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 are praying for rain. The tour of the Pisco distillery was great and gave us an insight into the making of this potent brew - THEN the tasting after was even better! Made a purchase and then we set off to see the city of La Sarena - then 15klms from La Sarena back to the ship. Had stroll of the local Coquimbo area, had
our fill of Empanada and the traditional fried fish sandwich with a fantastic salsa at the fish market - right near the port. Went around the back of the fish market where all the sea lions hang out to be fed by the fisherman - so ugly but so, so cute!