CHILE: I love Valparaiso
It is unfortunate that I didn’t know about this picture perfect Chilean port city sooner, Valparaiso wasn’t added to my itinerary until I was already in Chile. Valparaiso is characterized by so many things things that I love: the sea, hillsides of dense brightly colored houses, a shipping port of colorful lego-like shipping containers, fresh seafood, and diverse architecture. You can take a break from walking up the super steep hills and instead take one of the many still operational ascensors (funiculars) that climb the sometimes 45 degree and steeper hillsides. The air was very hazy the days we visited Valparaiso, which slightly muted the bright colors, but added a dreamy feel to the city.