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Seal at Valdivia

After a 8 hour bus trip to Valdivia, we instantly felt the warmer climate as we stepped-off the bus - it was a bit nippy at Puerta Varas and Chiloe!

Valdivia is a pleasant town, although much of the classic colonial architecture was destroyed in the 1960 earthquake (we have been to so many places near the Andes that have at some point been almost entirely levelled in the last centure), but still retains some attractive buildings and some of the replacements have not been like of the eyesores that we have seen in other parts of Chile.  

One of the real attractions that we have found here has been the seals that live (in total freedom) just a few feet away from the colourful "Mercado Fluvia" (fish and fruit market).  There is floating platform upon which they are usually sprawled-out upon and fed by many of the fish merchants of the market with fish-heads or unsold stock  They also catch fish in the river and judging by their immense sizes, they don´t do too badly!  We spent quite a lot of time (like many other people stood on the waterfront) watching them lark about, eating, wrestling eachother off the platform and doing quite a lot of sleeping - although they didn´t seem to stay still for very long!

samrichards says:
Happy New Year to you both! Hope prep for NZ is coming along - not long now! xxx
Posted on: Jan 09, 2008
mum11 says:
Hi Jeremy and Erica,
Fantastic blog , very happy new year to you both
Love Mum and Dad
Posted on: Jan 08, 2008
eirien says:
very nice reading your blog!!! Curious what comes next ;)
Posted on: Jan 06, 2008
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Seal at Valdivia
Seal at Valdivia
Seals in the river at Valdivia
Seals in the river at Valdivia
Sleepy seals in the river at Valdi…
Sleepy seals in the river at Vald…
Seal eating his fish-head!
Seal eating his fish-head!
Mercardo Fluvia, Valdivia
Mercardo Fluvia, Valdivia
Mercardo Fluvia, Valdivia
Mercardo Fluvia, Valdivia
Mercardo Fluvia, Valdivia
Mercardo Fluvia, Valdivia
Mercardo Fluvia, Valdivia
Mercardo Fluvia, Valdivia
Mercardo Fluvia, Valdivia
Mercardo Fluvia, Valdivia
Mercardo Fluvia, Valdivia
Mercardo Fluvia, Valdivia
Catch of the day at Mercardo Fluvi…
Catch of the day at Mercardo Fluv…
Vulture at Valdivia
Vulture at Valdivia
Vulture at Valdivia
Vulture at Valdivia
Valdivia / Rio Calle Calle
Valdivia / Rio Calle Calle
Valdivia / Rio Calle Calle
Valdivia / Rio Calle Calle
Valdivia / Rio Calle Calle
Valdivia / Rio Calle Calle
Valdivia / Rio Calle Calle
Valdivia / Rio Calle Calle
Seals in Valdavia Harbour!
Valdivia
photo by: kerryandandrei