The 16th day of our tour was among the busiest. We visited the fascinating coastal cities of Viña del Mar and Valparaíso, then did a laughter yoga session at a new arts center.
We awoke to the amazing view from Tosha's apartment.
This is Tosha's Mezuzah on her apartment doorpost.
Before we left the resort, we visited Tosha's other apartment, which she uses as a rental. Here I am on that deck.
It was a bit foggy but we got a nice view of the coast in Viña del Mar. This name is Spanish for "Vineyard of the Sea." It is also known locally as La Ciudad Jardín, Spanish for: "The Garden City."
This condo by the shore is a prime example of how the buildings are stacked up along the hillside for maximum views of the ocean.
Along the coast between Viña del Mar and Valparaíso, the buildings are stacked up along the cliff overlooking the sea.
Now we are in Valparaíso, which is Spanish for "Paradise Valley." It is one of Chile's most important seaports and an increasingly vital cultural center in the hemisphere's Pacific Southwest.
Nicknamed “The Jewel of the Pacific”, Valparaíso was declared a world heritage site based upon its improvised urban design and unique architecture. In 1996, the World Monuments Fund declared Valparaíso’s unusual system of funicular elevators (highly-inclined cable cars) one of the world’s 100 most endangered historical treasures. In 1998, grassroots activists convinced the Chilean government and local authorities to apply for UNESCO world heritage status for Valparaíso. Valparaíso was declared a World Heritage Site in 2003, thanks to its historical importance, natural beauty (large number of hills surrounding a picturesque harbour), and unique architecture (particularly, a mix of 19th century styles of housing). Built upon dozens of steep hillsides overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Valparaíso boasts a labyrinth of streets and cobblestone alleyways, embodying a rich architectural and cultural legacy. Valparaíso is protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Graffiti is legal here and there are some truly wonderful works of art on walls and buildings throughout the city.
Finally, we arrived at the art center where we would be doing a laughter yoga session that evening. Here is Tosha with one of the arts center directors, Hemena. The two of them at "met" on Facebook and set up this whole event and were now just meeting for the first time.
This is the entrance of the arts center. The "incomplete" look of the walls is intentional and it is a really groovy look.
Here is another one of his paintings. We could not help but notice that the main figure bears a striking resemblance to Obama.
We left Tosha at the arts center to help get set up for the evening's event. William, Pamela and I went walking around
We rode one of the famous "funicular" elevators that makes the town so unique. Here is the wheel that runs it.
This is the sign posted outside of the arts center about the session we would be leading that night.
After dinner, we drove back to Tosha's beach apartment so we'd be ready to tour a winery in the area the next day.