I have been trying to relate our Chilean experiences in Chronological order; however enthusiasm in writing our adventures, sometimes some aspects are overlooked, and only realized on reflection. Before I take you to the Patagonian region of Southern Chile, with your indulgence I would like to go back to Valparaiso, and share with you, a memorable moment touring the Valparaiso Harbour.
We had seen the Harbour from the high hills that looked down over the Commercial hub, and out over the bay, this time we were to see the city from the Harbour, back up into the hills. We arrived at the pier early morning, and found it a hive of colourful activity, there were Ships and Boats of all sizes, Cruise boats, Fishing vessels, Cargo vessels and general sea craft of all descriptions. We boarded a small boat with about fifteen other passengers, The Tour guide could also speak English, which he did so often throughout the hour tour, for my benefit. Leaving the Pier, the first Ship that we passed was a massive Cargo Ship anchored in the Bay, its decks were stacked high with Shipping containers, it was either preparing to dock for unloading, or preparing for departure, the sheer size of the containers was massive, stacked one on top of the other, I think I counted about eight high, that’s not including what was in the hold. The next Ships to come into view were the Ships of the Chilean Navy, two were docked and one was standing off the shore, very impressive Vessels and bedecked in various forms of Armament, Chile does have a great Navy Fleet and Valparaiso is its home port, Valparaiso is also the home of the Naval training ship, the Esmeralda. Way out in the Bay we could look back and see Valparaiso in a different perspective, right up from the Commercial district, the hills were visible in all directions, houses on top of houses as far as the eye could see, all different styles of Architecture, and the varying colours lit up the vista like a giant mosaic jigsaw puzzle. What was amazing was the amount of High Rise buildings constructed along the Shoreline, huge buildings with some over twenty stories high, I was assured that with new technology, they were constructed in a manner that conforms with Earthquake expectations, however I must admit, in the back of my mind, I felt that maybe Mother Nature can be very violent at times, and her Temper can override man’s achievements. Heading back into port, we found a magnificent colony of Sea Wolves, all relaxing in the shade of some form of abandoned Port, or Maritime structure, an impressive sight and Beautiful Sea Animal, they are known as Sea Wolves in Chile, and more commonly known as Sea Lions in other Countries. The final few pictures I share with you, are a close up of a very solitary Sea Wolf, alone She relaxed on an isolated piece of Maritime construction, how did I know it was a She Wolf?, as we got up close in the boat, I took out my camera, She raised herself up and started brushing her hair, and putting her make up on, She posed for the picture in a Regal manner, Her Skin was glistening like black leather, her body showed scars of many successful underwater wars, a truly magnificent Sea Animal, and a beautiful memorable moment that I was fortunate to capture. Enjoy my pictures and I look forward to taking you down to the Patagonian region of Southern Chile, where we visit the Hanging Glacier at Quelat National Park, then to Lake General Carrera where we tour the Ice age Marble Caves, we finish my series with a visit to one of the Worlds last Continental Shelfs at San Rafael Lagune.