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South America » Chile » Coquimbo Region » Coquimbo March 5th 2015

Docked early and our private tour we booked from home was for 9.30a.m. so a leisurely breaky and off we go again. Nicholas was our guide - a local boy in his final year of mechanical engineering - being a tour guide part time - very nice guy and we had a great day! We had wanted to get out in the Elqui Valley - to see a Pisco distillery and the countryside - the mountains around are just so bare and desert like and then you have this very fertile valley growing a lot of grapes, veges and and array of fruits as well as peaches and oranges. The valley is watered by a huge dam backed up halfway along the valley but the water catchment to this area has been very little and they ... read more
COUNTRY TOWN OF PIQUENA
PISCO DISTILLERY
PISCO DISTILLERY


Supposed to dock at 5.30a.m. but ended up getting the ship on port around 8.00a.m., broken crane had to be removed/repaired - docked in working port - bused to port terminal around 2 miles. Been here around 2006 when we went to Santiago the first time. Very cute place - with all the unique houses scaling the surrounding hills, from the ship you can see numerous fununculars. Teamed up with 5 other couples, three from the world cruise 2012, and off we headed for a fun day. Very lucky we are with Carlos - Spanish/Chinese decent - living in San Fran - knows the lingo - so caught the local bus up to the plaza - first stop a pharmacy so people could stock up on prescription drugs etc - then took a walk through the ... read more
MANY, MANY MURALS
SO MANY CUTE RESTAURANTS AND BARS
WALKING UP ONE OF THE HILLS

South America » Chile February 28th 2015

This town is perched just 26 miles off the Strait of Magellan, it can't claim Incas as part of its history, just gold, sheep and little penguins. Had to tender in as the port is not deep enough for our ship to dock - were not in any hurry as decided we would just walk around town and soak up the atmosphere - there's definitely a difference between Argentina and Chile with language - everyone in Chile tries to speak English. This is probably one of the last untouched landscapes on the planet - it teams with wildlife. Lots of tourists around town from all over the world - John badly needed a haircut - ticked! Hairdresser wanted to know here we were from - Australia - "Oh Crocadilly Dundee" - a very nice guy! Tried ... read more
MAIN SQUARE
CHURROS COUNTRY
THE BARBER


Brrrr!!! 6 degrees here today. Thanks to everyone who sent birthday wishes on Facebook and by email - I felt very special hearing from everyone and had a great day exploring the area of Ushuaia.Fine day here apparently, weatherise, it is known to blow gales here but not windy at all. It is known as the "Siberia of Argentina" - very remote but beautiful! Once a penal colony now a thriving travel gem with a population of 70,000. Got a private guide just John and I and he took as out to the "End of the World Highway" the termination of the Pan American Highway - you will see it is 17, 848 kilometres from Alaska to this point - Marky! it's a long way - but its on the bucket list! The trip took us ... read more
RUBY PRINCESS
CROWN GRILL
DINNER CROWN GRILL

South America » Argentina » Tierra del Fuego February 25th 2015

STANLEY TO CAPE HORN After we posted last night, going out of Stanley in Bluff Cove there were literally thousands of penguins - what a sight! As soon as we got outside the bay from Stanley the weather overnight has changed - lots of rain and high seas - boat rocked all night - this morning went out on deck and nearly got blown over (I know that is hard to believe for us little buddhas) - very wild and woolly! Winds 50-65 knots, South Westerly - 5 degrees! Great day for watching movies! Commodore on ship is taking a longer route closer to land to try and save us from the high swells and slowing down a bit too! Had dinner with a couple last night and they told us their friends were held up ... read more
FALKLANDS
CAPE HORN
CAPE HORN

South America » Falkland Islands February 25th 2015

Getting colder now! Layered up today, max 12 degrees. Docked out in the Bay 8.00a.m. and use tenders to get to shore. Population of the Falklands is 2650 of 2115 live in Stanley. 60 different nationalities live here, 54 percent born here, 25% British heritage. What a remote place to live - it is 261 miles off the coast of Argentina and the Falklands is made up of over 200 isles and islets - been warned there are 1000's of land mines still around the district. What an isolated, desolate place - not a tree in site - except for the odd one in peoples yards - windy and cold!! Why would they want to have a war over this place??!! So recently too - 1982. Angels are travelling again!! Sun out now and again as ... read more
LOOKING FROM THE PORT
WHALEBONE DISPLAY
AT THE FRONT DOOR

South America » Uruguay » District of Montevideo » Montevideo February 22nd 2015

What an exceptional day we have had! This place is so lovely! Docked at 9,00a.m. our guide Fabian was waiting for us at the port, we had booked with him before we left Australia, private tour just the two of us, tour included the old city, to a boutique winery, the newer city, beaches and back to the port market which is full of BBQ places. Uruguayans very proud of their country, 3.4 million people and 1.4 of them in Montevideo , Fabian born and bred in Uruguay but Italian descent, 90 percent of Uruguay is Italian and Spanish, such lovely people. First to the old city, all the sites and then Fabian took us to the local market, which I love going to these sort of places where the locals shop, bought some wine, had ... read more
OLD CITY
OLD CITY
LOCAL MARKET

South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires » Buenos Aires February 21st 2015

Docked 8.00a.m. in Buenos Aires - in a working port - so had to be bused to the cruise terminal from our ship. Warned in advance of the increased muggings, petty crime, taxi scams and snatch and grab thieves in recent times in this city, dress down, no jewellery, don't use outside ATMs etc etc We thought we would just re acquaint ourselves with this beautiful city as its about 12 years since we were here last. Decided to do the Hop on Hop off bus - as you can get off when you want and get back on - though we still did walk around 11kms. There are just hundreds of gorgeous buildings, sculptures, parks and rec areas - its no wonder it is called the "Paris of South America" - it would have to ... read more
CITY TOUR
CITY TOUR
CITY TOUR

South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Rio de Janeiro » Copacabana February 16th 2015

Beautiful sunrise as we entered the harbour of Rio, Sugar Loaf and Christ the Redeemer hit you in the face, a spectacular site from the water, Christ the Redeemer just sitting above the cloud, like it is floating! Breaky early and head out into the thousands for the last day of carnivale, 3 street parties to go to!! First one on Ipanema Beachfront, fantastic costumes and music and dancing, then onto a more suburban one, could hardy move! Last one was the best - Brazilians sure know how to party - doesn't matter how big! - those bodies just shake and dance! Millions of litres of beer consumed in Rio today!! Then headed out to Copacabana beach for dinner at a Churasscaria restaurant, absolutely stuffed full of lovely meats bought to our table and carved in ... read more
STREET PARTY
GREAT DANCERS AND COSTUMES
IPANEMA BEACH STREET PARTY

South America » Brazil » São Paulo » Santos February 16th 2015

What a sight coming into Santos at 6.30 this morning, highrise as long as the eye could see! It took an hour and a half to come in the river, there is 50miles of port, the largest port in South America. Walked from the port to the old town about 4kms - very dodgy - seedy areas, unsmiling faces and falling down buildings etc etc probably the most apprehensive we have felt but walked into the old town with 6 others - so felt a little safer with numbers! The grand old buildings of the past are just gorgeous, the coffee museum, just beautiful - and boy was the coffee good too! Coffee and oranges are the largest exports from here, but Brazil is the largest beef exporter in the world. Pele (the soccer player) is ... read more
LUNCH ON THE RUN SANTOS
HALF WAY UP MONTE SERRAT
VIEW OVER SANTOS




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