Valpraiso

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Avenida Brasilia

Arrived at about 6am in Valpraiso off our overnight bus from La Serena. It is a costal town around 2hours west of Santiago, with a large port and the city squashed between this and the hills behind.We found a hostal in one of the Cerros, which are neighbourhoods of colourfull jumbled houses up on the hills behind the town. After sleeping for a few hours we headed down to the port to explore....unfortunately the local "cerron" (=thief!) spotted us and proceeded to perform a scam on us. He put something like porridge on my back (claire) which i thought was birdpoo and when i took off my bag to clean it he snatched it and ran off! So our first few hours in Valpraiso were spent in the company of the local police, who for the record were very nice, spoke perfect english and were very efficient!! They told us that this scam is really common here.

In my bag was a few thousand pesos (3 quid!), my camera (complete with a memory card of photos grr), a guidebook (luckily we have two) and a spanish phrasebook (kinda stuck on the language front now...!) but no cards or passport etc so could of been much worse. All in all not quite the first afternoon in Valpraiso we had expected!

Yesterday we spent the day exploring the city (feeling very wary and paronoid!), took a boat tour around the harbour to see the navy boats, amazing views of the city and lots of sealions! Because of the steep hills, dotted around the city there are ascensors (lifts) to save the city dwellers legs on the steps. We went to see one of the oldest ones called Ascensor Polanco, it was built in around 1913 and after walking along a 150m long tunnel you get into the lift which takes you up 80m to amazing views over the city and port.

(you will get lots more photos from now on as we are going to load them all up incase charlies camera gets stolen!!)

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Avenida Brasilia
Avenida Brasilia
Traffic light entertainment
Traffic light entertainment
The tunnel along to the ascensur (…
The tunnel along to the ascensur …
The view from the top over Valprai…
The view from the top over Valpra…
Valpraiso
Valpraiso
The market
The market
Cuerpa de Bombera ??? Fire engine
Cuerpa de Bombera ??? Fire engine
Lovely life jackets so useful with…
Lovely life jackets so useful wit…
Just missed the sealion
Just missed the sealion
Tram
Tram
Kids day! Very strange dance routi…
Kids day! Very strange dance rout…
Some Chilean dance
Some Chilean dance
Claire stuck in the rain
Claire stuck in the rain
Beware of tidal waves
Beware of tidal waves
Funny slippers we had to wear arou…
Funny slippers we had to wear aro…
The waterslide running down the ce…
The waterslide running down the c…
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photo by: montecarlostar