- Valparaisco, Chile; Arica, Chile; Lima, Peru; Manta, Ecuador; cruising the Panama Canal; Aruba; ending in Fort Lauderdale, FL
First stop on this adventure - Santiago, Chile. The first photo, far left - is the view from our hotel. Next to it is the view from the sky lift that we took. We took a tour that took us to the old and new, business and residential sides of Santiago, Chile.
The following day it was time to be picked up and head to our port to catch the ship. We chose a tour that took us to the port which included this Vina Indomita vineyard while in route. From there it was on to Valparaisco, Chile and Vina Del Mar, Chile, neighboring cities.
First stop while cruising - Arica, Chile. What a unique place. After using the internet we headed to the tourism place. From there we got a taxi and headed to the El Morro which is on a big hill where a museum from the Chile/Peru/Bolvia war is. Also there is a Christ Statue. This area is very brown and like a desert. The taxi also drove us through the Arapa Valley to a museum that houses unearthed mummies. Arica is known for their many Alpacas and sold clothes made from their fur. They also have rows and rows of Olive Trees.
On the left you can see the small town of Arica while on the right is a great shot from town looking up into El Morro (the hill)
A highlight at this stop where the geoglyphs on the hillsides. These were made 500 years ago from very large rocks. The far left photo shows Bob and I with the geoglyphs behind us. This entire tour ( 2 1/2 hours) cost $20 and was well worth every penny we paid for it. My only regret was not buying some of the Alpaca clothing made in Arica. Back home they sale for a huge price.
Next stop, Lima, Peru. We decided on a ship tour called Lima highlights for $30 pp. Very boring. The port area was very poor. We did see the Palace and some pyramids that were very old. Also went to an Indian market which was fairly cheap.
We had a snack at Tony Roma's (in Mira Flores) overlooking the ocean cliffside which was beautiful. Lima definitely has a nice side but you have to find it. As we prepared to leave the port - we got a view of a beautiful sunset with all the birds flying around.
Also on the tour we visited a ceramics factory (photo on left). Next was a button factory. The buttons were made from a Tagua Nut and was very interesting. Back in Manta we visited a Kids Museum were we saw displays of the Indians from the past. Very good tour.
Last stop before heading to Florida to fly home is one of our favorite places - Aruba. Here is a photo of me with the waves crashing in the background. Also a photo of baby beach. Great snorkeling and beautiful water.