The sad demise of Valparaíso’s ascensors

7 05 2011

I’ve visited Valparaíso a couple of times, the last time being in 2008, and I made a day of riding all the ascensors, which are, and increasingly were, cable cars for getting up onto the surrounding hills. I wrote a blog post about them with lots of pictures, like this one of the Ascensor Mariposa:

At the time I only got to ride on 9 of them, and a few weren’t running and were derelict, mothballed or cerrado por reparaciones. But now it seems they have further slipped towards disservice. See this news article: A city of fabled hills battles to save its cable cars.

It’d be a great shame if the cable cars which have been in continuous service for 128 years are shutdown. I hope the good people of Valpo get to ride up their hills for many more hills to come.

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