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Cape Horn Cruise

23 day trip, started in Buenos Aires, where we spent 5 days, followed by a 14 day cruise on the Norvegian Star, 2,300 passengers, which took us around Cape Horn to the port of San Antonio at Chile, from there transfer to Santiago to take the plane back.

Cruise

Our cruise

We really liked Buenos Aires, a very beautiful city that reminded us a lot of Paris. Very beautiful avenues, buildings with architecture from the beginning of the 20th century, very beautiful parks, beautiful statues everywhere.

Our hotel was in a great location, opposite the obelisk, very close to the Colon Theater and near a superb park, Lavalle. We have adopted a charming bistro a stone’s throw from the hotel “Le Petit Colon” for our coffee breaks.

Took a city tour, visit the famous Recoleta cemetery, the La Boca district and a superb 3 De Febrero garden. Went to  a Tango dinner show

One day, we went to see the Iguazu Falls, 2 hours by plane, very impressive. A tiring day, we walked for almost 4 hours under a blazing sun.

Igazu

Iguazu Falls

We really enjoyed the cruise, the boat was very good, food, in general excellent, courteous and kind services, high quality shows, lots of activities every day to keep you busy if you wanted. We had a cabin with balcony on deck number nine, very comfortable and well designed.

Norvegian Star

Norvegian Star

The boat made 6 stops, Montevideo in Uruguay, Puerto Madryn in Argentina, Stantley in the Falkland Islands, Ushuaia in Argentina and Punta Arenas, Puerto Chacabuco and Puerto Montt in Chile. We took 6 excursions, 4 were excellent, one was OK and one bad.

In Montevideo we did not take an excursion but went down for a walk, we ended up on a corniche which reminded us a lot of that of Alexandria.

In Puerto Madryn and the In Puerto Madryn and the Falklands we visited penguin colonies, saw an albino penguin, something very rare.

 

pingouins

Pingouins

Flaklands

At the Falklands

In Punta Arenas we went to a sheep farm, where we were treated to demonstrations; shepherd dog, swimming and shearing sheep.  We were welcomed with Pisco Sour cocktail and an excellent meal of braised mutton was served with Chiliean wines.

Shearing

Shearing of a sheep

Berger

Berger avec chien

In Ushuaia and Puerto Montt we are we went on catamaran trips and visited national parks, perfect weather (incredible! We were told to dress warmly, but it was not really necessary) and breathtaking landscapes

Volcan

Volcan

Magda and I were a great team taking  a lot of photos.

The weather was ideal during the whole trip, which is remarkable because it is often windy, the sea is rough and it rains in this corner of the world. At Cape Horn, where the weather was superb, the captain, who was Greek, said “This is what happens when the captain speaks the language of Poseidon“.

At Cape Horn

At the Cape Horn

In 2 places, at Cape Horn and in front of the Chilean fjords the captain had the boat made a 360 degrees so that everyone could admire the view.

Taken nearly 2,000 photos, we had 2 cameras, the Nikon D750 with 2 lenses, including the 200-500, The CyberShot and my Galaxy phone.

In Santiago again the hotel was very well located. Took a city tour and then stroll a bit to the Plaza de Armas. We witnessed a shoplifting theft in a pharmacy, where the security guard caught the thieves. ”

Santiago is a beautiful city unfortunately disfigured by graffiti, the result of violent demonstrations that took place in the fall.

Quelques photos du voyage

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Trip to Peru

Machu Pichu

Machu Pichu

In a nutshell:

Beautiful trip, but tiring (more than the brochure led to believe). 18 days including travel days.

Our favorites: visit the Uros on Lake Titicaca, the condors, the breathtaking landscapes, the Machu Pichu, the Nazca lines.

The disappointments: the lodge in Amazonia (Tours Chanteclerc changed the original lodge, and the one chosen was of a lower category). Parrots that we did not see. Missing theThe Ballestas Islands due to rough seas.

 

Sur l’île de Taquile

Very good guide from Arequipa to Cusco. The local guides were, generally good.

We were a group of twelve people.  The rest of the group took American Airlines and had a lot of problems (the flights to and from Lima were canceled!). We decided to take Air Canada which forced us to stay an extra, very pleasant, day in Lima at the end. The flights were Montreal – Toronto – Lima / Lima – Toronto – Montreal.

We absolutely wanted to see Machu Pichu, Lake Titicaca, Nazca lines, and the Ballestas Islands.

Ligne de Nasca

Ligne de Nasca

Alpaga

Alpaga

Condor

Condor

Au Marché

Au Marché

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The tour in Peru was: Lima – Arequipa – Chivay –Puno – Cusco – Puerto Maldonado – Lima – Paracas – Lima. See the map. We spent more than a week above 3,800 meters and crossed a pass at 4,900 meters!

As far as I am concerned, photography was one of the main goals of the trip. I thought a lot about the gear to take. Finally I decided to take 2 cameras, a zoom, a flash and a portable tripod, I did not use the flash.  Here is the equipment I took: Nikon D750 Camera with Nikon 24-85 mm lens  and a 200-500 f5.6 Nikon Zoom, Sony RX100 Camera, Nikon SB 600 flash, Trident TaI456 tripod.

 

 

Pélican

Pélican

Flamand Rose

Flamand Rose

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tissage

Tissage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I wanted 2 camera bodies, not to have to change lenses when the zoom was mounted on the D750. I chose the Sony camera because it takes photos in RAW at 21 Megapixels and I do not need a powerful zoom with it. I was very pleasantly surprised by the photos it took. The tripod allowed me to take (for the first time) photos of stars

More details are in my daily log (to come later).

The slide shows

 

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