Crisp like in Valpo
Valparaiso Travel Blog› entry 33 of 134 › view all entries
Valparisio is a wonderful beach town about 4 hours away from Santiago. It´s a UNESCO world heritage site and i can see why. It´s Bohemian and colourful and set in the hills overlooking the pacific ocean. With colourful houses, lampposts and interesting grafitti everywhere it´s a real step away from Santiago and has real charm. Our hostel was beautiful and we treated ourselevs to a twin room so we could have some space and we had Amarillo (Yellow) room with a great view over the garden. Cleansed my soul just walking in! We explored the city and the accensors that the town is famous for - they need lifts as the hills and steps are SO steep! The main district is filled with cool bars and shops and lots of colour and it´s a great place to just soak up the atmosphere.
We by passed Vina del Mar which is a built up tourist resort filled with election posters. We went to the next beach and set up shop meters from the ocean and settled for a day of sunbathing. This is where the fairytale ends. Despite it being actually rather chilly and windy the sun was incredibly hot. I rather cockily put a thin covering of factor 10 over me and promptly fell asleep in the sun. An hour later i woke up to find myself burnt, not a little burnt, but burnt to a crisp. They may need to find a new word for Lobster. I managed to walk back to the hostel and take a shower (yeouch!) and tried to make it to the ASADO in the hostel but needed to lie down after a while. And that is where i stayed. For the whol enight and the next day and night as i couldn´t move! Never ever been that sunburnt before and will never again be blase about the sun ... you are all my witnesses! Let the peeling commence.