Valparaiso, and the nearby beach resort of Vina del Mar, are just a couple of hours on a bus from Santiago, and they’re well worth a visit if you’re in the area.
I stayed in Valparaiso because it’s cheaper, and you can easily visit Vina del Mar on a day trip by bus, or even on foot.
The main thing that struck me about the city was the variety of different building styles, painted in a multitude of colours and decorated with graffiti. While graffiti has a bad name in most cities around the world, being painted over or scrubbed off the sides of buildings, in Valpo (as it’s affectionately known), they embrace it, and it really is fascinating.
You can spend at least a day getting lost among the mish-mash of streets, funiculars, steps and passageways. Here’s a selection of some of the best architecture and artwork I saw.
Graffiti doesn’t have to be vandalism
In any other city, this would be a ‘dodgy alleyway’
Why stop at painting the house bright red?
As if the houses aren’t colourful enough, they’ve gone and painted the steps too!
Even the boats are multicoloured
Wouldn’t the world be a better place if all cities were this bright?
I think there’s one little patch they couldn’t quite reach…