There were 2 things I remembered about our car ride to Valparaiso. First, when our guide spoke to the driver in Spanish, I could understand them! That’s because she spoke very slowly compared to the people in Santiago who talk so fast it seems like a different language.
Secondly our guide spent some time warning us about our belongings and to watch out for pickpockets.
After our discussion, I noticed we were arriving because of the hills and colorful buildings started appearing.
While driving to our apartment, we spotted a guy riding a horse!
During the 5 nights we were there, some were spent serving clients, others just walking around the exploring the city and the majority of the time, we stayed in our apartment on Cerro Castel because of this amazing view:
Our apartment was on the hill so we could see the sea and many of the colorful buildings. It was also the tallest building on the hill so It’d be hard to get lost too since we could always just point to the building to get directions.
To go up and down the hills, you can walk but the streets are very steep or take collectivos which are taxis that people share. (Though there are 4 people in our family so we never got to share with random people.)
I don’t remember seeing any walls that were a plain color or just white. Walls that looked like they were supposed to be just white were instead covered in graffiti of various colors.
Here are 2 colorful buildings I thought were worth taking pictures of:
And this is the monument in Plaza Sotomayor in the town center.
Then of course there are the famous staircases of Valparaiso.
This is one random staircase on the hill our apartment was on.
And going up the staircase, since this is Valparaiso, the stairs were painted!
Here’s another one with a lot of stairs! We were about to head up the stairs when a woman approached my parents. I turned around to hear what she had to say and by the time I reached her, I only got to hear her say cuidado, which is ‘careful’ in Spanish and saw her point to my dad’s camera.
We ended up just walking up the stairs, took a peek at what was on top (just some more colorful buildings) and walked back down.
What do you think of Valparaiso? Leave a comment below 🙂