Valparaiso, Chile

A Day in Valparaiso, Chile

Valparaiso, also known as Valpo, seemed to me to be the flip side to Santiago. While Santiago is tidy, orderly and reserved, Valpo is noisy, chaotic, messy, loud and dusty. Brightly coloured houses, with washing strung along the sides, sit perched in the hills, while the port throbs and heaves below.

It was a gorgeous day to visit, sunny and relatively warm (I think I got down to two layers only), but like Santiago, a┬áhaze of smog hangs over the city. I walked through the busy streets in the downtown area and then caught a rickety little cable car up Cerro Concepcion, and ambled through the narrow streets and laneways, soaking up the atmosphere. There didn’t seem like much else to do, and it was a nice way to spend the day. I found a cafe clinging to a hill, and enjoyed lunch while watching the world go by.

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