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... Neruda I was pleasantly surprised by his story, his house and even more so by his poetry. I instantly became a fan.
Although many aristocrats would turn their noses up at this smelly town, it used to be one of the wealthiest civilisations in Latin America, with the port being an essential stopping place for ships making their way, laden with valuables from the States, around the tip of Chile.
The construction of the Panama ...
... that we were close to a big city as there were many small towns that looked prosperous and middle class. Little boxes made of ticky-tacky and they all looked just the same. Again, a small incident in the bus station. At some point in our unloading of the bus, Natalie had either lost her iphone or it had been stolen, but nothing else. Viña del Mar and Valparaiso are two major cities located right next to each other and both are fairly wealthy. Viña is bourgie ...
... clean and very tidy city, especially when compared with where we had just come from. Efficient metro system versus 60 year old trolleys and even older ascensors, well-maintained and manicured Santa Lucia Park with spacious viewpoints versus empty lot with large-breasted blue woman painted on wall, tree-lined bohemian neighbourhood of Lastarria versus the street near the docks where people violently chop fish into small pieces.
On the whole, Santiago seemed ...
Incredibly sad to be leaving Santiago, we set off for Valparaiso, a city on the coast, north-west of Santiago.
We arrived at the bus station in the early evening and set off to find the hostel. As we always book the cheapest hostel, we´re by now quite used to navigating around some dodgy looking areas, however this seemed to be one of the worst so far. Burnt out, rusting cars lined the streets, some of them being worked upon by ...
Valparaiso is the major port for the country, and also for Santiago, the country's capital about 75 miles away. Today most of the 1260 passengers will disembark, but there are about 100 of staying on for the next leg to Papeete, Tahiti. So while we are out on our independent tour, about 1100 new passengers will stagger onboard, exhausted from their overnight flights, primarily from North America.
We have a nice day for it; ...