Trip Start Apr 08, 2010
48Trip End Jul 08, 2010
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Valpo is a working/middle class port town with something like 45 hills leading down to the water although it has no beach. Colorful houses are stacked on top of one another amid steep, winding streets. The centro is a little grungy, but there were some really cute areas like Cerro Alegre
In both towns, there was a decent amount of earthquake damage. Most of it was not readily apparent, but there was structural damage to some of the older buildings. Maybe the earthquake is one of the reasons we haven't seen many tourists.
In any event, this daytrip made our stay in Santiago totally worthwhile. Gotta run and check out of our hotel now. We've got the day in Santiago before catching a night flight down to Punta Arenas. Check out the map...we'll be about as far south as you can get without being in Antarctica. After a quick sleep, we're off to Torres del Paine and a whole lotta nature!