South American Cruise series # 22
Valparaiso is the main port of Chile, beautiful and colorful city of hills coming down almost to the water. A series of inclined "elevators", or funiculars, carry people from the lower level to the higher levels, next to never ending stairs. You choose! I would say the hight of these hills might be like walking 6 or 7 floors of stairs, maybe more. Originally there were about 30 of these elevators, the size of a bus or tramway, but now only 14 are still working. The city is vibrant with a strong international market, beautiful beaches, modern shopping malls.