Valparaíso's most impressive square, Plaza Sotomayor, serves as a gateway to the bustling port. Comandancia en Jefe de la Armada, headquarters of the Chilean navy, is a grand, gray building that rises to a turreted pinnacle over a mansard roof. At the north end of the plaza stands the Monumento de los Héroes de Iquique, which honors Arturo Prat and other heroes of the War of the Pacific. In the middle of the square (beware of traffic—cars and buses come
suddenly from all directions) is the Museo del Sitio. Artifacts from the city's mid-19th-century port, including parts of a dock that once stood on this spot, are displayed in the open under glass.
Tours 4 Tips. Undoutedly, the best way to explore Valparaíso's sinuous streets is on foot. The Tours 4 Tips walking tour leaves from Plaza Sotomayor everyday at 10 am and 3 pm; simply look for an individual in a striped shirt that resembles the popular "Where's Waldo" character. This three-hour tour gives you a premier introduction to the port city's history, unique culture, culinary delights, and street art. There is no charge up front, but a generous tip is expected (10,000 Chilean pesos or more). Plaza Sotomayor. www.tours4tips.com. Free, but tips are expected.
Av. Errázuriz at Cochrane, Valparaíso, Chile