Chilean Naval Ship, Esmeralda is visiting Australia with more than 300 sailors & crew on board and many stories to share with Sydney-siders and the local travel industry
Officers and mid-shipmen from the Chilean Navy will sail into Sydney on 3rd of November 2016 on board the four-masted naval training ship Esmeralda for a five-day visit as part of their current world tour.
Members of the public can register with the Chilean Consulate in Sydney to come aboard for a tour of the ship during their Australian visit while several social functions, including a tourism event organised by ProChile, will take place on 4th of November at Ovolo Hotel in Woolloomooloo.
With a pristine white hull, brass portholes and four masts topped with Chilean flags, the training ship has served as a floating embassy since it was built in Spain and delivered to Chile in 1954. Since then, the ship has travelled to hundreds of ports worldwide, last visiting Australia in April 2012.
This visit shows “clear signs of friendship, cooperation and mutual support”, says Captain Carlos Schnaidt. “Our ship has been synonymous with Chilean pride and patriotism and today the Esmeralda travels around the globe introducing people from all walks of life to the celebrated people, history and culture of a unique nation”, he adds.
“Chile is the only Latin American country that shares a direct air-route with Australia, making it even easier to travel to Chile and explore a destination full of diverse landscapes and exciting adventures”, comments Paula Moreno, Trade Commissioner of Chile in Australia, who will be representing the Government Agency in charge of Tourism for the event. “We want to bring a piece of beautiful Chile to Sydney, so we invite Australians to come aboard and enjoy this moving experience together”.
In 2015, more than 46,000 Australians chose Chile as a travel destination, visiting favourite and contrasting places such as the unique Atacama Desert, cosmopolitan Santiago, Valparaíso & the Wine Region as well as remote Patagonia and Antarctica.
After a five-day stay in Sydney, the ship is scheduled to sail to Auckland in New Zealand and Papeete in Tahiti before returning to Chile.
Photo: Torres del Paine, Chile (Turismo Chile)