My Heart and Valparaiso
My Heart and Valparaiso

My Heart, and Valparaíso.

I L-O-V-E this place!

When I was planning my trip Valparaíso, I had thought that I could write a post that compared it to my visit to Pichilemu … but as it turns out the two places could not be more different. The two places are on the coast, both have lots of stray dogs, and the similarities end there.
Valparaíso is like being on drugs, or at least, I would imagine. The buildings are psychedelic, the views are out of this world, and the people are so warm and friendly, it’s no wonder that I fell in love.
The centre is a unique labyrinth of cobbled street, colourful building, and painted staircases. You will definitely get a workout as you wander the many hills and streets entranced by the many colours and inspiring art all around you. As always, my camera was at hand to capture it as best I could. I think that I have took more photos in one day in Valparaíso than I have anywhere else on my travel so far.
Below are a few of my favourite street pictures.

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La ciudad psicodélica.

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The walk towards La Sabastiana.

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Cobbled streets and art around every corner.

Valparaíso is also home of La Sabastiana, one of three houses that belong to the Chilean Poet, Pablo Neruda. It sits at the top of quite a steep hill, but the house and the views are worth the climb. Photography is forbidden inside the house, and although I was often told off by the security guard (A.K.A the only grumpy person in Valparaíso) I still managed to sneak some pictures inside the rooms.

It was clear that the poet was an artist with flair for interior design, and a bit of prankster! I enjoyed hearing the story that he use to tell his friends; to look out for a lady that would sunbath naked on the roof opposite his house. His friends would watch for hours and she would never appear. I think I would have liked his sense of humour.

Here are a few sneaky photos from inside La Sabastiana.

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Gorgeous colours, and a nautical theme.

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A room with a view!

I stayed with some people from Couchsurfing, and the amazing experience I had was very much down to Rodrigo and his friends. The house was not unlike a hostel, with lots of fun and interesting people from all around the world passing through the beautiful town. I was made to feel immediately at home and although my Spanish is still limited, as was their English, we had such a great time together and laughed from morning until night, and then laughed some more into the small hours, until the sun was ready to come up.

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Mis amigos en Valparaíso, Rodrigo y Sancho.

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The Karate Kid.

On the second night we brought some beers, and walked to the cliff on the end edge of the city to watch the sunset.
There was nowhere on earth I would rather have been.

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Thank you Valparaíso, Rodrigo and Sancho for all the amazing memories, un pedazo de mi corazón estará contigo siempre. Hasta la próxima vez ...

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20 Comments on “

  1. Love those cobbled streets and the street art is pretty cool too! Looks like a less touristy area to roam around, which I like. You had great views of the area and nice sunsets. Like the sneak pictures.

    1. It is one of my favourite places I’ve visited this trip. Someone described it to me recently as a cross between San Francisco and East London… I couldn’t agree more! Thanks for following.

    1. Oh I hope you do visit soon! Pablo Neruda also has two other houses close by, one in Santiago and another in Isla Negra. I visited that latter this weekend, it was studding, and of course there were more sneaky photos taken. I will be posting soon.

  2. That is an amazing view for a place you found on couchsurfing. The street art there is fantastic and lokks like re a lot of it. I’m glad you had a fun time with your hosts even if excommunication was a challenge.

    1. When the communication is challenging it forces you to get creative. Which is always great fun! Thanks for reading.

    1. Honestly it is amazing to wander through the streets and explore. And I’m with you on the beaches!

  3. what a great experience, certainly the urban art and the landscape view makes it look like the whole place is happy on drugs, thanks for sharing about this place.

    1. I get the impression the place has change a LOT in the past few years. You will have to let me know if you go back and if you like it better this time.

  4. Valparaíso looks like my sort of place! With cobblestones, street art and the ocean it pretty much ticks all the boxes for me. I have yet to venture to South America at all but I really hope to one day soon.

    1. South America is pretty amazing. I really hope that one day you get to explore it one day! It is one huge and diverse continent. Have fallen in love with it a little.

  5. Valparaíso looks amazing! I especially like your first photo with the perspective from the top of the stairs. I would love to walk on cobblestone streets.

  6. The streets of Valparaiso is typically classic yet enhancef with those colourful street arts. The surrounding is also beautiful with different contrasts from the trees, sun and ocean. The lighthouse added a bit in the entire masterpiece.

  7. What a contrasting place – from cobbled streets to eye-popping street art. I like the idea also of visiting to completely different cities and it is always a surprise to find something new, especially if you were not really expecting it to be so unique.

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