Chile 01 —
June 2014 – Caitlin and I went on a month long journey through Chile and snuck away to Valparaíso for a few days. Locally known as "Valpo" – it’s nestled off the coast of central Chile and has some deep, rugged bohemian vibes. It’s historic rise and tragic fall has put quite a strain on the city as it struggles to redefine itself.
Little San Francisco
In 1850 during The California Gold Rush (before the Panama Canal was built) Valpo became a crucial stopping point for all ships making the feverish journey around the South American peninsula. Travelers nicknamed it "Little San Francisco" because of the similar landscapes the two cities shared.
“Serrano street (below) was once THE wealthiest street in all Latin America”
European merchants setup a colorful and exotic marketplace along these streets to capitalize on the return voyagers and their newly found gold/wealth. This meteoric rise put Valpo on the map among the wealthiest in the world.
...today however, we were advised not stick around here after dark.