One of the first things you will notice when you reach Plaza Sotomayor is the monument dedicated to the sailors who lost their lives in the Battle of Iquique on May 21, 1879. The Heroes of Iquique statue stands right in the center of Plaza Sotomayor, which is in turn the heart of Valparaíso.
The square is surrounded by historical buildings, so don't be shy with your camera. Highlights include the Port Station, the Firefighters' Headquarters and the former Mayor's office, which was inspired by 17th century French architecture and now houses the offices of the 1st Naval District of the Chilean Army. All of this history shares blocks and street corners with modern cafés and traditional pubs that attract visitors and locals day and night.
Just off the square is Prat Wharf, where you can enjoy impressive views of the port and breakwater. It can be reached via the Station and Customs Superintendent Towers. Dozens of small boats await visitors who wish to tour the bay. If you prefer to stay on dry land, you can watch the huge merchant and naval vessels at the docks. The area also has a small arts and crafts fair and a few restaurants.
|Viña del Mar||Valparaíso|
|Coastal Viña del Mar
||Pablo Neruda's Beach House
|Cerro Alegre and Cerro Concepción
|La Campana National Park
||Architectural Heritage in Viña del Mar
||The Architecture of Chile’s Main Port
|Elevators and Viewpoints