Chile: Valparaiso – Up Above

September 7th, 2006

We arrived in Valparaiso and went straight to Cerro Concepción to our hotel.
This city is composed of two parts, the sea-level ocean front and the cerros behind, where houses are delicately perched and special ascensores are in place to take you up to the streets above, which would otherwise be a near-vertical climb to get to.

The houses up here look nice, albeit a bit shanty. This is no longer Valparaiso’s heyday – the town collapsed when the Panama Canal opened and ships started to by-pass this once important port. The town has a Victorian England feel about it, certain parts appear frozen in time.

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