Valpara√≠so is a port city on the coast of Chile. It is known for its steep funicular and the colorful houses on the hills. La Sebastiana, the extravagant old residence of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, is currently a museum with sweeping views of the Pacific. During the 19th century, an influx of European immigrants left their mark on the city’s architecture and cultural institutions, many of which congregate around the Sotomayor Square in the center of the city.