Valparaiso (Chile)

Valparaiso (Chile)

 

 

We rented a car in Santiago to drive further North along the Chilean coastline. Our first stop was Valparaiso, 115 km West of Santiago, a large laid-back picturesque bay surrounded by 45 colourful hills, the legendary ‘Cerros’, a labyrinth of stairs, lifts and ancient funiculars, all accessible by foot. Valparaiso is home to many street artists, poets, writers and musicians (poet Pablo Neruda was one notable former residents). It is a fascinating, inventive, bohemian city that never stops to surprise you.

We strolled in the colourful streets for hours and hours, admiring graffiti, markets, musicians and amazing views on the bay and the Pacific Ocean… A bit of imagination suffices to picture an encounter with an old “cap hornier” in one of the harbour slums. Until 1914, date of the opening of the Panama Canal, Valparaiso was the main port of the continent where clippers coming from Europe and the East coast of the US stopped for a well-deserved break after passing the dreaded Cape Horn.

We tried some of the old funiculars to avoid having to climb up and also boarded a local bus, the “Micro O”, who drives around the cerros and offers a beautiful view on the city.

You get it, we loved Valparaiso!

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View on one of Valparaiso’s colourful “cerros”

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Street art everywhere!

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A typical street, always very steep

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The bay of Valparaiso, very famous in the past for its cape horniers

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View from the Paseo Atkinson

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Typical colonial houses that you see everywhere in Valparaiso

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We are not hippies but happies

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One of our favourite spots in the city

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More street art

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Getting lost in one of the many paseos

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The tour guide

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Wannabe street artist

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The Chilean version of “Les demoiselles d’Avignon”

Next stop: San Pedro de Atacama (Chile)

 

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2 Comments

  1. Maman
    November 16, 2015 / 1:47 pm

    Quelle chance vous avez….
    Quelles merveilleuses couleurs… Une ville très joyeuse il me semble…..
    Tu as l air en super forme Jean!!!
    Gros bisous à vous deux de Moscou 😘😘

  2. Liliane Govaerts
    December 25, 2015 / 11:29 am

    Grandeur et décadence économique …. Ils détestent ce Canal de Panama et on peut les comprendre. Ils se consolent en mettant plein de couleurs dans leurs ruelles. Souvenirs de téléfériques antédiluviens qui perdaient quelques fois leur porte 😱

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