Valparaiso

Chile's most important sea port and a growing center of culture in the Southwest Pacific Region, Valparaiso boomed in the 19th century as the city served as a stop-over point for ships crossing the Straits of Magellan. Today, the city is often known as "Little San Francisco," as its position as an important sea port made it a haven for immigrants and sailors and caused the city to develop a decidedly global culture.