Valparaíso y Viña del Mar

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Valparaíso
Valparaíso
Chile's colorful seaport city occupies a stretch of hills and cliffs along the Pacific coast.
Ascensor
Ascensor
The neighborhoods and shantytowns that make up Valpo are connected by rickety funicular elevators know as "ascensores." Public transit, roller-coaster style.
La Vista
La Perla del Pacífico
From the top of Cerro Alegre, one can see why Valparaíso proudly bears the name "The Pearl of the Pacific."
La Bahia
La Bahia
Across the waters, the wealthier neighboring cities of Viña del Mar and Reñaca are visible.
Old Church
Old Church
UNESCO recently named Valpo's historic quarter a World Heritage Site.
Narrow Streets
Narrow Streets
The hills are a warren of narrow, cobblestone streets, all of which seem to lead out to spectacular views.
Floating Cemetery
Floating Cemetery
A peek over rooftops and onto the grounds of a cathedral.
Caution: Steep
Caution: Steep!
The precipitous roads make walking around Valpo quite a workout.
Maritime Business
Maritime Business
Although Valparaíso is being used less and less as a seaport, the Navy stations most of its ships here.
Squeezing Through
Squeezing Through
A brightly lit alleyway in Cerro Concepción.
Colorful Sight
Rainbow Vision
My favorite thing about Valpo is how brightly and vividly painted all the homes are, and how they all seem to balance precariously on stilts.
Pancho y Alvaro
Pancho y Alvaro
My hosts for the weekend. While they cleaned their apartment for their imminent moveout, I roamed the cities with Stef.
Sunset over Valpo
Sunset over Valpo
The view from a beach in Viña del Mar, near Alvaro's apartment. The hills look like they are studded with jewels.
Chorillana
Chorillana
As a reward for a hard days work, Alvaro, Stef, Pancho, Maga, and I head to the infamous Jota Cruz, which reputedly offers the best chorillana in town (onions, eggs, and meat slathered on french fries).
The Coast
The Coast
The bus ride from Valpo to Viña runs along the picturesque coast.
Pelicans
Pelicans
These enormous birds skim the surface of the water in droves.
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