Finally green landscape!
Trip Start Jan 20, 2012
28Trip End Feb 26, 2012
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We took a city tour which included a visit to the Casas del Bosque winery where we got to sample three of their best wines. Delish! The best part of the tour was our tour guide, she was friendly, knowledgeable and passionate about Chile. She was 52 which made her a young girl in the Pinochet years but she was able to describe what she and her family went through
Valparaiso used to be a major port before the panama canal was built. All ships rounding cape horn used to dock there. Since the canal, the valparaiso economy has had to completely change over, citizens are still feeling the effects, unemployment is about 10% here, and many people had to move away. With the wine industry and tourism from cruises, things are starting to look up.
There was a big earthquake in Conception which is a fair bit south of here (just after the haiti earthquake), but they felt the effects here. We saw some of the older buildings that were damaged.
We had a sail-away party as we left and will have a full sea day tomorrow. I love sea days, they are really relaxing.