Colourful Valparaiso

Sunday, Valparaiso city centre, 2 hours north of Santiago. I have just taken a creaking and groaning rickety wooden funicular up one of Valparaiso's steep hills - saving myself from climbing literally hundreds of concrete stairs to the top. My plan is to wander through the neighbourhood at the top, crossing into the next neighbourhood … Continue reading Colourful Valparaiso

The Imaginative World of Alebrijes

It is said that an alebrije will choose you, rather than you picking it from midst its crowd of companions all carefully displayed; and according to some, they actually represent your spirit guardian. Alebrijes (al-a-BRE-hays) are brightly coloured and painstakingly detailed painted wooden sculptures primarily made in the communities of San Martín Tilcajete and Arrazola, … Continue reading The Imaginative World of Alebrijes