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Day 15 - Punta Arenas

sunny 12 °C

Last night we met Steve and Kumiko and they offered to share their hire car with us. Steve also volunteered to queue up and get tender tickets for us all.

Punta Arenas is the southernmost city in Chile and the largest city south of 46 parallel south. It's located on the strait of Magellan, the main shipping route for commercial vessels traveling between the Atlantic and the Pacific.

The main square (Plaza de Armas Benjamin Munoz Gamero) is surrounded by the Cathedral and houses owned by the pioneers who made their fortune with sheep and cattle.
One of those is Sara Braun - her house is now a hotel.

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From the main square, we walked up the the viewpoint

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and then along to Cemeterio Municipal Sara Braun.
There is much more space here than the cemetery in Buenos Aires.

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Next, we picked up the hire car and drove to Fort Bulnes. Some of the trails were closed due to recent sightings of a Puma.

Fort Bulnes was founded in 1843 as part of President Manuel Bulnes Prieto's colonization policy in Southern Chile in an attempt to claim and protect the Strait of Magellan. The area was very harsh and the inhabitants eventually moved the 62kms to Punta Arenas.

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From here we drove to the National Magellanes reserve but the extensive roadworks delayed us and we arrived just as they were closing. These tress covered in moss were just by the entrance.

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On the way back to the ship we saw lots of cormorants.

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As we set sail this evening, we were lucky enough to see the water spouts of two whales.

Posted by JenBuckley 12:23 Archived in Chile

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