A Plethora of marine life!
Trip Start Jan 04, 2010
18Trip End Mar 23, 2010
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Before coming to Chile we had been warned from multiple sources that Chilean food wasn't anything to write home about. However, we were pleasantly surprised with the quality of our meals in San Pedro and started to think that Chilean cuisine had been unfairly judged by global food snobs. Our theory was that if you stick with the staples, in Chile's case empanadas, it would be a sure bet
The following morning we woke up bright and early to take a tour to Isla Dama - the reason for our stop in La Serena. Our tour operator was Eco Tourism (great company) and our guide was a Swedish born Spanish guy who looked and acted exactly like Shannon's brothers good friend Dusty (see picture below), so we called him "Spanish Dusty" for the rest of the tour.
In this area of the ocean there is what they call a Humboldt current (a cold current) that produces perfect conditions for lots of biodiversity.The tour drove us to a little seaside town where we got into a tiny fishing boat (all 14 of us) and headed out to see some marine-life. The ocean was quite rough with some pretty huge waves so needless to say we were a little nervous (but at least we were wearing lifejackets). After about 15 minutes of riding the waves we came across a school of bottle-nosed dolphins. So fun seeing them jump in and out of the water playing around the boat! A few minutes later we moved closer to an island with even more marine-life...this time sea lions
After another amazing day trip we decided to relax the next day in preparation for our next long bus trip to Mendoza Argentina (wine country at last!). We are a little nervous as it is thirteen hours and we are in regular class, which means less space and seats that don't recline much. Wish us luck!!!