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Feb 21, 2020 - Punta Arenas, Chile

Punta Arenas is located on a Peninsula north of the Strait of Magellan. It is the capital and largest city of Chile's southernmost region, with a population of around 125,000. We did not get a chance to visit the city at all, as we boarded a catamaran to go to Magdalena Island. It is home to over 100,000 Magellanic penguins. Unfortunately at this time of the year, most of them had migrated to Antarctica for the summer, and there were a lot more gulls than penguins. It was a bit of a disappointment after visiting Volunteer Point in the...

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Feb 25, 2019 - Heading South to Patagonia

Chileans must not be keen milk drinkers as the supermarket only stocked UHT milk and lots of it. When we asked for coffee at the restaurants we received a cup of hot water and a container of instant coffee so we could add our own amount of coffee but no milk. When I did ask for coffee with milk they brought a cup of hot UHT milk and the container of instant coffee. At the OXXO, which is like a 7/11 I selected cappuccino from the coffee vending machine and it came with cinnamon on top! Food-wise Chileans are very keen on hot dogs served...

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Feb 11, 2018 - Punta Arenas Chile & Strait of Magellan

Yesterday we cruised past Cape Horn, again. This time we went far enough around to see a number of glaciers. I did not know South America had Glaciers and we saw more here than we saw when we were in Alaska. Also, when I checked the average temperatures at the places we were visiting before we left Hawaii so Julieann could properly pack what we needed, almost all stops were recording in the 80’s. Somehow I missed the memo that informed us that Cape Horn and Chile didn’t make the cut. Actually, Chile should be spelled CHILLY. The temperature...

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Jan 7, 2018 - A Day in Punta Arenas

Spent the day walking around Punta Arenas, it is about 50F out today so only a light jacket some clouds this is the largest city south of the 46th parallel south. The population is about 150,000 and it sets on the shore of the Straits of Magellan where many large ships pass through. A lot of walking around the city a stop for lunch another crab salad and a small beer (this one was really small LOL). The got a taxi to go to the area where the replica of ship ships were the Nao Victoria the only ship of Magellan fleet (were 5 ship in his...

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Jan 6, 2018 - Punta Arenas

Today it is a bit overcast and looks like it will be raining soon, down for some breakfast then a bit of stuff on the computer and pack my bags check out and head off to the bus terminal. The bus trip back to Punta Arenas takes three hours, getting there at 3:30 PM then a 5 block walk to my hotel. It is on the second floor with no lift LOL got checked in, and my room is about 5 times bigger than the last place, LOL Out for some dinner with a starter of king crab plate, and followed with a very small T-bone steak, LOL and a small beer. The...

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Dec 24, 2017 - It's Christmas Eve and still got to shopping to do

It's 8:30 Christams Eve morning and just updating log before moving onto Torres de Piene for Christmas, unsure of availability of internet I thought we had better wish everyone a A Very Happy Christmas and have a fantastic time enjoying the season of goodwill. We will be thinking of you all as we undertake our 16km enforced hike and climbing lesson up at 2000m for our Christmas Day packed lunch. I have just attached some photographs around Punta Arenas on the web Including photos of the cemetery, the shepherd statue, Megallans Statue, views...

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Dec 24, 2017 - Arghhh you scurvy dogs, it's the last day on board the jolly roger

Captains log, star date unknown been floating adrift for 4 days now, everyone's going stir crazy with too much food and drink,An early start by a visit to Megalena Island through the strait of Megellan, yes the same Magellan the Portuguese explorer who found the route through the Atalntic to Pacific. Amazing achievement given the size of the craft he had and he was only booked on accommodation only not even had breakfast included. So today is Saturday 23rd December 2017 and we embark on the zodiaks at 6:45 and headed to Magdalena island for...

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Dec 18, 2017 - heading to Punta Arenas and on board the MS Midnatsol

This morning was a early morning flight to Punta Arenas left at 6:40 am and was a 3 hour flight after landing we taxied to the terminal had very highs winds around 75 miles per hour the plane was rocking and the stairway keep moving out of line from the plane, Got into the terminal part of the luggage came in then it stopped, was about 40 people still waiting for there bags, me being one of them. After waiting about 45 minutes a worker came in and said due to the high winds they could only open one luggage compartment on the side away from...

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Dec 14, 2017 - Punta Arenas, Chile

Punta Arenas is a city near the tip of Chile's southernmost Patagonia region. Located on the Strait of Magellan, which connects the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, it's often used as base for excursions to the surrounding wilderness and Antarctica. The Plaza Muñoz Gamero has a memorial to explorer Ferdinand Magellan, and the Museo Nao Victoria features a replica of one of his galleons. It was windy that day. The bay was very choppy. Captain Berdos decided it was too rough for the tenders so we sailed away. So no Magdalena Island Penguin...

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Sep 16, 2017 - Puerto Natales to Punta Arenas

Phil had a restless nights sleep so we don't rush this morning as our bus leaves at 11 am. We leave the lodge at 10.30 by taxi to the bus station and our bus leaves on time at 11 am. The 3 hour trip passes quickly and Phil sleeps for a couple of hours to catch up from last night. We arrive in the town of Punta Arenas which is located on the Strait of Magellan, which connects the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. It's often used as base for excursions to the surrounding wilderness and Antarctica. Quite a few cruise liners call here and there are...

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Sep 11, 2017 - Santiago to Patagonia

This morning we are going to Patagonia, southern Chile. Our host Carmen organises an Uber to pick us up at 5.20. We fly with the budget airline SKY at 7.45 to Punta Arenas, the nearest airport to Patagonia. Patagonia and in particular, Torres del Paine, is not that easy to get to. The flight is 3 hours and we arrive in Punta Arenas where we wait at the café in the airport for our Bus Fernandez to arrive. The bus arrives a bit late at 1.30 and we then have a 3 hour bus ride to Puerto Natales which is the gateway town to Torres de Paine. The...

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Feb 11, 2017 - Chilly Chile

We have travelled South towards Punta Arenas the southernmost city in the world. The temperature is getting cooler but the sun is still shining and in the sheltered areas it is very pleasant. We have won two more bottles of bubbly, five so far. Ian continues to go to the lectures on various topics including Gauchos, social history of Cunard and Robert Powell talking about Dickens and Jane Austen. I have attended some but tend to fall asleep in the warm, dark theatre! I continue to make necklaces and Ian reckons I can open a stall when I go...

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