cobblestone alleyways.
Valparaíso is known as “The Jewel of the Pacific” and was declared a UNESCO world heritage site based upon its improvised urban design and unique architecture. Valparaíso has always been a source of inspiration for artists of all types, including the well-known Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda whose childhood home is in Valparaiso. With a population of roughly 284,000 inhabitants.
Valparaíso houses four traditional universities and many other relatively new private institutes. Students will also appreciate the city’s Mediterranean climate and its close proximity to Viña del Mar and its renowned beaches.