Getting lost in Valpo

Trip Start Feb 04, 2013
Trip End Ongoing

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Thursday, May 8, 2014

Together with Tom, an English guy, whom I met on my very first day in Santiago, I then travelled to Valparaiso, which is an amazing harbour city. As I knew that the city was declared as a UNESCO world heritage site, I wanted to know what the fuss was about.

Climbing up and down the countless steep staircases, riding the funiculars or simply getting lost in the winding streets by walking around, were some good ways to explore this beautiful city. Without a map, it is just impossible to navigate your way through town. And even with a map, you lose track of where you are going very easily as none of the small alleys follows a similar pattern – and the only way to continue might be to go to a higher level to find your way from a birds-eye perspective. For those who have been to Hamburg, Valparaiso somehow reminded me of the "Treppenviertel" – just bigger by about factor 10 and probably not as luxurious.

Nevertheless, this is what makes this place so special. Furthermore, this city really brings out the artist in you: There are impressive murals basically everywhere you go - and no two houses look alike as they are all painted in a variety of colours. Fortunately none of the historic part of the city was affected by the big fire, which had hit the city just a few weeks before.

For the next few days we then headed to Viņa del Mar, which is only a few kilometres away from Valpo, as the locals call it. Although the beaches of Viņa del Mar and its neighbour towns Reņaca and Con Con do look beautiful (as long as the sun is shining), it is not really possible to go into the water as it is simply too cold.
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