Touring Valparaiso–the city of street art (Viña del Mar)

At the Aribnb apartment there was two rooms, of which we were renting one of them. A younger couple came and rented the other room for the weekend. They knew the area and offered to show us Valparaiso, which is a port city north of Santiago. With a lot of other things on our mind we haven’t had the time to do any research about Chile, so we said “yes” and took a day off to visit Valparaiso. Later we learned that Valparaiso is known for its poets and painters, and has some of the best street art in Latin America.

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Meet our guides and our new friends

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We spend half a day walking a maze of steep, sinuous streets, alleys and stairways

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Enjoying all the street art

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The possibilities of taking funny pictures are endless wlEmoticon-camera Touring Valparaiso–the city of street art (Viña del Mar)

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We also rode the ascensores (funicolars or kind of elevator), which was built between 1883 and 1916. The oldest elevator is Ascensor Concepción and originally it ran on steam power.

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Finding a post office in Valparaiso – the first one in a long time (the last post office I went to was in May in Mexico City). I finally got to send postcards back home and to friends in the United States, even though they were running out of international stamps for the postcards. It took a lot of licking before they were ready to put into the mailbox.

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