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Santiago Photo Journal, Day 5

Spending another day in Chile meant taking a guided tour to the coast.

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Our first stop was the city of Valparaíso, built steeply into a hill overlooking the coastline. The population is about 300,000.

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A look at some of the graffiti in Valparaíso.

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Posing for a picture in front of the Pacific Ocean.

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Our tour guide takes us for a walk through the city streets.

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European settlers first arrived in Valparaíso as far back as 1536, although it remained small until the early part of the 1800s.

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Valparaíso was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Valparaíso is known for its colorful architecture.

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A beautiful seaside view.

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Our tour guide said there is estimated to be a million stray dogs in Chile (200,000 of them in Santiago). Here is one in Valparaíso taking a nap in a pedestrian street.

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Valparaíso is the only city in Chile that still uses a trolley system.

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Plaza Sotomayor in Valparaíso includes a momument to the Chilean sailors that fell in the Battle of Iquique and the Battle of Punta Gruesa.

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An art student depicts the local scene.

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A fleet of boats ready to take people out to sea.

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While Valparaíso is known as a port city, its neighbor—Viña del Mar—is more of a resort city. This is the Flower Clock.

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Along the sea in Viña del Mar.

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We were told this is the “Michael Jackson Rock.” It used to be black but because of the defecation from seals and birds, it has turned white.

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We returned to Santiago with just enough time to visit La Chascona.

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La Chascona is one of the houses owned by Chilean poet Pablo Neruda.

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Neruda won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1971.

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The house is located in the Bellavista neighborhood not far from our apartment.

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Photography is not allowed inside the house, but this is a mural outside.

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The view from our apartment in front of Cerro San Cristobal.

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Kinsa was our destination for dinner.

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I had a sour mojito made with pisco, a type of brandy made in Chile.

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I had a pasta with bacon, mushrooms and tomatoes.

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Amanda had plateada, a type of Chilean pot roast.

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