2004 IAOC INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP
The Workhop will be held at the Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María, which is widely recognized for its scientific and technological expertise. The university faces the Pacific ocean, mid-way between Viña del Mar and the historic city of Valparaíso (see map of location)
In 2003, the Historic Quarter of the Seaport City of Valparaíso, Chile, was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List : "Valparaíso is an exceptional testimony to the early phase of globalisation in the late 19th century, when it became the leading merchant port on the sea routes of the Pacific coast of South America".
Street finder for Valparaíso and Viña del Mar.
About Valparaíso (also called La Perla del Pacífico // Pancho // Pancho Gancho // La Ciudad de los Ascensores):
Marjorie Agosin wrote in 'Americas Magazine': Pablo Neruda loved not
only the exaggerated geography of Chile, his long and narrow, windswept
but all of its
wrote about them with pleasure and amazement. One of his favorites, Valparaíso,
was one of the most important Pacific ports during the past century. Called “the
pearl of the Pacific,” it made history with the arrival of Francis
Drake, Lord Thomas Alexander Cochrane, General José de San Martín,
and other legendary personages.
Located seventy-five miles from Santiago (120 km), Valparaíso occupies a privileged position in Chilean cultural imagery. There is no other place quite like it. Its setting is dramatic. Hills like precipices—with such poetic names as the Hill of the Happy Butterfly or Flowery Hill—drop sharply to the sea. Each morning the inhabitants of these hills wash and hang their bright clothing out of winged windows, like the sterns of abandoned ships, where fabric dances to the wind’s whim—for Valparaíso is also known as the Windy City.
There is also the famed Belt Road, which crosses the sixty narrow, dizzying hills, scaled by ancient, narrow stairs leading up to the heavens. From their summits, one can see the port, its old warships at anchor and its sailboats that turn ghostly at night. Valparaíso too takes on a different character at night, when the hills are illuminated. Secret and mysterious bars open up and sailors dream of their love for this intemperate place.
Pablo Neruda, the Chilean Nobel prize wrote a poem about Valparaíso.
Links to Valparaíso: