Photos from Valparaiso, Chile

I visited Valparaiso in January 2007. It proved to be an extremely interesting city. The architecture is a magnificent mix of luxury villas and unbelievable shackles built on some fifty hills (cerros). The city supports painting the houses in bright colours which can be seen in the city landscape.

The hills are very steep. Because of this, there are 15 funiculars in active use in Valparaiso. Most of them are from the late 19th century. The city has never been officially founded, it has just been built on the hills.

Although Valparaiso is supposed to be a tourist centre in Chile, this could not be seen in the streets, everything looked very authentic and no tourists could be seen.

 

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