Have now crossed the border into Chile, our last country here in South America. The currency here is one of those ones with 1000 to the pound. We ditched our backpacks in Santiago and headed straight to the coast with just a day bag, to an arty city called Valparaiso. Valparaiso is built on a series of adjacent hills. Well eroding hills. Subsequently all the beautiful houses, painted in vibrant colours, look ready to collapse, standing procariously above one another on stilts and supports. If some more hill falls away, another support goes up, it was unbelievable. To get to the top of these hills was a network of fenicular railways. These were no more secure. Rusty pullys, pulling rickety tin sheds with a few passengers inside, up the steep hills. It was all so unstable, one false move and i think the whole town would just collapse.
At the top of the hills were really narrow windy streets with walls covered in street art - well graffitti really, but with talent. There were loads of hidden craft shops and restaurants tucked away, only to be discovered by accident. Every building was painted with a different brightly coloured paint. We spent a lot of time just wondering the streets. The next few bays up the coast are all beautiful beaches. We spent the last day at Vina del mar just relaxing on the sand. We're back in hot climate here. The weather was beautiful. Next back to Santiago.