Valparaiso

Last weekend, we took a two night trip to Valparaiso, which is on the coast of Chile. It is an easy bus ride from Santiago, and we arrived there ready to explore! The highlight of Valparaiso is its funiculars, antique style cable cars that run up and down its many hills. On our first day we rode on two of these, and explored the hills and the main city.

Funicular

 

View of the tracks

 

View from hill

 

Reuben exploring

On our second day we took the metro through to Vina del Mar, a nearby beach resort. We learned after arriving that the metro station is actually nowhere near the beach – but not to worry, after a 45 minute stroll we finally found the beach! We had a lovely few hours strolling and relaxing on the beach, but didn’t swim as the water was really cold and the waves looked pretty dangerous. This place is generally packed in the summer, but on an April afternoon it was pretty deserted.

View from the beach

On Sunday we took a boat ride out on the harbour, and saw sea lions and a naval ship. It was a great way to see Valparaiso.

Naval ship

 

Sea lion

We then took another stroll through Valparaiso looking for a restaurant that my brother had recommended. After an hour of searching and looking on maps, we decided to try another place and enjoyed our meal of fresh fish before heading back to Santiago.

Valparaiso from the sea

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Helen says:

    Valpraiso looks so pretty!

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  2. Kate says:

    Pretty pictures! I love the colours of the buildings.

    Dad and I went for a walk on the beach the other day, and I went paddling and thought of you 🙂

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  3. Julie Bunnell says:

    All my fears come back to me when I see your photos of the funiculars! I am glad that you two are braver than me.
    Valparaiso looks gorgeous, and I love that photo of the navy ship. Dare I say that it looks like a tall ship from the past rather than part of a modern navy.
    Lachlan will be sorry that you could not find his special restaurant…

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  4. Lachlan says:

    Hi Karen and Reuben

    I love the photos – they bring back wonderful memories.

    It’s a shame that you didn’t find the restaurant (seeing as it’s the best place ever!) but you probably enjoyed your own experience, too. And it soudns as though you got some of Valpo’s specialty: seafood.

    Love
    Lachlan

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