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3. Valparaiso, Chile February 22, 2010

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South America’s old-school, street-art filled version of San Francisco, Valparaiso has a gritty, port-city charm that’s difficult to describe. Suffice it to say the pastel-covered homes, relentless art and ragged hills overlooking the sea were more than enough to capture our imaginations. 

The Daring Young Man October 29, 2009

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He flies through the air with the greatest of ease...

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The daring young man on the flying trapeze.

Ascensor October 29, 2009

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Another one of Valparaiso´s famous ascensors. This one dated back to the late 1880s.

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Exterior shot of our hostel, Casa Verde Limon. -Valparaiso, Chile

Harbor Shots October 29, 2009

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Navy ship in the Valparaiso harbor.

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Steve actually took this photo from an overlook we could only reach by ascensor. -Valparaiso, Chile

Harbor Cruise October 29, 2009

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Perhaps Chileans don´t make the best swimmers? Everyone on board the harbor tour was handed one of these lovely life vests to wear. -Valparaiso, Chile

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The noble vessel. -Valparaiso, Chile

Valpo and the Penguin October 29, 2009

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A nice overview of Valparaiso with the Pacific in the background.

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We weren´t the only ones surprised to see a wild penguin hanging out in the harbor. -Valparaiso, Chile

Pops of Color, Ancient Elevator October 29, 2009

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This fuchsia house was so bright, we were able to pick it out from our boat during the harbor tour.

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An ascensor on its way uphill. -Valparaiso, Chile

Street Art and Homer Simpson Part II October 29, 2009

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Okay, so maybe I jumped the gun on the previous street art post. I had no idea Valparaiso wasn´t just a city, but a canvas. Graffitti artists take note, there is very little room left in which to paint, but there´s still plenty of inspiration to go around. Here is a very small sampling of what we saw.

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Some might recognize this stencil as an exact replica of our Halloween costumes from last year.

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