Voyage 7125

Santiago to Ushuaia

 

 

Day 1 - November 14, 2011 - Valparaiso, Chile 

All went well on this glorious sunny day. All guests had arrived by 4pm ready to begin our expedition voyage along the coast of Chile onboard the Silver Explorer. 


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Day 2 - November 15, 2011 - West Coast of Chile, South Pacific Ocean 

This full day continued with the Captain’s Welcome Aboard Cocktail Party and dinner, one of only 2 or 3 times during our voyage where we pull out our more formal suits and dresses to mark a special occasion on board.  


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Day 3 - November 16, 2011 - Niebla, Valdivia, Chile 

I woke up as the Silver Explorer was dropping anchor in the area known as Niebla, which in Spanish translates as fog or mist.  


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Day 4 - November 17, 2011 - Puerto Montt, Chile 

The river’s turquoise water cuts through black rock, and with light rain deepening the colors of the stone and vegetation, it’s hard to describe the beauty.  


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Day 5 - November 18, 2011 - Castro and Chiloé, Southern Chile 

Together with the Expedition Team, I jumped in the Zodiacs to disembark the guests for their tours to a National Park and to the famous wooden churches in the region.  


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Day 6 - November 19, 2011 - Puerto Chacabuco, Chile 

The Silver Explorer took its secret way through the Chilean fjords. We gaped together at many scenic waterfalls, snow covered mountain peaks and narrow passages 


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Day 7 - November 20, 2011 - At sea and English Narrows, Chile 

 This narrow passageway of only about 5 miles in length is one of the most challenging navigational channels in the world with some sections as shallow as a mere 10 meters, and with several twists and turns and islands in between.


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Day 8 - November 21, 2011 -  Pio XI Glacier, Chilean Fjords

Everyone was quite interested in the multitude of colors from bright white to dark blue with some additional turquoise in thin sheets of ice as the sun shines through.  


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Day 9 - November 22, 2011 - West Coast of Chile, South Pacific Ocean 

There in front of the ship were four Sei whales. Very rare is a sighting and certainly the one that we had will be remembered for a very long time.  


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Day 10 - November 23, 2011 - Punta Arenas, Chile 

We walked along a boardwalk to the seashore, where about 50 adults and last year’s chicks swam in the waves, brayed, waddled, and got ready for the long trek inland to their burrows. 


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Day 11 - November 24, 2011 - Garibaldi Glacier, Beagle Canal; Ushuaia 

There was no wind at all and as we turned around the corner of the fjord, we could clearly see the blue face of the Garibaldi Glacier.  


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