Ascensor Polanco

Ascensor Polanco, Valparaiso: Address, Phone Number, Ascensor Polanco Reviews: 4.5/5

Ascensor Polanco
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Katrien S
Ghent, Belgium1,982 contributions
Elevator tower, street art and a good view over the more modern town
Jan. 2020
The elevator tower of this ascensor is represented all over the town, so we decided to pay a visit, although the guide books warned that it is not the safest area. The taxi driver echoed those sentiments, so we did not stay too long or went too far from the elevator. This is the only elevator, although all the little train cars are also called that in Spanish in this city. To see the tower itself, get off at the 1 st stop, for better views of the town, get off at the 2nd stop. From the 1st stop one can easily walk down and enjoy the street art along the way. The stairs are really pleasantly done, but that might give a false sense of security. Nothing happened to us, but we went during daytime.
Written 5 March 2020
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Thomas V
Oakland, California10,590 contributions
One of the Best
Dec. 2018 • Couples
There are lots of trams taking passengers up and down the hills in this hillside town. This is one of the most picturesque and best restored. A fun ride.
Written 21 December 2018
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Yuji Yamaguti
Sao Paulo, SP24 contributions
Unique experience
Feb. 2018
This is the only "true" elevator in Valparaíso. Others are technically funicular. Opened since 1913 and still working.
Written 13 December 2018
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STELLA08Auckland
Auckland Central, New Zealand412 contributions
Didn't see all of the area due to warnings
Sep. 2018 • Friends
The tunnel was great, & good views from the top over the coloured houses on the nearby hills. View also showed that it was a poorer neighbourhood than the hills at the opposite end of the bay (Cerro Alegre etc). We wandered off to photograph the amazing street art but hadn't got all that far when an old lady leaned out her upstairs window & conveyed to us that we should go back & not proceed any further. Having heard a bit about this area, & being two older females we thought best we listen to the advice. Hadn't gone very far when a younger guy approached us & told us to be very careful with our cameras & phones & that we should go down to the bottom ASAP. Bit disappointing as the art was great (what we saw of it) but when the locals give warnings - we listen.
Written 4 October 2018
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Linda M
Boynton Beach, FL1,043 contributions
A must!!!
Jul. 2018 • Friends
When visiting Valparaiso, you must not miss this historic elevator. It is quite amazing to understand why and how it was built.
Written 16 July 2018
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mrdom
4,924 contributions
Interesting tunnel and great art area
Feb. 2018 • Friends
If you arrive by bus, you could head south to this ascensor before heading west to the main part of town. It is clearly a poorer area but should be fine during the day - we even saw a couple of small guided tours. Pay 100 pesos on entry to the long creepy tunnel then take the lift up and enjoy the sweeping views from the platform there. Walk back down Almirante Simpson to see a lot of interesting artwork.
Written 17 February 2018
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UKINMX
Mexico City, Mexico206 contributions
Fun, cheap, different
Dec. 2017 • Family
We took most ascensores in Valparaíso (some were shut for repairs). They are all worth it, both for the experience and for the view. My husband said "it is just a lift", but the rest of the family thought it was well worth it. We found grafitti on the walls interesting as well.
Written 26 December 2017
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JJsFarm
Perth, Australia71 contributions
Great Ascensor to try
Nov. 2017 • Couples
This Ascensor is different to others in Valparaiso in that is actually a lift rather than a funicular. It is accessed via a tunnel that goes off the end of Almirante Simpson ( just to the NE of the trolley bus terminal)
The views from the top are fantastic
Use the stairs to go back down as there’s some great street art on the way
Written 13 November 2017
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Stuart J
St Leonards-on-Sea, UK165 contributions
Interesting Lift through a tunnel.
Feb. 2017 • Family
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 a standard lift.
The best part is the walk through the access tunnel from the street to the lift.
Written 21 June 2017
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Ryan W
Santiago, Chile288 contributions
Not nearly as dangerous as billed
Jun. 2017 • Family
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 take an elevator to the top of a yellow tower. From the to you have beautiful views west and north toward the city and bay. The adjacent streets feature some of the largest, un-interrupted and most creative street art in the city. Everyone seems to think that Cerro Polanco is only slightly safer than Aleppo. The warnings are overblown. Go during the daytime and you will be just fine.
Written 18 June 2017
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