When my friend Laura spontaneously decided to visit Chile, I went into full planning mode. While I’ve never really loved Valparaíso, the coastal city that gets so many comparisons to San Francisco and yet does not grab my heart in remotely the same way, its location makes it great for a quick trip from Santiago. And knowing Laura’s love of slightly gritty urban environments, it was a perfect destination.
Both of us became mildly obsessed with the graffiti that covers much of Valpo. We stuck to the touristy hills of Cerro Alegre and Cerro Concepción, and the graffiti here is art rather than scribbles. Plus we got lucky with gorgeous sunshine, which really made the colors pop.
My commentary would add nothing to these amazing images, so I’ll shut up and leave you with a little photo essay of Valparaíso’s graffiti.
Ok, I can’t totally shut up. I’m sure you expected nothing less. Look at this one! It’s chess-themed! And the detailing is incredible! I realize that it probably only increases my (already sufficient) nerd status to say that a chess graffiti is my favorite, but the intelligence and artistry behind this work of art really do make me love it.
But here’s my true favorite. Yes, it even beats out my chess friend up there. Because there are puppies. And puppies always win.
Thanks to Laura for all the wonderful photos.