Voyage 7020

Puerto Caldera to Santiago (Valparaiso)

 

 

Day 1 - October 13, 2010 - Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica

It is always very exciting to sail away; to me it translates into a sense of freedom and tingly anticipation about the adventures to come.


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Day 2 - October 14, 2010 - Golfo Dulce

We followed Carol into the rainforest to see and learn about the animals they take care of, accompanied by two very sweet spider monkeys called Sweetie and Winkie.


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Day 3 - October 15, 2010 - Isla de Coiba & Granito de Oro

This was going to be our own personal beach haven for the entire day.


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Day 4 - October 16, 2010 - At Sea

Out on deck, the Expedition Team had prepared an Equator Crossing Ceremony for our guests. Dressed up as Neptune, his wife, his child, a mermaid and pirates, the Expedition Team “prepared” the pollywogs (guests who had never crossed the Equator) to enter the realm of Neptune.


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Day 5 - October 17, 2010 - Isla de la Plata, Ecuador

During our various hikes, guests were able to see blue-footed boobies, magnificent frigate birds, collared warbling-finch and the endemic short-tailed woodstar


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Day 6 - October 18, 2010 - Guayaquil, Ecuador

A traditional dance troop performed for us on the hacienda’s patio, the teenage girls wearing long sweeping dresses and the men gaucho outfits with cowboy hats and boots.


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Day 7 - October 19, 2010 - En route to Salavery / Peru

The many fish also attract marine mammals, and indeed – already at breakfast time - quite a large number of Common Dolphins was spotted all around our vessel along with some huge South American Sea Lion bulls. Large groups of Peruvian and Blue-footed Boobies were accompanying an even larger school of a Short-beaked Common Dolphins, shooting down like fighter jets into a sea that was literally boiling with fish and dolphins.


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Day 8 - October 20, 2010 - Salaverry, Peru

During our meal, we witnessed a performance featuring the Peruvian paso horse – with some award-winning purebred horses – followed by a Marinera dance show.


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Day 9 - October 21, 2010 - At sea, Callao

This was, once again, a birders paradise: Peruvian Pelicans, Band-tailed Gulls, Grey Gulls, Kelp Gulls, Neotropic Cormorants, Guanay Cormorants and the beautiful Inka terns were everywhere and tried to get some fish for dinner.


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Day 10 - October 22, 2010 - Callao, Peru

Our tour was going to include the highlights of Lima, including some places that are actually included on UNESCO's "World Heritage" list.


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Day 11 - October 23, 2010 - Paracas, Peru

In an extended walk through the different parts of the ruins, our guests got an impression of the freshness of wall colours and the clean architectural lines implemented by the Inka people.


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Day 12 - October 24, 2010 - Claire Allum, Archaeologist/Anthropologist

Chris Srigley announced a pod of sperm whales ahead. It was a spectacular sight as the huge creatures broke the ocean surface puffing out air and spray.


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Day 13 - October 25, 2010 - Arica, Chile

Chilean flamingos, giant coots, silvery grebes, puna teal and puna ibis and Andean gulls to name a few filled the water’s edge in front of us while the scenery stopped us in our tracks.


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Day 14 - October 26, 2010 - Iquique, Chile

Iquique is a port seldom featured on cruise itineraries, an urban oasis full of charm, surrounded by the arid and barren Atacama Desert.


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Day 15 - October 27, 2010 - Antofagasta, Chile

Antofagasta remains a lesser-known travel gem since to many travelers it is simply a gateway to the Atacama Desert.


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Day 16 - October 28, 2010 - Isla Pan De Azucar

On the shoreline was a Marine Otter chewing away his fresh catch of a crab. For all of us this was our first view ever of this reclusive species.


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Day 17 - October 29, 2010 - Coquimbo

The Archeological Museum, with its collection of Diaguita and Molle cultural artefacts, even has an original Moai from Easter Island!

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Day 18 - October 30, 2010 - Valparaiso

There were some emotional good byes with everyone. We had seen some wonderful archaeological sites together.


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