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Riding an ascensor in Valparaiso, Chile

This video of riding an ascensor in Valparaiso, Chile, filmed by Emma Field for Overland Traveller, will make you feel as if you were there with us, or at least wish you were...

The UNESCO World Heritage town of Valparaiso sprawls along canyons and spills down mountainsides. In other words, it's steep. In the nineteenth century, the city's burgeoning population built ascensors (elevators or funiculars) to carry them from one elevation to another, thus saving their knees and lungs from collapse. Today only 14 remain. Subsidised by government funds, you can now ride in one for as little as $0.20. Be prepared for a bit of shake, rattle and roll...

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