Am I in San Francisco or Valparaiso?

After a two-hour bus ride from Santiago, we arrived to the town of Valparaiso, a port town in Chile.  We would spend a few days before our long journey to Mendoza, Argentina.

When I first gazed at Valparaiso, I thought I was in San Francisco.  There was the ocean on one side of the city and the colorful houses nestled in the hills.  The streets were crooked and windy, which made discovering the town on foot a great experience.

Views from the Top

Valparaiso, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offers natural beauty, historical importance, and interesting architecture.  There are sixteen funiculars (fifteen are national monuments and one is private property) which offer some great views of the city.  Funiculars are cable railways with railcars that move up and down steep slopes.

We had a chance to visit Funicular Concepcion and Funicular Artilleria which gave some spectacular views of the city.  Walking around the windy streets near Funicular Concepcion are a must.  We passed by small cafes, art gallerias, and colorful homes.

All the Colors in the Rainbow

Houses along the roads are every color of the rainbow.  As we walked along a few streets near the Funicular Concepcion, there were painted garages, murals, and grafitti on the walls. The colors were so tropical.  Even the walls of houses had quotes from famous authors.

Speaking of colorful homes, we had a chance to visit one of the most famous homes in Valparaiso. The Le Sebastiana Museum is the former home of Pablo Neruda, a famous Chilean poet and writer.  The house had endless views of the sea and the city.  His collections of art around the world were still in the home.  One interesting part of his home was the bathroom near the bar. It was made of iron gates so there was not a proper door. Only the brave would dare to go into this one.

Heartburn Meal of the Year

Chorrillana-the word still gives me chills up my spine.  This meal is made for the most daring.  It is essentially french fries with fried eggs, steak, hot dogs, and onions slabbed on top.  For about $5 USD, you can eat your heart out with this Valparaiso speciality.

I thought my friend and I could not finish this massive plate. But after fifteen minutes, we were half-way through.  This is definitely a dish you should not eat every day, but once in awhile you can take the plunge.

Next stop:  Mendoza, Argentina


About Jan

In 2004 and 2010, I set aside time to travel the world in 3 parts. In 2004, I traveled to Thailand, Europe, and Pacific Northwest region of the U.S. In 2010, I traveled to 3 continents: Asia, South America, and Africa. I am not sure if I have a fascination with the number 3, but I seem to be constantly traveling by numbers.
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5 Responses to Am I in San Francisco or Valparaiso?

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    omg that meal looks scary. SCARY!

  2. Snowy says:

    How many countries have you visited now?

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