There hasn’t been a lot to write about the last few days. Basically with Peru shut down to tourism, we’ve been sailing over 1,000 miles south and did a stop at Arica, Chile for Covid testing before we could proceed to the next several port stops. We’re starting to suspect the medical teams are having a contest to see who can get the swab in the deepest for our PCR tests. That said, we’ve had a few people in and out of quarantined from testing positive but no one has really been sick. The ships protocol is 10 days isolation and a negative test to rejoin the festivities.
So all that said, we were not allowed off the ship in Arica as it was for testing only. It’s also a very small town surrounded by a desert. It was kind of a fun looking harbor with colorful boats, jellyfish and sea lions to watch during the day. There were several sea lions and I would watch these little black birds start swooping down towards the water and a sea lion would pop up and throw a fish in the air which the birds all went after. It was comical to watch and I spent quite a while watching them.
We are now on our way to our first of five stops in Chile starting tomorrow at Antofaqasta where I’ll be doing a city highlights tour. It looks like we’ll once again be restricted to staying on the buses which is sad, but at least we get to see some of the major sites.