At the beginning of July, Valparaíso turned 14 years since it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. After a first try in 1999, in 2003 the 21 members of the Executive Committee of UNESCO made the decision of assigning this category to our popular harbour.
One of the main reasons why Valparaiso was given this status, is its historical value. During the 19th and 20th centuries, Valparaíso was one of the most important harbours of the South Pacific, promoting the growth of South American trade beyond its boundaries. Today, it can be considered as a testimony of the beginnings of globalization.