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Be aware that a day walking in Valparaiso is not for the faint of heart. The hills are steep and many; the steps are the only thing steeper than the hills. There are of course the famous funiculars to take you partway up the hills, however a few steep climbs are unavoidable.

As two females in our late 20’s/ early 30’s both with short hair and neither wearing make-up, we got more than our fair share of strange looks in Santiago (women actually stopped their conversations to look us up and down), however in Valparaiso no one even gave us a second glance. Bliss!

It's incredible when a photo can take you back to a certain feeling. This photo for me, brings back the feeling of being welcomed into a new family. @fromchilliwithlove 's parents, siblings and extended family were so kind to me (@missmoniquethorpe) when we visited last year and this daydrip we took to Cajon del Maipo was the cherry on the cake. It was an incredible day where everyone was happy to be out of the city, out of the smog and not at work! I feel like I have two loving and smiling…

View from our campsite in the Elqui Valley