We took a day away from Santiago and caught a bus to the port city of Valparaiso. Valparaiso is about 70 miles northwest of Santiago. It is a city of steep hills and funiculars. Many of the buildings on the hills of Concepcion and Alegre are decorated with murals and expressive graffiti. I don't know many details about this city but all the color made me happy to just be there.
|One of the many Funiculars|
|View of the busy port and the surrounding city of Valparaiso|
And, on the tram ride back to the bus station, I saw Santa Claus on his motorized sleigh.
Valparaiso is a wonderful city for strolling. Tours for Tips has a tour which would probably be great. Unfortunately, we didn't know that so we explored on our own.