The city has a coastal plane a few blocks wide, then climbs up into very steep hills and ravines. Every inch is covered with buildings- for as far as the eye can see. And many, if not most, are not the most attractive buildings. It is also a port, so......
Now- since you will NEVER go here, let me share with you things we found. There is much gentrification going on- mainly in the hills. (for some of you, I know gentrification is bad because it displaces our beloved poor people). But, the homes and businesses in the hills paint their buildings very colorful: orange, red, blue, green, turqoise, etc. And street/building murals are very common place- Incredible murals that cover entire buildings or walls; sadly, so is the grafiti. There are cute hotels and hostels, restaurants, art shops, and even a chocolate store, where the chocolate is SO excellent.
To get around, the city has multiple ascensors (trams) that are about 100 years old, or more, that end on beautiful little terraced walkways that look over the city, ugly as it is. There are also multiple stairways up or down- most are nicely tiled or painted. In fact, everything is up:-) Remember- it is on hills.
There are dogs everywhere! They wander around, poop wherever they want, follow people. But none were ever aggressive or barking- people would go up to them and pet them, bring them food. While the copious amounts of poop was very annoying, seeing friendly dogs cared for by everyone was kind of nice.
Weird thing- none of their toast had crusts. It didn't seem like they cut them off,andno one spoke enough english to explain it to us, so....another weird mystery.
Another weird thing- wires. There are wires everywhere- usually combined with tens of other wires connecting buildings, running up the side of buildings, across the street above, around poles. Check out the photos carefully- you will probably see wires by the hundreds:-).
We ended up staying in the very cute hotel (Hotel Brighton- check it on Booking.com) in the hills overlooking the main square and port. In the photos,it is the orange hotel. It is very old, with patios all around- it is very nice!
|Our hotel from the main square- it is the orange one.|
|View of the port/coast from the hotel|
|Me at the entry way|
|Another view of the square from the hotel patio|
|One of the hundreds of dogs.|
|One of the squares in the city- this is the Chilean naval command building|
|The other end of the square|
|Stairs like a piano- note the art to the right|
|View of the hills with their colorful homes and buildings|
|A home with a mural of their dog with the dog laying there!|
|Rich with coffee against a purple building|
|One of the multitudes of murals|
|One of the terraced walk ways with city views. This one led straight to our hotel|
|Our hotel at night. Our room is the 2nd story with balcony- it was awesome!|
|besides dogs, there were lots of cats, too!|
|Hills at night|
|Main square at night|
|Thier bread has no crusts!!!!|
|View of our hotel and street from across the ravine. Ours was the orange one on the right.|
|Colorful homes in the ravines|
In addition to Valparaiso, there are small coastal towns to the north. We went to two of them: Vine de Mar and ConCon. Vine de Mar is much nicer than Valparaiso, but BORING and bland. ConCon is a cute little coastal town we liked.
Vine de Mar:
|Rich in the park|
|View of the city- very built up|
|This hotel restaurant was built in 1930- it is in the shape of a ship! They are restoring it- it is quite nice|
|The Rambla along the coast it nice. The coast is rocky with lots of pelicans and sea gulls|
|View of the coast|
|Rich on the Rambla|
|Another view of the ship restaurant/hotel|
|The rustic town of ConCon|
|The sea wall rocks have sayings painted on them|
|The town emblem|
|Rich on the coast|
|"please feed me!"|