More: Walking tour of Valparaiso

Once you are up in the hills, Valparaiso changes from a gray port area into a very, very colorful city. There is street art almost everywhere you look. Graffiti artists would use anything as their canvas, like this:

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But if you didn’t want your home to look like the above, you would give permission to an artist to use your home as a canvas. And then you might get something like this:

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Or maybe something like this:

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Our guide told us that a theory on why every home was a different color was to help sailors returning home, find their own home.

Perhaps you prefer pastels?

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Or bright orange? art2

Nothing was off-limits, not even the stairs:

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And two of my favorite finds … (piano) stairs and (bubble) windows …

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