Vina del Mare, Valparaso
24.11.2008 - 25.11.2008
We set out on a 1.5hr bus trip to the coast off Santiago to a small place called Vina del mare. More of a resort town than a tourist town, with High rise appartments literally on the beach mixed with restuaraunts and the odd castle.
We sifted down to the beech and then made our way back through the streets, stopping to check out a real Easter Island Maoi (statue). Spent the night in an old creaky backpackers.
The next morning we made our way to Valparaso, a ten minute train ride to the next bay. The hills covered with multi coloured houses and steep stairways. We took a couple of rides up old Ascentors (cable cars) built between 1883 and 1907, they rise quickly at 65Deg up rustic wooden supports, an old man at the top pulls the start lever, all day everyday. It seems jobs are not there out of nessecity but to employ the many people who do not have skills or education. Parking wardens sit in the shade on each street corner waiting for a car to park so they can issue a ticket. Venders scoul the streets and beechs selling ice blocks and cool drinks.
There is not always a lot to do in the smaller citys but walking around and taking in the culture is enough. So many amazing buildings and small narrow streets you never know what sight is around the next corner.