Posts Tagged "South America"

Manta, Ecuador

After leaving the Panama Canal we headed south to our next port Manta, Ecuador, the home of tuna fishing, Panama hats and tagua nut buttons and carvings. This was our third visit to this port, (see Manta, 2014 and Manta 2008 for other pictures), so we took the shuttle into town to visit the small craft market in the town square. At the market there were vendors of tagua nut carvings and of coarse Panama Hats. The thumbnail pictures below represent this stop on our trip. Click on any of them to see actual picture.   Title Slide Tuna Fountain Craft Market Craft Market Craft Market Craft...

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Santa Marta, Colombia

After 3 days at sea we arrived at our 1st port, Santa Marta, Colombia. Santa Marta is the oldest surviving city in Colombia. The old city has Spanish colonial architecture and is surrounded by modern resorts. We left the terminal and walked along the water passing the fishermen that were cleaning the day’s catch and the Statue of Rodrigo de Bastidas, the founder of the city. We left the water and headed in to the old part of the city with its colonial architecture and narrow streets. We visited the cathedral which was on the main square. We continued  wandering around the city...

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Lima, Peru (Day 2)

We stayed in Lima for two nights. On the night of Day 2 we decided to take in the Magic Water Circuit of Lima. This event takes place in Parque de la Reserva and involves 13 fountains that are illuminated and change colors. At 9:30 PM there is a 20 minute laser light show that combines movement, light, sound and images. (for a short clip of the show see the 3 minute movie below) On the way to and from the show we saw hustle and bustle of Lima at night. The thumbnail pictures below represent this stop on our trip. Click on any of them to see actual picture. Magic Fountains of Lima On the...

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Lima Peru (Day 1)

After two days at sea we arrived in the port of Callao, a suburb of Lima in Peru. The port is a typical container port, with a small Peruvian Craft Market when a cruise ship is in port. Since we had visited Lima in 2008, we decided to go to the suburb of Miraflores on the shuttle bus. Miraflores is a modern area built on top of a cliff, with spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean. Once in Miraflores we had lunch at a restaurant that overlooked the Pacific Ocean and then we strolled down the Malceon (promenade) along the cliff to the Parque del Amor to see the “Kissing Couple...

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Manta, Ecuador

We arrived in the Port of Manta, Ecuador Saturday, January 11, and decided to go to Montecristi, the home of the Panama hat. On our way we stopped at a Tagua nut button factory, where we saw a demonstration of how buttons were made from the nuts. At the factory there were also nut carvers selling different carvings. After leaving the factory we stopped in the town of El Chorillo where Agave fiber bags were made. These bags were originally used to hold coffee beans. From there we traveled to a hill above Montecristi to a new cultural center that was built since the last time we were here in...

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