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Coquimbo/La Serena, Chile

Thursday, 5 March 2015

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The ship arrived at our destination right on schedule after an overnight dash up the coast. The sky was overcast and a combination of mist, smog and dust made for a somewhat dismal scene. A pair of folk dancers and loud music on the wharf didn't do much to lift the atmosphere. Our shore excursion was arranged with little delay and we set off on a four hour City Tour.

Our first destination was the area of La Serena where the crowning jewel is a lighthouse which marks the end of a very long beach and summer playground. During the drive to our next stop I noticed the tsunami warning signs along the road. With the expanse of open water and the low lying area behind the beach this warning would not be taken lightly. We arrived at the Archaeological Museum and discovered that every shore excursion was visiting the same place at almost the same time.

With the coach securely parked in a rare space our guide wisely offered to take us to the next stop the La Recova Market on foot. With just two blocks to walk it wasn't a problem and the coach driver would have found it difficult to find another parking space. The markets were stocked with every imaginable tourist souvenirs from trinkets carved from stone to beautiful alpaca wool knitted sweaters. Prices appeared to be very cheap for the quality of the product for sale. Fortunately our luggage limits for the flight back home precluded any purchases.

Our next and final stop was the observation point at La Serena University. I'm amazed that the coach driver managed to find his way into the carpark without swapping pain with the other vehicles. The vantage point was perfect for an overview of the entire area but the persistent haze dimmed the scene.

Back to the ship and some lunch and we found that the atmosphere had cleared considerably, I managed to capture some fairly clear images of the Third Millennium Cross and the adjacent hills. We remained on deck for a while to read and after I'd nodded off a few times decided to head back to the cabin where we both dozed until it was time for diner. The lamb shank was huge and the 'sugar free' dessert was certainly interesting.
After diner we enjoyed the singing of vocalist Andrew Geater who sang in a very clear voice and covered a number of artists and musicals. His final song was one by Elvis that neither Jenny or I had heard of, it was beautiful.

The clock goes back an hour tonight and we have three sea days ahead as we sail North Westerly to San Martin (Pisco), Peru

If you want to look at what I've been up to you can view my latest photo by following this link to the image for Today

Wishing you good health and safe travel.
Have a great day and stay well.
Cheers .. Tony

Posted by greynomadm 17:24 Archived in Peru

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