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... the poet, who was the first Latin American to win the Nobel Prize for Literature (in 1945). On the way back to La Serena stopped by Chile's only industrialised papaya plantation. Took us a while to find somewhere for food in town as most places were closed. When finished got bags from hostel and headed down to bus station to get bus to Calama. Bus a bit late but finally arrived, played some cards, lost at Old Maid and then settled down ...
... to La Serena was eight hours non stop along one straight road, highway five. We saw nothing along the way except the sea to our left and the Andes to our right. Chile only has a population of 17 million but the country is massive - about 2,600 miles long but only 110 miles wide to the border with Argentina, so this explains the lack of towns. We didn't have too high an expectation about La Serena, our plan was to head north to get to Pisco Elqui for Dans birthday and ...
... Humbolt Penguins, Dolphins, Whales and Islands. Alot of possibility to do.
Very nice one day tour along the Valley. A lot of wineries and Pisco factories. Where the constitution of Chile cooked (as the guide explains). :)
Beautiful scenery along the way. Mountains.
GABRIELA MISTRAL (Museum and house)
Gabriela Mistral is the first chilean who get Nobel Prize in 1945. ...
... to allow passengers on and off and once, of course, for the driver to run into a petrol station for cigarettes and sweets.
Reaching the beach, we are not disappointed. It is, as promised, a beach. A spit of sand sticking into the sea, curving round as to create two distinct bays. The beach itself is very busy, both with tourists (though very few gringos) and with people selling food, drinks and souvenirs.
... for bed, and used up my final Internet package minutes. Read, then bed at 12:44 a.m. as we sail the last leg to Valparaiso.
This cruise was a mixed bag. I had some great experiences (especially the Panama Canal) but suffered from severe fatigue that confined me to bed for a good part of the days at sea. I’ve also been lonely taking this cruise by myself. I didn’t meet any folks to hang out with on this voyage as I did on my two previous ...