"Valparaiso's hills" Top 5 Page for this destination Chile Things to Do Tip by TheWanderingCamel
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Leaving the plazas and narrow shopping streets of El Plan behind you, it's time to take to the hills. You could spend all day here riding up the little "ascensors" and then finding your way down via the narrow steps and lanes that snake between the houses, stopping to admire the views of the harbour and the hills that come and go with the twists and turns.
Corrugated iron is a building material much in favour here - sometimes rusty, sometimes painted but faded and peeling, and sometimes -as in the Cerro Concepcion district - restored and painted in an explosion of brilliant colour. This area has become something of an artist's quarter and you will find studios and galleries tucked away here as well as cafes and restaurants. Ascensior Concepcion - the oldest in the city - will take you there.
As well as the narrow terraced houses, you will find grander edifices built by sea captains grown rich on the California run - stone facades and elaborate porticos at the front and corrugated iron at the sides.
The stairs here would certainly keep you fit - I was really flagging at one point and stepped aside to allow someone to come through behind me - an old lady with a walking stick who was practically skipping down!
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Directions: Ascensior Concepcion starts just across from the clock tower
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