Ahoy there, sailor!
Before we got to Iquique, I’d researched the local attractions and wasn’t sure what to expect when I read that Iquique was home to a larger-than-life replica of the Esmeralda, a corvette of the Chilean navy which was sunk by the Peruvians during the War of the Pacific in 1879. It sounded like something we definitely couldn’t miss, and we were excited to find out you could take a tour of the actual ship as well. At this point Lucio was more excited than a child on Christmas day, so we made our way down to the shore as quickly as possible to take the last tour before closing time.
Lucio being fascinated by war history, he was definitely in his happy place!
We like to pretend like we’re carrying things, you know like buildings and ships, it’s something we like to do…
Also we like to pose like it’s a completely natural way to be observing a ship.
A few shots of the surrounding port as we waited for the guided tour to begin…
The tour took us down inside the ship so we could really see up-close how the sailors lived, worked and “learned how to be real men” down there. We were told boys as young as 10 years old worked on the ship, many without knowing how to read and write.
(A replica of the dining room)
The sun was starting to set, and so it was time to quickly take some last snaps before we were ushered off the boat, as it was almost closing time.
In a nutshell, I really enjoyed the “short and sweet” tour and would highly recommend it. I loved finding out more about the lives of the Chilean sailors, their daily routines and the hierarchy within the ship. It really felt like we had stepped into a different era, as if the crew were going to arrive any minute and we had to shuffle along before they came back to continue with their tasks of the day.
I hope you enjoyed coming along on the tour with me, and keep your eyes peeled for the last but certainly not least post about our time in Chile… (I might have kept the best for last!)