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Ultimate Guide to the World: Chile

Valparaiso, Chile Situated on steep, earthquake-prone hillsides overlooking the apparently endless South Pacific, it has a transit system that features Portuguese-style funiculars and a compellingly seedy air. Cruise ships have begun to dock there, which I hope won't ruin it. Valparaiso sightseers can take in South America's oldest stock exchange and La Sebastiana, the eccentrically decorated home of Chilean Nobel Prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda. View of the clouds near the Andes near Valparaiso.Gabriel Bouys / AFP/Getty Images