|Academy of Fine Arts|
|Statue of Virgin Mary atop Cerro San Cristobal|
|View from Cerro San Cristobal|
|La Vega Market|
|Fresh Fruits & Vegetables in La Vega|
|Fresh Fish in Mercado Central|
|Fresh Squeezed Juice in La Vega Chica|
|Pastel de Choclo (corn pie filled with meat and quail eggs)|
|Chorrillana - a typical Chilean dish of sliced beef with french fries, fried eggs, and fried onions.|
|Pippin - a dense white fish|
Valparaíso and Viña Del Mar are seaside cities along the coast of Chile. The former is a port city with plenty of history, character, and charm. You can see it in the architecture and street art all around. The cerros (or hills) and the steps which lead you up to the tops are breathtaking in both view and physical demand.
Viña Del Mar is a speedy bus ride up the coast that only costs the equivalent of $0.90 USD. It's a great getaway from the city life so you can enjoy the beach and views of Valparaíso. The water was quite cold considering it is summer here, but that does not stop many of the locals from taking a dip.
|View of one of the cerros of Valparaíso|
|Mural on a local establishment|
|Viña del Mar pier|
As I write this post, we've already flown out of Santiago to a town called Calama. From there, we took a 90 minute bus ride to the town of San Pedro de Atacama. And for the next 4 days, we will explore the Atacama Desert! It is the driest desert in the world and one of the most picturesque.
Stay tuned. More to come in the next few days... Hasta luego!