Sunday, April 8, 2018

Arica Dec. 5 2017

Our first stop in Arica was the plaza to see San Marcos Church.This church was made by Eiffel and was brought to Arica and assembled.It was made with steel and cast iron and was painted with paint.The only part of the church that was made of wood is the door.

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Our next stop on our tour was to El Morro. El Morro is dedicated the men who fought during the Battle of the Pacific.On top of the rock you have views of the city.

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Our next stop Laucho Beach and Anzota Caves where the Chinchrro lived.The is a beautiful place with a paved sidewalk all the way to caves.I stopped before we got to the caves.

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Lots of lizards on the rocks.

On the way to the Lluta Valley we stopped at a small village where artisans were making and selling their crafts.

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We ventured into the desert where they grow olives,tomatoes and fruits.All the vegetables and fruits were under cover in this very dry desert.

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Olive trees

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Along the way we stopped at a hummingbird Sanctuary.

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    13 miles N.E. of Arica in the Azapa Valley are La Tropilla geogylphs. There are several around the area.This is one of the largest.

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Going down to the valley and back to ship’

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When we got back to the ship their were dancers and muscians in costume outside performing

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Beautiful costumes

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Dec. 3 2017 Pisco Peru


Our next port was Pisco home of the Pisco Sour.This area is noted for it’s grape brandy or pisco sour.

We went to the Isla Ballestas which is a large marine reserve designated a Unesco World Heritage Site.

Then we were taken to the  marina area which is home to hundreds of fishing boats.We boarded speed boats and

were taken to the reserve where we saw cormorants,sea lions,blue footed booties,blackbirds and and a few penquins.

What a fun and beautiful place.

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There was lots of Guano out on the rocks that the birds left.Once a year a company goes out and harvests the Guano and it is made into fertilizer. There were several buildings where the workers stayed during this time.

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We got back to town and searched for a place to each lunch.Our friends had fresh bass and we had the calamari.Delicious!

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Peru is !0% desert,30% mountains(Andes) and 60% jungle.We proceeded to Parcas Ntl. Reserve.We went along the beach and saw lots of

rock formations including one that is called the cathedral.Many of these formations change over time with wind and rain.In 2007 Peru

had a huge earthquake and this is what the cathedral looks like now.

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We enjoyed Pisco and all the sea animals. Next stop will be Arica Chile.

Friday, December 8, 2017

DEC 8 2017 SAN ANTONIA, CHILE

Our port of call was changed due to conflicts in Valprisio.This was to be the end of one trip for people and also the beginning. Many people were upset because they had reservations in Valprisio or Santiago.I don’t blame them as we were looking forward to seeing Valprisio.It was also a national holiday and the main roads were closed.We walked into town and there wasn’t anything to see so went back to ship.

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Some of the fishing boats.

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There was a folkloric preforming on our way back to the ship.We stopped and watched them for awhile.

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This end the 1st leg of this cruise but before I go on I’ll show you some pictures on the ship.

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Sam on balcony

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Stage in front on a backstage tour

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Showing some of the costumes.

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The casino

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Dining in Quisen

Samples of food in Quise

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sushi

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