Valparaiso is possibly one of the most unique cities in Chile, Often overlooked by many Chileans, in favour of Viña del Mar next door, people are now beginning to catch on - especially since the city was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003.
The city has two parts, a relatively flat city centre with a nice selection of shops and cafes. However take a short but dramatic ascensores (funicular elevator) that creaks at an improbable angle up hill and you will discover a very different city above.
These tumbling chaotic cerros (hills), with their steep labyrinthine roads, crumbling mansions and kaleidoscopic rooftops, will have even amateur photographers snapping on every street corner.
It's not just the stunning vistas that hit you as you look down to the busy working commercial and naval harbor below; it's the unique, faded grandeur of the town, and its spontaneous, bohemian charm.
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