Valparaiso, once known as “the Jewel of the Pacific,” has been through it all and seen it all. Once a wealthy and prosperous port, the city suffered severe decline with the opening of the Panama Canal. Things have changed, again, with a burgeoning tourism industry bringing waves of new visitors to Valpo—as it’s known to locals. Drawn to the artistic atmosphere and laid-back vibe, travelers have embraced the colorful chaos that is Chile’s second-largest city.
The Ring of Fire stretches 40,000 miles, nearly encircling the entire Pacific Ocean, and is home to the vast majority of the world’s volcanoes. Nearly all of Chile lies within the volatile zone, and the country contains almost 100 active volcanoes. Volcanoes can be found in virtually all parts of Chile, from the dry northern Atacama, throughout the waterlogged Lake District and into the icy southern reaches. This guide will take a look at some of the most spectacular cones spread around the land.
Every major city has suburbs, but not many of them are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. But three miles north of the bustling city of Recife, on Brazil’s northeast coast, the small town of Olinda is exactly that.What makes Olinda so special is much more than its historic significance, it’s also the small town’s unique charm. But first, the history.