This is one of those posts we meant to do awhile back, but never had the chance! So, take a step back in time with me to our right after Patagonia when we spent a few days exploring the town of Valparaiso, Chile. It’s a nice enough town with a port, some artists, a bunch of street art and lots of little winding streets going up and around the 7 hills making up the city. The things that really stood out making Valparaiso unique, though, were the funiculars!
A funicular is essentially a cable car that runs on a track underneath rather than hanging from a cable. Valparaiso, being all hills, built about 15 of them back in the late 1800’s-early 1900’s to help folks get up and down the hills. Amazingly, six or so are still running today! Talk about your engineering marvels! I made sure that Anner went with me on every one. They only cost 100 or 300 pesos per ride, about 15-50 cents, and took less than half a minute. I loved them! Just a wonderful throwback to yesteryear.
I took videos of each ride and we strung some of them together in a video here. It’s a few minutes long, so feel free to skip around. In the last minute you can get a sense of the inside of the cars and some of the machinery running them, if that’s interesting to you. It sure was to us!