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We decided to take a day trip to Valparaiso a couple of days after our arrival in Santiago, Chile two weeks ago. We took the Tur Bus (which is located adjacent to the Universidad de Santiago metro station) to Valparaiso which took a little over an hour to get there and cost less than 10.00 USD.
Valparaiso is a port city that is built on a hill. It reminds me a lot of San Francisco with its winding, unforgivably hilly terrain. In order to navigate the city, a series of sharply inclined cable cars, also known as Funiculars, were built to move people and parcels between the port and the highest peak.
The construction of the Panama Canal in the early 20th century made this port nearly obsolete and had a devastating effect on the economy and there was little need for the elevators since the population began to decline as a result.
Today, there is only one out of fourteen that is still in operation, but there is a move afoot by local civil engineers to restore them. It was interesting seeing a piece of history standing stark and alone with so many wonderful stories to tell. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that soon, they will all begin to tell new ones.
This post is part of Travel Photo Thursday at Budget Travelers Sandbox