A day trip from Valparaiso

Yesterday I went to Zapallar with my host. It's a small fishing village about 1.5 hours north of Valparaiso - longer if you take the bus which stops at every small town in-between, as we did on the way back.

[Below] The houses in Zapallar were mostly large mansions, belonging to the wealthy.

[Below] These two old men were sitting outside a tiny, fisherman's recluse.

[Below] Inside the little hut were about ten fishermen watching the Under 21's Football World Cup: Chile vs France. Chile scored a goal in the last few minutes of the game and consequently won the championship.

[Below] In the center of the little hut were several cauldrons of water boiling over a strong fire, with the smoke raising up and escaping through an opening in the roof. Beside the fire was a large bucket of fresh crabs waiting to be cooked. I was secretly hoping they would invite us to stay for the meal and celebrate Chile's victory in the soccer with them. They didn't.

[Below] The evacuation route from Zapaller?... Fly!

After lunch we slowly made out way to Cachagua to see some Humboldt penguins. We took the scenic coastline - meaning we climbed over the huge rocks and boulders among the crashing waves. It was a slow process so it soon became dark and we had to hitch-hike the rest of the way there. By the time we arrived the sun had already gone down,but we stayed there for a few minutes admiring tiny white dots in the distance, believing they were penguins.

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