This morning, I met up with M., R., and S. (a German girl who has recently arrived in Chile) to take a short boat trip around Valparaíso Harbor. When we arrived at the docking area, we were immediately accosted by people eager to entice us onto their boats. We waffled, wary of tourist-hunters, and skeptically opted to go with an insistent, friendly man who told us he would take us on a private tour for 2.000 (~$4) apiece.
It turned out to have been a wonderful choice. The man entertained us throughout the whole ride with facts of questionable veracity, about various marine animals and port activities. We had a marvelous view of the whole port and all of Valpo’s rolling hills, and we were able to get a close view of the strange contraptions used in cargo loading and holding. We also saw a handful of sea lions (en español, lobo marino, or sea wolf), as well as assorted marine birds.
There are also even more photos on my Flickr.
That is all I can say for now; it was a delightful experience, but I’m hurriedly finishing packing, so the photos must suffice. Tomorrow I go to San Pedro! I’ve just realized that my plan of only taking a carry-on is not viable, since I need my contact lens fluid, at bare minimum, and would rather not buy all-new toiletries there. Damn no-liquids airline rules. The best laid plans…! I’m not yet sure if I will be updating from San Pedro or not, but I shall return to these hallowed pages when I can.