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Cruising to Antarctica and South America with many photos

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  • scubacruiserx2
  • August 21, 2005
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When we were all assembled we set out for a ride to the Parque Nacional Chiloe where we would be walking the Sendero El Tepua trail through the lowland rain forest.

 

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There is a number of wooden walkways , but some were not in great shape .

 

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A little later it became more dense

 

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In fact , one of our group fell and needed to return to the bus .

 

 

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5 minutes ago, Krazy Kruizers said:

Your pictures are so clear and beautiful.

 

I can see that some of those wooden walk ways are in bad shape.

 

Hope that person who fell is alright.

 

 

 

They were fine but tired of the long walk on uneven surfaces .

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Superb pic of the thrush and flowers.

 

Love the pic of DW peeking around the tree. That one should be framed and on display.

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31 minutes ago, cat shepard said:

Superb pic of the thrush and flowers.

 

Love the pic of DW peeking around the tree. That one should be framed and on display.

 

Thank you , that's usually a flattering angle for photos but it also helps to have a pretty wife like Pat to photograph . :classic_wink:

 

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You do have a beautiful wife!! Great pics of the rainforest, especially the bird!!  I think the only rain forest I have been to is in San Juan, which was amazing.  Again, the lunch looked yummy.   

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1 hour ago, nutensteve said:

Your pictures are fantastic .... thank you for taking us along. 😊

 

Thanks and we're glad that you could come along .

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1 hour ago, Walt fan said:

You do have a beautiful wife!! Great pics of the rainforest, especially the bird!!  I think the only rain forest I have been to is in San Juan, which was amazing.  Again, the lunch looked yummy.   

 

This was our second visit here and both of the meals were delicious . Do you care to see another meal ?

 

 

In the description of our tour on the internet it lists a "picnic lunch" as part of the tour. It would be next on the agenda. When I hear the expression "picnic lunch" it conjures up a certain vision in my brain. That of sandwiches being eaten, while sitting on a blanket on the ground at the park , complete with ants running around. Our guide told us that that we would be stopping at a friend's house instead. It was cool and beginning to rain so it seemed like a good idea. The "picnic" was carefully and expertly prepared using home grown, ingredients. Salad , salsa , potatoes , homemade empanadas and desert comprised the picnic , now turned feast.

 

 

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The potatoes were unlike any that I have seen or eaten before. It was if I had never tasted a potato before.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Potatoes_of_Chilo%C3%A9

 

There was a homemade drink made of apple and Chilean Rubarb that was delicious . There were several different types of empanadas. Some had homemade goat cheese that I really liked. I saw my wife's eyes light up when she found out that some contained razor clams - a taste that she had acquired on our previous trip to Chile. Feeling stuffed , it was time for desert .

 

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We had been seated under a large covered porch and next to where I was seated stood this strange tree. I asked the guide what the tree was called and he said " Chilean pine". I found out later that it is also called Araucaria or "monkey puzzle tree".

 

 

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Although I must admit that I'm puzzled why it is called this. Finally , I would like to thank my wife for allowing me to use her photos of the food.

 

 

 

 

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Our last photo stop would be to see the colorful Palafitos in Castro one with a sailboat in front of it 

 

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Colorful mural

 

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The Zaandam

 

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Castro

 

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Iglesia de San Francisco

 

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On the way back to port we saw another monkey puzzle tree 

 

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Saying good bye to our guides

 

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We couldn't believe how close this guy got to the ship

 

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It was sunny and nice as we left Castro

 

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We saw a number of mussel farms along the way

 

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Some of the farms were guarded by a seal team

 

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In the distance loomed a mountain range

 

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With this good looking volcano - Corcavado

 

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Almost sunset

 

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The evening's dinner menu

 

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The next day :

 

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Dinner is served (in our cabin )

 

Chicken Gumbo Soup

 

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Salmon

 

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Yankee Pot Roast

 

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This was our 3rd cruise to South America but our first balcony . With the easy access to the outdoors we could see and photograph a lot things that we may have missed before . Thus we ate a lot of meals in our cabin  .

 

An Albatross looking for dinner

 

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Your last port stop looks so amazing; a lot of color every where.  That cemetery was really unique.  Did you have a private tour with your guides?  

 

I love my balconies.

 

Looking forward to more to add to my weekend list of things to do!

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30 minutes ago, Walt fan said:

Your last port stop looks so amazing; a lot of color every where.  That cemetery was really unique.  Did you have a private tour with your guides?  

 

I love my balconies.

 

Looking forward to more to add to my weekend list of things to do!

 

There were many bright colors like in the Caribbean and we had good light . A group of about 10 people from CC went together on the next 2 tours with Top Private Tours . 

 

We really liked our balcony . It was so nice to have food and a private bathroom only a couple of steps away .

 

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Puerto Chacabuco sits in a pretty area , but there's not much to do there

 

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And so we found ourselves on a road trip with the group from the previous day . The first stop was the Virgin Falls

 

 

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Here's a video clip :

 

 

 

As you can see and hear - it was quite windy .

 

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What are the rectangular objects in your last photo?

 

They appear to be aqua colored, but that could be a reflection of the sky.

 

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