Valparaiso resembles a medieval European harbor more than a 20th century commercial port. Narrow streets wind throughout the hills with footpaths that resemble staircases. Ascensores (funicular railways) also transport people up and down the hills. Once a lively, wealthy seaport, Valpo was hurt when the Panama Canal opened. It never recovered. It's opulent mansions and colonial buildings now run down were once a sign of the wealth..
The brigantine schooner Esmeralda arrives in the port of Valparaiso. The ship returned through the Panama Canal after being out on a training mission for 7 months. They sailed to Europe near Norway, Poland, Finland, Denmark, Sweden, Portugal, Spain, England, France, Mexico and the United States. The ship had 336 officers and crew-95 Marine cadet officers, 72 Navy.