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Some of the birds were relaxing

 

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and others calling out

 

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and some were looking for a nice fat chick

 

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and all too soon it was time to start making our way back to the ship

 

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We also saw some small rodents here under the brush

 

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Have been following all of your outstanding images.  We are doing this cruise in 2020.  It appears that most of your shore excursions were private/small group and not through the ship.  Is this the case?   If you have time please share the companies that you used as we normally don't do ship tours.   Thanks again for these great images.

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27 minutes ago, iflyrc5 said:

Have been following all of your outstanding images.  We are doing this cruise in 2020.  It appears that most of your shore excursions were private/small group and not through the ship.  Is this the case?   If you have time please share the companies that you used as we normally don't do ship tours.   Thanks again for these great images.

 

Thank you.

Yes, we usually use private tours and rarely use ship tours. 

For Puerto Montt and Buenos Aires, we used Toursbylocals.

We joined a small group from CC in Castro and Chacabuco, Top Private Tours. 

We used Solo Expeditions, in Punta Arenas, but it was hardly a "private tour". We can not say we would recommend. This may be a case where you take the ships tour or someone else.

We had booked with Patagonia Explorer, we missed Ushuaia, and they refunded our deposit. We have used them in the past and were happy.

Stanley, we used Estancia Excursions. You book private but you do share with 2 other people. They have a total of 4 per vehicle.

In Puerto Madryn, we used Sentir Patagonia.

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I have thoroughly enjoyed your thread. Your pictures are beautiful and I love reading about your experiences. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful adventure with us!!

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15 hours ago, Shebba said:

I have thoroughly enjoyed your thread. Your pictures are beautiful and I love reading about your experiences. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful adventure with us!!

 

Thank you for coming on the trip with us .

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12 hours ago, cat shepard said:

For the record, I would like to state that. I hate that your trip is nearing the end. I would definitely create a coffee table book with all your amazing pics.

 

Thanks Cat that sounds like a great idea .

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15 hours ago, Shebba said:

I have thoroughly enjoyed your thread. Your pictures are beautiful and I love reading about your experiences. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful adventure with us!!

 

Thank you for your kind words , they are greatly appreciated !

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I will really miss your reports and pictures.  I know I will go through withdrawal after following your trip and viewing in my opinion Best Pictures “Oscar” for cruise ship photograpy.  When I feel I need a fix will just have to reread your posts.  Safe travels home.

Mary

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7 minutes ago, Lido deck main said:

I will really miss your reports and pictures.  I know I will go through withdrawal after following your trip and viewing in my opinion Best Pictures “Oscar” for cruise ship photograpy.  When I feel I need a fix will just have to reread your posts.  Safe travels home.

Mary

 

You are extremely kind and generous with your words Mary . It means a lot to us . 

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On 3/30/2019 at 11:29 AM, scubacruiserx2 said:

 

Thank you.

Yes, we usually use private tours and rarely use ship tours. 

For Puerto Montt and Buenos Aires, we used Toursbylocals.

We joined a small group from CC in Castro and Chacabuco, Top Private Tours. 

We used Solo Expeditions, in Punta Arenas, but it was hardly a "private tour". We can not say we would recommend. This may be a case where you take the ships tour or someone else.

We had booked with Patagonia Explorer, we missed Ushuaia, and they refunded our deposit. We have used them in the past and were happy.

Stanley, we used Estancia Excursions. You book private but you do share with 2 other people. They have a total of 4 per vehicle.

In Puerto Madryn, we used Sentir Patagonia.

Thank you so much.  I have really enjoyed your excellent images and I hope that we see some of the same wild life on our trip in 2020.  Be Well!

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2 hours ago, iflyrc5 said:

Thank you so much.  I have really enjoyed your excellent images and I hope that we see some of the same wild life on our trip in 2020.  Be Well!

 

You're welcome . We do hope that you have a great trip .

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Soup before broth

 

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The sunset before Montevideo

 

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We received several pieces of information :

 

After almost 3 weeks we could pick up our passports .

 

We learned the name of the hotel that HAL booked for us as part of the Signature Experience Package . We were given 2 nights in the hotel and the tour and transfers by HAL after we booked the Neptune Suite 

 

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We received this letter from the Captain before arriving in Buenos Aires

 

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We still remembered Montevideo from our previous trip there in 2013 . We would like to share some memories from that trip before we share our most recent trip .

 

In Montevideo we found our friend from Ushuaia , the ADIA cara had already docked

 

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We had decided to DIY in Montevideo with our friends Daniel and Sarah. We were greeted by some people on quay offering a free ride to a leather factory located at Plaza Independencia which is where we began our walking tour. This is approximately the route that we walked

 

 

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After leaving the shop , we saw this statue of Artigas "the father of Uruguayan nationhood"

 

 

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At the end of the square is this beautiful building , Palacio Salvo

 

 

 

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Our next stop was at the Plaza Constitution where a flea market was being set up. They had some interesting antiques with good prices , but we were very limited weight in the amount of weight that we could carry on the upcoming flights.

 

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As we walked a little farther down the Sarandi pedestrian mall we saw a lot of excitement going on. I couldn't resist videoing this happy couple's big moment !!

 

 

 

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Many of the shops on the street that we walked by , and went into , had a distinctly European feel. Except for all of the Coke signs that we saw everywhere !

 

 

 

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And a solo Pepsi sign at the Beatles BAR

 

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We wandered into the Estancia del Puerto at 11:30 am , and the place was empty

 

 

 

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And found what we really wanted - Asado on the Parrilla !!

 

 

 

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The grilling process is better appreciated in this video clip :

 

 

 

 

We found a table and ordered drinks , steak and chorizo . We were enjoying our drinks and our friend's company when we noticed that the place was filling up - Fast . Soon , our lunch arrived and the smell was incredible !! After tasting we realized that we had found meat heaven . It was more than just a lunch. It is the Quintessential dining experience of South America.

 

 

As you can see in this video - We were not alone !

 

 

 

Before we knew it , it was time to re board the Zaandam. And set sail for Buenos Aires .

 

 

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That was our visit in 2013 and this is our visit from 2019 .

We had a beautiful but limited view sunrise coming into Montevideo

 

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The top deck for the big picture 

 

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A lot of ship traffic

 

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Following the Sun

 

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