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valparaiso, chile

 

 

 

 

long hikes around the fantastically atmospheric, utterly unique, earthquake prone, backpacker beloved, historic, charming, funicularized, graffiti plastered & epically, epically hilly valparaiso, chile -- enjoy!

 

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valpara%C3%ADso

 

 

 

 

 

 

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la sebastiana, pablo neruda’s casa museum

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pablo_Neruda

 

 

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neruda’s views

 

 

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valpo by city bus

 

 

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palacio barburizza

 

 

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bristol house

 

 

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the piano steps

 

 

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jinkees!

 

 

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bar cinzano restaurant

 

https://www.barcinzano.cl

 

 

 

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plaza anibal pinto

 

 

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plaza sotomayor

 

 

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monumento a los heroes de iquique

 

 

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comandancia armada de chile

 

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bar la playa

 

 

 

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si, si -- always the stairs you must -- !!!!!

 

 

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continua, continua -- you can do it -- lol !

 

 

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old school valpo hoops hall

 

fortin prat holds 3k spectators

 

 

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mercado cardonal

 

the main building was rebuilt after an earthquake in 1912

you might notice by the design the building was pre-fabricated in germany

 

 

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plaza echaurren

 

 

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time to take a ride -- here on the ascensor artilleria funicular

 

there are 26 funiculars in valparaiso, but only 8 or so are currently in use

a few more are in the middle of being rebuilt

 

 

 

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paseo 21 de mayo hillside boardwalk

 

there are several scenic boardwalks around valpo

 

 

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rebuilding a funicular -- great to see this!

 

 

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adios valparaiso mi amor

 

 

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***  i hope you enjoyed a long look around the historic portside city of valparaiso, chile ***

 

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Well, this sure is a lot different from the other Valparaiso in Indiana!

 

Chile also has a Los Angeles. 

 

It looks like the reason why this city is so well-preserved is because its fortunes declined when the Panama Canal opened.  The city we are seeing appears to be very large but is actually not really that populous -- only about 250,000. 

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yes, per wiki its 155 sq.mi. today and the population was 284,630 in 2012 (metro 930,220), 6th largest in chile.

 

valparaiso thrived as a major port city in the 1800's. it had latin america's first stock exchange and first fire department. it still has the oldest spanish language newspaper in the world, el mercurio. it seriously declined after the panama canal opened and was abandoned by the rich.

 

however it's long stagnation has paid off leaving a unique look and heritage. it was declared a world heritage site in 2003 and in the last 20yrs it fortunes are returning via tourism and via its local major colleges and universities.

 

a transit quirk is that the valpo trollybus system they use only began in 1952, which is curious because that was around the era when america got rid of them over here. whats cool is that many of the original trolleybuses are still in use. they also have a nice new lightrail line as well as mini busses, regular city busses and very comfortable inter-city busses.

 

its really a breathtaking place, in more ways than one given all the hills and steps (!). i highly recommend visiting if you can. if you don't want to constantly deal with the hills of the old city you can stay in vina del mar, the touristic beach hotel town next door, which is flat. however, if you want to really explore and can handle the epic hilliness by all means stay in town.

 

valpo aint all old though, there is plenty of new construction as well as rehabbed new, modern interiors behind old fronts -- the renovation efforts are very impressive.

 

our hotel and something like this pic are examples:

 

 

http://www.casagalos.cl/index.php?lang=en

 

 

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so thats all for colorful valparaiso -- but more chile to come.

 

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South America seems to have a lot of these cities and small towns built on hilly terrain.  There are quite a number of Red Bull-type mountain biking videos where they plunge down these sorts of city staircases. 

 

Cincinnati does of course have a few flashes of this sort of terrain...here is one example, although things were once much denser:

https://www.google.com/maps/@39.1178663,-84.5090517,3a,75y,291.04h,94.62t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sxly3DfFvWH8SolxTDPT2rg!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

 

And another:

https://www.google.com/maps/@39.1168313,-84.5150526,3a,75y,77.04h,106.46t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sJAmevT8ej8sDq4mOIjTjMQ!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

 

And another:

https://www.google.com/maps/@39.1063405,-84.4980164,3a,75y,257.03h,98.64t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sM_YQn6WlIQFMrug6p5136w!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

 

Although it's interesting to see that for how dense the old hilly areas of Cincinnati are relative to most American cities, they don't compare with how packed-in things were in South America.  A "street" narrower than 20 feet is very rare in the United States, even in cities with relatively narrow streets. 

 

 

 

 

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A transit quirk is that the valpo trollybus system they use only began in 1952, which is curious because that was around the era when america got rid of them over here. whats cool is that many of the original trolleybuses are still in use. they also have a nice new lightrail line as well as mini busses, regular city busses and very comfortable inter-city busses.

 

It's really a breathtaking place, in more ways than one given all the hills and steps (!). i highly recommend visiting if you can. if you don't want to constantly deal with the hills of the old city you can stay in vina del mar, the touristic beach hotel town next door, which is flat. however, if you want to really explore and can handle the epic hilliness by all means stay in town.

In relation to Cincinnati, at least, your comments about Valparaiso's trolleybuses were spot on.  In the 1950's to early '60's, Cincy disposed of a number of buses virtually identical to these in the photos.  There was once a large "car barn" in Evanston at the intersection of Hewitt & Woodburn where the buses were serviced and stored.

 

As far as the breathtaking beauty of this city, what can I say that hasn't been expressed umpteen times before? No matter how many cities in the world may resemble it, either wholly or in part, Valparaiso occupies a realm all its own.  Your photos are evidence enough that this magical place really does exist.

 

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Wow that's a great set of photos. What a unique city. What brought you to Valparaiso?

 

three weeks of vacation in chile in july, so more to come.

 

we really loved it and even though its winter down there now it never really got cold. i think maybe a bit lucky, but we had fantastic and clear weather the whole time. so i would say its good to visit chile any time of year.

 

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South America seems to have a lot of these cities and small towns built on hilly terrain.  There are quite a number of Red Bull-type mountain biking videos where they plunge down these sorts of city staircases. 

 

Cincinnati does of course have a few flashes of this sort of terrain...here is one example, although things were once much denser:

https://www.google.com/maps/@39.1178663,-84.5090517,3a,75y,291.04h,94.62t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sxly3DfFvWH8SolxTDPT2rg!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

 

 

 

I'm almost positive that turn is in the big Airborne rollerblade race.

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