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Valparaiso - The City, In Which I Don't Want To Come Back!

xorolik • 4 minutes read • June 28th, 2016
After a great day in Algarrobo, home to the world's largest pool, we went to Santiago. But before that, we had another intermediate stop scheduled in

Valparaiso

. Our cruise would start here and last 6 days, so we decided to start with a walk. 
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Valparaiso

is a port city, a major naval base in Chile off the Pacific, built on the hills. The name of the city is translated from Spanish to "Paradise Valley". The locals call it Valpo!
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We drove around for about an hour.  While driving and walking around the city, we did not understand the joke about this being paradise! It was less like a city and more like a continuous flea market. Not only were there several big tents in the middle of the street, but there were also different vendors and stalls spread along the sidewalks. 
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And when we saw the heaps of garbage, shabby houses, slums and people loitering around, we had no desire to leave the car. We locked our doors immediately.  
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In addition to the slums, there were also new high-rise buildings. But everything was so mixed that it looked a little strange. 
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Since 

Valparaiso

is located on the hills, the main form of transportation is via cable cars that have operated since 1883. There were 15 cable cars in the city, five of which are owned by the city, and the rest are owned by four private companies. Each cable car even has its own name! But we didn't risk riding on one these miracles . . . 
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Among public modes of transport, there were also taxis, small buses, trolley cars, and a subway in the city.
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The Trolley car in Valparaiso has become a kind of symbol of the city. 16 Pullman trolley cars, produced in the United States between 1947-1952, as well as the entire trolley car infrastructure, have been officially declared a national monument and are protected by the state. When they first appeared in Valparaiso, they were called trucks.
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This city subway was opened in 2005; it has 20 stations. All of them are situated on the same line, spanning 26.7 miles (43 km), and stretches beyond Valparaiso. The subway's route passes along the city's waterfront.
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This is a bridge over the railway track.
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This city gave me mixed emotions, however I didn't leave with the desire to return in the future, let alone prolong my stay there.  

In the next post, I will show you the street art of Valparaiso.
Author: Xorolik
Source: xorolik.livejournal.com
Translated by: Olesya Zhukova

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