A couple days ago we finally hit a port that I am familiar and comfortable with. Unfortunately after I had stopped there on my previous South American contract, most of my photos had been deleted due to a most inconvenient hard drive crash. People who have traveled this itinerary before may not believe it, but this had been one of my favorite ports. I am proud to report after having a fantastic reunion with Puerto Montt, I am still a huge fan.
I went out with a couple friends, leaving Rob aboard to fulfill his obligatory duties. Our girls only day consisted mainly of wandering through craft stalls, the local market, and taking up a local on her offer of a super affordable boat ride around the inlet. The little ramshackle boat barely chugged its way through the water, but beneath the roar of the overworked motor, our trip provided extremely beautiful views of a peaceful town set back away from the commotion of the bustling downtown area. We even had the privilege of circling a large buoy topped with a momma and two baby sea lions basking in the warm sun.
Some may say that this Chilean port has little to offer, but I highly disagree, as I always enjoy my time ashore there. We even allowed time to reach the mall to indulge in a little taste of home. I am so tired of ship food – thank goodness for the rare Pizza Hut meal!
Puerto Chacabuco is a little bit different. We tendered in yesterday morning under the overwhelming stature of the surrounding snow-capped Andes, the bases shaded green by an abundance of foliage. From the ship even, it’s apparent that the local town does not have much to offer to the average cruise ship guest. The sun was on our side, providing welcomed warmth and adding vibrancy to the intense blue and green hues that encircled us as we wandered through the local streets that mainly offered houses. No stores or schools offered their whereabouts, leaving us to entertain ourselves just by talking a walk.
The six of us turned around after a bit to seek free wifi from the hotel, which seems extremely out of place among the slightly rickety neighborhoods. Without connection success, we returned with having experienced nothing more than gorgeous views, good conversation, and some slight exercise under our belts.
I would also like to point out that as I write this from the top observation deck of our ship, I just witnessed about five whales come up for air, one just yards from the starboard side of the ship – truly magical!