Puerto Eden and Glacier Pio XI

Trip Start Dec 14, 2007
Trip End Nov 04, 2008

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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Plenty of photos with this entry...there was much more, as the scenery was just amazing given the weather conditions...4 days of strong sun and calm seas. The ship´s Captain even decided to do some painting on the exterior of the ship as he usually doesn´t get more than 1 day to do it!

One of the stops was Puerto Eden...a small village in the middle of nowhere. Luckily, given there was a slight delay in the trip sailing down , we were not given the option of going down to see it...luckily, because it had all the appearance of being a top tourist trap - so no decisions to be made on that issue. Also it allowed us to go to the Glaciar Pio XI which was much more worth it...

Originally we thought the Navimag trip would just be "transportation" down, but they have worked on the visit and entertainment side a bit and have included comments on all the places we passed and a diversion to a wonderful Glacier Pio XI.

If the girls on board work a bit on their English and Spanish they might actually make it to be a top tourist attraction! We have no idea who translated everything they were reading, but it did sound like German translated to Spanish and English...we will never forget the end of each phrase finishing in both Spanish and English in "For your Attention thank you very much". But then - this added to the charm this journey had.

A great part was the fact that the Captain allowed anyone to walk into his deck at any time and see all the equipment (radars, etc) even in the most difficult parts of the trip...and there were a few.

Anyway, we saw plenty of wildlife along the trip:
- sea lions
- whales (2)
- otters
- usual bird life, ducks, comorans, etc.
- dolphins

The only downsider to the trip (although it was fun from the captains deck) was the rough sea when one gets to Cabo de Penas...although the Captain stated it was "calm sea" (Beaufort 3)....it didnt seem like it in the restaurant (or was it the Pisco Sour?).
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