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Old August 6th, 2003, 09:12 AM
Dick Morrison
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Default South American Ports

Any recommendations for excursions in these ports: Manta, Ecuador; Lima (Callao), Peru; Arica, Chile; and Santiago, Chile. Are any of these places worth touring on your own?
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Old August 19th, 2003, 11:37 PM
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Default Re: South American Ports

Regarding Santiago, Chile > Valparaiso is the port city for Santiago and is about one
hour's drive West of Santiago. Valparaiso is right next door to Vina Del Mar and is a very
pretty city - City of Flowers I believe they call it. There are finicular tram ways that go up
the steep backdrop of both Valparaiso and Vina Del Mar - one interesting one is located
almost directly behind the Naval Headquarters for the Chilean Navy and is within walking distance of the docks where the cruise ships berth. It only costs a few pesos to use the finicular and at the top there is a magnificent view of the harbour.

You don't indicate how much time you have for Santiago - I spent two weeks there
prior to our cruise - it is a big, interesting city, however, I am not sure I would spend
time in Santiago if I only had one day to explore there.
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