From the end of the world we started out trek up the west side of South America. I’m going to combine these three because there was not a whole lot of activity. The weather was starting to transition from the polar cold to a more moderate climate and with that came a lot of rain and cool/cold weather. We did most of the trip within the fijords of Chile which was very scenic but being in the fijords and that far south didn’t help our connectivity.
The first stop, Port Chacabuco, we didn’t even get off the ship. It was a rainy cold day and the town is very small. If you weren’t going on one of the guided trips, there wasn’t much to do and we were only in port for 6 hours.
Next stop was Port Mont which was probably the best of the three stops. The trip we wanted to take was full so we opted for a market shopping trip with one of the chefs on the ship. This turned out to be a real memorable day for the cruise. In Valparaiso, the expedition team members who were leaving the ship did a few minutes on there best memories and one who went with us said outside of Antarctica, this was the most fun they had so if you can make that kind of impression on the expedition team, it definitely wasn’t bad. So what made it fun??
Silversea had a bus and guide waiting for us for the 30 minute trip to the market where you get fresh meat, fish and vegetables. There are some closer markets to the ship terminal, but this is where the locals shop. It started out with Chef David planning to get some things for a cooking demonstration he would be doing the next day. By the time we left we had crates of strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, wheels of cheese, tomatoes, onions, a bunch of fish and some Chilean spices. All of us were helping to carry the bounty back to the tour bus to return to the ship. The other thing that happened was Silversea tasked one of the other trips going to a German area to stop at a bakery and get cakes and pastries. We ended up with a feast of fresh goodies that were featured for the next days lunch.