We left Pablo Neruda’s house heading towards the port, stopping at a plaza to do silly things that tourists do:
We stopped at Cementerio No 2 located on Pantheon Hill. Created in 1845 it was declared a National Monument of Chile in 2005. Yes – that’s a barbeque being whipped up just inside the gates!
We wound our way through alleys and up & down weird staircases & pathways. Valparaiso was a small fishing village during Spanish colonial times but after independence from Spain in 1818 it became the base for the Chilean navy and with that came development. In 1906 a major earthquake struck causing extensive damage; rebuilding included widening of the streets.
Valparaiso is nicknamed “The Jewel of the Pacific” and was declared a world heritage site in 2003 based on its “improvised urban design and unique architecture”. It’s a wonderful higgledy piggledy landscape: –