Monday, November 4, 2013

South America Ole'

As most of my dear readers know, Michael and I are cruisers...not just any cruisers, but dyed in the wool, have ships blood running thru our veins, crazy about cruising...cruisers!
our longest cruise ever was a 7 week, LA , around the horn, to the big apple itself! The weather was in LA, hot as hades in Peru, cold as the devil in Puntarenas, High seas thru the Magellan straits, roasting in Rio, unbearably humid in the Caribbean, and ending up with frozen noses in NYC.....
How did we pack, you ask.....well that's another blog.....
sailing into our first port, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico....
 the view from our ship, as we dropped anchor in the bay....

lovely dancers await us in Huatulco, was our first time there, and we have hilarious memories of our river rafting trip....but pictures!

Guatemala was a lovely day, spent in port....the local beer was just what we needed on this very hot day....

Of course there are Llamas in Peru  ( was there any doubt?)
I bought llama wool for my daughter-in-law, who is very prolific knitter!

We visited an ancient site just out of Lima.....
So ancient and sacred, that it is forbidden to move the bones that the shifting sands expose. 


These are the beautiful Andes mountains....we took a tour to 12,000 ft elevation...The air was so thin, that we actually carried oxygen on the tour van, in case any of us got Short of breath, or dizzy...Hey, I'm tough!! No 02 for me!
This is the lovely village we stopped at when we reached the summit,, and where I bought my yarn.

A local store for thirsty travelers!

The village was celebrating Mardi Gras, by having a local parade with beribboned locally elected politicians....hmmmmm  sounds like a plan.....anywaaaaaay, they had a small band, and the locals celebrated by throwing flour, and shooting shaving cream

Guess who ended up in the thick of things!

On our way back down, we stopped to view the valley below, and I had a chance to use my panoramic viewfinder for the first time!


Valparaiso Chili was very colorful.......We had a walkabout with a local guide, and he was so proud of his city....
We climbed up and down hills for what seemed like hours!
After all that walking, I was able to eat an extra dessert for dinner!
Grin, I always eat an extra dessert, but this time it didn't count!!!

The weather didn't stay nice though, the further south we went, the rain started and it became pretty cold

As seasoned of us was prepared...Thank you Michael!

The falls were beautiful!

And we forgo the usual local beer that day.....for HOT coffee in the little town on the bay...the wind was icy, and we were freezing!

A little excitement on our way to see the penguin colony...This was the first flat....a few miles down the road, we had another!  Instead of being disappointed at the delay, we used these 2 stops to explore the flora and fauna on the side of the road....

We finally made it to the colony, and probably saw the last 25 penguins left! It's a good thing that we have a sense of humor!
I wanna know who's thumb is in our picture!
We had better luck when we got back to town and found some tasty crabs and local beer!
Who needs penguins anyway!!

Got up at the crack of dawn to view the glaciers in the Chilean Fjords

Was so worth it, I loved just sitting on upper deck of the ship, sipping hot chocolate as we all oooed and ahhed all the way to our next port.

more oooos ahd ahhhhhhs....

sailing into the Ushuaia...also known as the bottom of the wasn't so cold that day...
 The beer was awesome, and the sun was shining...           The flowers were beautiful!

Lunch at a bar-b-que joint in Montevideo Argentina. This was our second time in this city, and our mouths were drooling as we sailed into port....couldn't wait to go back to this little local place for the best bar-b-que ever!!!

After feasting on our Ribs and lamb....we finished up the quart size bottles of local beer, and headed to the shops!

unforgettable Buenos Aries
What more can I say...maybe I should do a little tango!

La Boca....birthplace of the tango....

Sailing into Rio....what a view of Sugar loaf

What a view from the top of Sugar loaf!!
As you can is no longer cold!
Copacabana beach in the background..

However, as we neared the top of Corcovado mountain, Christ the redeemer was shrouded in mist....I could have used a sweater!
                  Salvador Brazil was amazing, and so was the cold beer             
These characters met the ship to invite us into the city!
These outfits will be perfect for our next formal night!

      Fortaleza Brazil was just plain hot!
Did I say hot?       

we were wimps and lasted only a few hours before we had to head back to the ship and air conditioning!

hit a shop on the way, but was to hot to spend any money! Honestly!

Even the coconuts didn't tempt me......

Our last stop in the Caribbean....I'd introduce you to my new boyfriend, but it was just a one day stand....

We sailed thru the Bermuda triangle, on our way to New York City.....We saw no ghost ships, and we were not afraid....Who ya gonna call.....Ghostbusters!