To finish 2017 we decided to spend the last week of the year in a different way. We travel to Valparaiso, changing our extremely busy Santiago city to a more relaxed city on the hills, where the coast weather keeps contamination far away and it feels colder as it is windy and wet.
Valparaíso is a major city, seaport, and educational center and is the second largest metropolitan area in the country. Valparaíso is located about 120 km northwest of Santiago by road. We drove from Santiago late at night, and we spend about an hour and a half to get to Valparaíso, the 68 highway is well built and very illuminated but it has two toll areas, we pay CLP $1900 each.
Valparaíso is a very interesting city, full of mazes and memorable places, because of this, the city invites artists and cultural entrepreneurs to set up in the city’s hillside historic districts. Today, many thousands of tourists visit Valparaíso from around the world to enjoy the city’s labyrinth of cobbled alleys and colorful buildings.
The port of Valparaíso continues to be a major distribution center for container traffic, copper, and fruit exports. Valparaíso also receives growing attention from cruise ships that visit during the South American summer.
Most significantly, Valparaíso has transformed itself into a major educational center with four large traditional universities and several large vocational colleges. The city exemplifies Chilean culture, with festivals every year, and street artists and musicians.
We arrive at our friend’s house about 2 am. he lives in a hill called “Las Delicias”, which is about four kilometers to the coast border. Following day we spend our time in the area. Refreshing and sunny, Valparaíso has a very nice weather in summer.
In general, the style of Valparaíso is full of mural and paintings on the walls. We visited a hill called “Cerro Alegre” translated into English would be “Happy Hill”. This place is so full of color, as you can find murals and graffiti everywhere.
We started walking around the maze, guided by our friend we went upstairs, downstairs, along hallways and stopped in a couple of lookouts. First, we went to the top of the hill by a cable car called “Reina Victoria”, then we stopped at “Paseo Atkinson” later we pass “Paseo Gervasoni” to finish in “Paseo Yugoslavo”.
We got down in another cable car called “El Peral”, then we walked along Serrano and Pratt, to finally end up at “La Plaza de la Victoria”. Where you can find lots of peddlers, handmade handicrafts, and food.