S: South America Cruise 2011
FC: Steve and Margie Brown | South America Cruise December 2011
1: Celebrity Cruises, December 3-18, 2011 Ports of call: Cartagena, Columbia; Colon, Panama; Panama Canal; Manta, Ecuador; Lima, Peru; Arica, Chile; La Serina, Chile; Santiago, Chile
2: CARTAGENA, COLUMBIA
3: Fort that defended city from pirates
4: CARTAGENA, COLUMBIA | Beautiful site of atrocious deeds - Center for Inquisition trials and executions for South America
6: Embara chief and his grandson
7: COLON PANAMA and EMBARA INDIAN VILLAGE | See the monkeys??? (from boat on way to Embara village)
8: PANAMA CANAL We followed the same ship, "Marcela Lady", all day. It is the red one in several photos. There was another cruise ship behind us, but we didn't see it because it was in the next group in each lock.
9: Series of photos taken from our cabin as ship is going down Miraflores locks near Panama City. Notice the stop sign, WAY down there in left photo. Then we're level with it. Then it's above us. Then all that can be seen is the wall - cement nearly a hundred years old....
10: Views of Panama City from ship. Red/Orange bldg is Biodiversity Museum, under construction.
12: MANTA, ECUADOR Panama hats and tagua buttons...
14: MANTA, ECUADOR shrimp boat builders, central square
15: In Manta, our ship was next to a fishing 'boat' that unloaded fish all day - by the truckload.
16: Ceremony for crossing the equator... this is our favorite cruise director staff person, Valeria (from Mexico) | Shipboard activities on sea days: Trivia, dinner, fancy foods
18: LIMA, PERU | Note the extremes... shanties on the mountainside, fancy restaurant and lunch with our tour group.
21: ARICA, CHILE Bus trip to see Petroglyphs on mountainsides and local village of Poconchile and San Jeronimo churh there. This nun had hand-made bracelets and rosaries for sale.
23: ARICA, CHILE Steve participated in a ceremony with the local natives to 'bless our trip'. Then a troupe from a local school performed a traditional dance.
25: ARICA, CHILE San Marcos Cathedral was designed by Eifel in Paris, assembled there, disassembled and reassembled in Arica. It is mostly metal.
26: COQUIMBO, CHILE Fort, island of pelicans, Cross of the Third Millennium
28: SANTIAGO, CHILE City tour with taxi/tour guide. We went to Los Dominicos, a artisan village recommended by Grundy Janes, and to a city park on top of a mountain in the middle of the city.
33: left: boats near Bridge of the Americas, Panama City. Right: Pimento tree (tallest) and palms, museum in Arica.