This past weekend we went to Valparaiso, about and hour and a half north of Santiago. Before the construction of the Panama Canal, this city was the most important South/Central American port and every boat crossing the Americas had to go through it. It is still a very major shipping port.After visiting a technical girls school we had a traditional Valpo lunch, Chorillana and some of the famous Cerveza del Puerto. Chorrillana is french fries, cheese, and meat, served on a heaping plate that is shared between three or four people, with a very excessive amount of grease.
Then, while the real bands started setting up a clown performed, involving many of the little kids sitting under our outdoor circus tent. You could see the ocean at the bottom of the Cero (hill) in the background.