I think I should write about the cruise before I forget everything. Our first stop on the cruise was Puerto Montt, Chile. We tendered into port and went through a passenger control area. We didn’t have an excursion booked, so we hung around for awhile trying to get wifi. We didn’t have much success so we carried on, walking up the street towards Angelmo market.
Puerto Montt was established in 1853 and was largely settled by Germans. The population today is just over 200,000.
The street itself seemed to me to be one great, long market. The vendors were all in very open spaces, selling various crafts and clothing made from alpaca or sheep wool and jewellry with lapis lazuli, the national stone.
I’m not much of a bargainer or much of a shopper for that matter, but our traveling companions certainly are. I was trying to keep up with the men, who marched on ahead towards the destination with barely a glance at the lovely merchandise along the way. I was also trying to keep track of the women, browsing around behind in the numerous stalls. There were some tense moments when someone wanted to make a purchase and her husband was far ahead and out of sight with the Chilean pesos. One of her potential purchases was abandoned when the lady selling shawls wouldn’t come down on the price. “Is baby sheep!” she explained. Fair enough!
I did make a purchase. I had to! There was a beautiful shawl with my name on it and some lovely woolen scarves that I knew my son and daughter would use.
When we finally reached the end of the Paseo del mar and found Angelmo market, we were treated to a picturesque harbour with lovely brightly coloured fishing boats. The market was full of restaurants and fish smells. There were the largest, happiest sea lions I’ve ever seen basking near the pier, enjoying the attention of all the tourists.
On our walk back to the ship we saw artists, musicians and more vendors selling everything from spices to art and music cds. We came away with a few pesos, but this would be our last Chilean port.