Late in the night the Beagle & Adventure came to an anchor.
Valparaíso is too well known to require any detailed account, suffice is to say it is in a flourishing state. The bay is large, between two and three miles wide, has a fort on each side, but IS very open and exposed to different winds which blow very heavily occasionally. The town extends FROM one extremity of the bay to the other, is built on a very uneven or broken site. Great numbers of the houses are built on the tops or first hills. The Almendral, situated on the upper part of the bay, WHICH is much wider and more level. Houses are mostly very low, and built with a sort of mud brick, which is most adapted in a country where earthquakes are so frequent. There is but one building worthy of notice, viz. the custom-house, which is well built, large, and commodious, has a tower and clock, the two latter built etc. subsequent to our first arrival.