“I love Chile” website mourns Valparaiso’s disappearing hillside conveyances, “ascensores”

Ascensores

“I Love Chile,” part of an English-Spanish media conglomerate dedicated to all things Chile, recently published on its website a column by German correspondent Carolin Dudda about Valparaiso’s disappearing¬†ascensores, also known as funiculars or cliff railways. Reflecting the colorful and eclectic 19th and 20th-century architecture that surrounds them, the lifts have been used for more than 130 years to carry residents to their hillside homes. Today the few remaining — five out an an original 31 — are mostly used by tourists. Dudda recommends going to ride one as soon as possible, before they all fall victim to disrepair and changing times.

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