Valparaiso is the oldest, and until recently, the busiest port city in Chile.
While Chile has been influenced by many cultures over the years, the influences tend to be seen in pockets. There are the Germans of the Lake District and Welsh in Patagonia. But Valparaiso, being a port city, has been influenced by many cultures over the year.
Also, like seaside villages, towns and cities all over the world, the houses are painted brightly. You'll see this in Iceland, Newfoundland, Canada and, yes, Valparaiso.
It is a very special city for many travelers and Chileans however it seems to have suffered in the last year since the earthquake. Some of the ascensors aren't working for example. But, as you will see by the photos, there is still plenty to enjoy there.
I spent most of my time in two areas of Valparaiso: Concepción and Museo a Cielo Abierto. Here is my experience in photos. When I return from my trip I will share stories as well.