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Puerto Montt-Punta Arenas and the Isla Magdalena Penguins


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We left Santiago to Puerto Montt at 9pm, reaching Puerto Montt at 10am. When we arrived we found a bus that was leaving for Punta Arenas in just one hour (11am). We decided that we wanted to get as south into Patagonia as we could and then work our way back up so we could visit as many places as possible before our flight to New Zealand left on the 26th of Jan. We both agreed and went for a quick shop before heading on to Punta Arenas.The bus would take 30 hours!!!!!, the seates were very uncomfortable and we were separated by an isle for the whole journey. In total we were on the bus for 43 hours!!!!!!

We got to Punta Arenas on the 9th of January at 5pm. We looked around for a Hostel until we settled with the Hostal Calafate. We asked at reception about the colony of penguins that were found off the coast and Booked a place on the boat to the colony the next day. That night in Punta Arenas we went down to the Strait of Magellan, and went to dinner at a local place called "Luna"(great steaks).


The next day, in the morning we went to the Tax free zone, a zone of shops without tax charges where we replaced our broken camera (the screen cracked in the Pantanal) with a brand new one (same model) to use for the rest of our trip. In afternoon we returned to the hostel to go see the penguins (the boat left at 6)on Isla Magdalena, an island where over120,000 breeding Magellanic Penguins....simply amazing!!!!


The next day we planned to take the ferry at 9.30 am to Tierra del Fuego to find some way to get to Ushuaia (the most southern city on Earth),But will we be able to get there?

Posted by Themoffats 14:15 Archived in Chile

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