A cat on a door in Valparaiso
Valparaiso, Chile is one of the most striking places I have ever visited and the street art is among the best I have ever seen. Every corner you turn brings another mural, and the artists don’t see traditional walls as their limits. I’ve honestly never seen anything like it, and even after spending three days walking through the pasajes and trying to see as much as possible, I feel like I’ve only scratched the surface.
Unfortunately I didn’t have a chance to learn that much about the artists themselves as I didn’t take any kind of tour, but if anybody has any information about the artists who painted the work in the gallery I’d love to hear about it.
The full bus schedule from Arequipa to Tacna, Peru. Current as of April 2013
Due to a blockade between Copacabana, Bolivia and La Paz, I changed my planned route from going through Puno to Bolivia to going through northern Chile from Arequipa. It turned out to be a very straightforward and actually enjoyable border crossing (at least with a US passport). Northern Chile was not initially on my itinerary, but I’m glad I got to see at least a small slice of the beautiful desert beaches before heading back to the Andes.
The first step was to take a bus from Arequipa down to Tacna. I chose to go with Flores based on some recommendations from other travelers and the modest price of 25 soles, but there are many other companies that run the same route. The full schedule is posted on the left. I had no trouble getting a ticket for the 6:15 bus on a Friday morning about 15 minutes in advance.