fell in love with Horcon and could easily see myself living there. Itís
paradise but then isn't any place next to the beach paradise? Speaking
of paradise Horcon was once billed by Chileans as the "Gay Paradise" as
it had such a high number of gay and lesbian people in the community and
this was due to the acceptance factor.
Everyone is allowed to be who they are or who they want to be in Horcon.
an instant feeling of freedom here and you can see in the faces of the
locals as well as those that come to visit.
I want to stress Horcon is very small, weíre talking literally a one road
town. In fact there is one road in and one road out, and it has not
become overrun with tourists. In fact most donít know of its existence
and I have to admit, Iíve lived in Santiago a long time but I had to be
initiated by a friend who took me there. He wanted to show me the beauty
and the simplicity of the place, and it truly was just that, simple beauty.
It was almost
hard to believe that just a few miles up the road were the bright lights
of Vina with the tumbliní dice of the casino and the crowds of tourists
and people wanting to be in the "cool spot". If you get tired of the
glamour and pace of Vina and Valparaiso you can always find real people
a bit rough and thatís due to the small size of the village. It may be
necessary to park aways up the road and walk down the hill that bottoms
out onto the beach. You can try parking in the beachfront parking ďlotĒ
as I did but you may find it pretty cramped and hard to get out when you
decide you want to leave.
outside of San Francisco, the waterfront and piers were all second homes
for me, and being in Horcon reminded of being on Fisherman's Warf. Yes,
place is small in comparison but the character of the place, the narrow
alleys, the run down beach houses and the little boats that lined the shore
like a colorful quilt, all reminded me of the Warf. It has the same feel,
the same look and anyone who has been to the Warf and who goes to Horcon
On page 32
of my free photobook on Chile, which you can download at my website, www.travelogue.uk.tt,
you can see a great photo of the boats that line the shore and it will
give you feel for what this little village is all about.
looking to just get away from it all or just disappear and start your life
over, you can definitely do that here. There are many people that decide
they want to leave the rush of city life in Santiago and many make their
way to Horcon. Once there, most will tell you in a heartbeat that they
have no intention of ever going back to the city.
or make their livings selling handmade wares such as beaded necklaces,
unusual rings and body art but almost all seem to be happy and enjoying
a simple life. If a simple life is what you seek, then Horcon could
be your ticket!
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