Ascensor Polanco, Valparaiso

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Ride to the top of Ascensor Polanco, the only vertical elevator in Valparaiso. Situated on Polanco Hill, the lift first takes you through a 150 m (493 ft) tunnel, before ascending the 60 m (197 ft) tower. Inaugurated in 1916, the scenic elevator is now a National Monument of Chile. From the top of the tower you can enjoy encapsulating views of Valparaiso and take postcard-worthy photographs of the colorful vistas. Descend the Cerro Polanco on foot to see the brightly painted murals and graffiti that grace the walls of the hilly neighborhood. Use our Valparaiso tourist route planner to arrange your visit to Ascensor Polanco and other attractions in Valparaiso.
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  • June 21, 2017
    The lift has now re-opened. It is interesting as it is the only vertical lift and it goes through a tunnel. The views above aren´t particularly inspiring and the doors on the ground floor are those of...  more »
  • June 20, 2017
    cold you feel through the damp tunnel, goes away when you get up and you have a panoramic view of valparaiso
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  • June 18, 2017
    I have visited Valparaiso many times but I had never made my way over to Cerro Polanco. It has the must unique acensor in Valpo in that, from below, you go through a long subterranean tunnel and then ...  more »
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  • May 18, 2017
    Cool street art. Amazing view from the elevator's last stop
  • February 23, 2017
    Cool place for street art! Couldn't go all the way up do to construction.
  • February 12, 2017
    Amazing elevator.
  • September 18, 2016
    Nice grafit experience
  • April 6, 2015
    It's not here

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Since its inscription on the World Heritage List in 2002, Valparaiso tourism has experienced a meteoric rise. The city now offers a wide range of accommodations, especially budget hostels and mid-range hotels and inns. Cerro Alegre, a hill just to the west of the city center, offers perhaps the largest range of options and looks out over the bustling port. Stay in the friendly neighborhood of Cerro Concepcion to enjoy the best of Valparaiso's cafe culture.
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