From the Plaza de Justicia, immediately behind Plaza Sotomayor and the Primera Zona Naval, Ascensor El Peral (1902) is the access point to Cerro Alegre, a neighborhood that was picturesque enough to serve as a backdrop for a Chilean TV soap opera some years back.
From El Peral’s upper exit, Paseo Yugoeslavo leads directly to the Palacio Baburizza, a former mansion housing the city’s Museo de Bellas Artes (Fine Arts Museum). Immediately adjacent is the Universidad de Playa Ancha’s Facultad de Artes, a haven for Porteño art students.
Almost directly south, toward Cerro Concepción, the passageway steps known as Pasaje Bavestrello pass directly through the middle of an apartment building, a nearly perfect integration of public and private space; on occasion, locals project movies onto the apartment walls. Calle Urriola marks the border between Cerro Alegre and Cerro Concepción.
© Wayne Bernhardson from Moon Chile, 2nd edition