The big seaport of Valparaiso plays a huge role on the city's dynamic, not only economically speaking, as well as on its urban profile. While the port dominates most of the coastal line, hundreds of little houses with narrow streets fill the surrounding hills, where a surprise awaits at the end of each street!
Firstly, we visited the port and then went up to the top of Cerro Alegre (Happy Hill) through one of the many wooden funiculars existent (shaky but safe). Here the view to the sea was magnificent!
Additionally, some particular houses were to be found. As all port cities, Valparaiso attracted many parallel activities such as prostitution. Our guide pointed us some ex-brothel houses, one with peculiar details such as hearts as decorations on their doors (Casa de las Muñecas, Dolls' House).
We ended our tour by drinking local pisco sour, eating alfajores and visiting the Museo Cielo Abierto, an open-air museum where you can discover 20 murals of street art all over the Cerro Bellavista - this hill deserves a visit on its own! In fact we've found the whole city was an open steet art museum.
Te queremos Valpo!