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Matarani is the second largest port in Peru and is fairly busy. The entrance into the harbor is quite tight,but this was not an issue for the Mariner and her Master, Captain Felice Patruno. The view from my balcony allowed me to view the entrance into the harbour in comfort.
In Matarani my friends and I were wait-listed for a tour, but, unfortunately we did not end up getting on a tour, this was the first and only time (so far) on a Regent Cruise that I have not been able to go on a tour, so we stayed on board. We did try to get into town but the shuttle bus could only accommodate 25 and there were a large number of people who wanted to do the same as us, also the timing of the runs into and out of town meant that you either had 30 minutes in town or 2½ hours in a very small town with not much to apparently see or do.