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Provincia de Magallanes

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  • Day121

    "Gestrandet" in Punta Arenas

    February 8 in Chile ⋅ 🌧 8 °C

    Als sich herausgestellt hat, dass wir den Camper ein paar Tage länger haben und somit Fitz Roy und den Perito Moreno mit dem eigenen Auto machen können, haben wir unsere Pläne geändert und die Route durch Südpatagonien angepasst. Der Flug zurück nach Santiago war auch schon längere Zeit gebucht und somit - lange Rede, kurzer Sinn - haben wir nun insgesamt 6 Nächte in Punta Arenas. Mindestens 4 zu viel... 😂

    Am 8. Februar kommen wir hier an und suchen uns an der Küste einen Platz für die letzte Nacht in der Schachtel. Es ist kalt, regnerisch und windig. Aber kein Wunder, wir sind ja auch an der Magellanstraße und der Antarktis näher als irgendeiner großen Stadt auf dem Festland. Die letzten Mahlzeiten und die letzte Flasche Wein während unseres Roadtrips trinken wir also eher im Camper und nicht in der Sonne. 😉 Ein Lichtblick (im wahrsten Sinne des Wortes) ist ein grandioser Regenbogen, der sich direkt vor uns an der Küste zeigt als mal kurz die Sonne durch die Wolken spitzt. Irgendwie hat die rauhe Landschaft und das kalte Klima hier doch etwas für sich.
    Als wir am nächsten Morgen dann die Schachtel aufräumen, waschen und zurückgeben, ist es zwar stürmisch, aber wenigstens trocken und auch alles Organisatorische klappt ohne Probleme. Ein bisschen wehmütig beziehen wir unser Zimmer in einem gemütlichen Bed&Breakfast, aber bis Neuseeland ist es ja gar nicht mehr so lange und da beziehen wir dann Schachtel Nr 2. 😬

    Als wir das erste Mal durch Punta Arenas spazieren, wird schnell klar: so richtig schön ist es hier nicht. Irgendwie ist alles ein bisschen trist und das kalte Wetter (es ist Sommer, Maximaltemperatur 15 Grad) unterstreicht diese Stimmung noch. Vieles passt hier zusammen: die Wracks am Ufer, das in traurigem Dunkelgrau gestrichene Rathaus, die schmucklosen Straßen und die wenigen Sonnenstunden. Wir haben sogar das Gefühl, dass die Leute hier irgendwie bedrückter und mieser gelaunt durch die Gegend laufen als anderswo in Chile. Die Natur rund um die Stadt hat dagegen viel zu bieten: Fjorde, Gletscher, Pinguine, Wale und natürlich die Antarktis. Das Problem ist allerdings, dass größere Touren hier das Reisebudget ganz schön strapazieren. Generell sind die Preise in Punta Arenas gesalzen, so dass auch Essengehen nicht ganz so viel Spaß macht und die Wäscherei die teuerste der bisherigen Reise ist (beim gleichzeitig schlechtesten Service).

    Aber wir wollen uns mal nicht nur beschweren. 😉 Wir nutzen die viele Zeit und schreiben endlich mal wieder fleißig für den Blog. Pit sortiert die ganzen schönen Bilder und schneidet tolle Videos. Außerdem recherchieren wir viel für unsere nächsten Ziele und erledigen halt allerlei Dinge, für die es im Camper keine Zeit, keine Muse oder kein Internet gab. 😊

    Und ein Highlight (oder vielleicht besser das EINZIGE Highlight 😂) schauen wir uns doch noch an: mit dem Schiff fahren wir heute früh um 7 Uhr zur Isla Marta und zur Isla Magdalena. Uns erwarten unzählige Seelöwen, große Vogelkolonien und hunderte Pinguine. Diese kleinen watschelnden Anzugträger muss man einfach gern haben. Unterwegs sehen wir dazu noch Delphine neben unserem Boot aus dem Wasser springen und sogar einmal kurz einen Wal, der zum Atmen an die Oberfläche kommt. Also doch noch was gesehen hier in Punta Arenas.

    Morgen geht’s wieder zurück nach Santiago. Es sind 30 Grad angesagt. Mal sehen, ob wir uns dann nicht vielleicht nach dem Wetter hier unten sehnen. 😉
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  • Day19

    Punta Arenas Chile

    December 28, 2018 in Chile ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    Southernmost city in the world 120k popn. Rather a bleak place ... we were lucky to be here on a 'nice' summer day at about 12C. Very changeable though with clear and sunny, windy and overcast, cold and foggy, rain and more wind all following each other at about hourly intervals. Very beautiful town nonetheless and the locals seem happy to be here. Located on the north shore of Magellan Strait named after the 16th century explorer. Passed a couple of glaciers in the fjords on the way here. King crab for lunch (separate footprint).Read more

  • Day16

    Day 12 - Into the Fjords

    January 11 in Chile ⋅ 🌧 7 °C

    Overnight the Eclipse threaded it's way through several channels in the beginning of the Chilean fjords. Through the Cocovado channel just after midnight, the narrow Morales channel just before dawn and out to open sea through the Ninualac channel with the morning sun behind us as we ate breakfast. We cruised along the coast toward the head outside the Gulf of Penas, which we reached by mid afternoon. We crossed the Gulf, staying on the seaward side rather than take the more sheltered inner channel passage. The cruise continued overnight just off the westernmost islands before entering more channels and fjords next morning.

    Being at sea left us hanging out all day. The cruise publishes a daily, four-page newsletter that briefly highlights the next day's news and hour-by-hour events, as well as the operating hours of the bars, restaurants and shops. We use it to plan our days. Today's weather was low clouds and breezy, with the sun breaking through occsionally.

    After breakfast, we walked the decks then relaxed in the top deck sky lounge. This glass-enclosed lounge is as far forward as you can be and it was crowded with other guests doing the same. We moved to the room so Gail could get warm. It's chilly outside (lower 50s) and the public areas are often drafty with people going in and out. In the room, I caught up blogging and tracked out cruise progress while Gail read and did her puzzles, occasionally stepping onto the 6x9 veranda to take pictures of some of the shore sliding by.

    After lunch, Gail went to a glass blowing demonstration. The ship has a resident glass blowing workshop that offers demos and make-your-own classes.

    It was a lazy day with not a lot to do. We skipped dinner to go to a movie, Bohemian Rhapsody (the story of Freddy Mercury and Queen), showing in the smaller theater. Just a couple days ago, the movie won Best Picture and Best Actor at the Golden Globe awards. It was very well done and worthy of note. We grabbed some pizza at the buffet as they closed. I'd been wanting to try one of the whiskey tastings and tonight seemed like the night to do it so we went to one of the swanky bars. The bartender set out three highland single malts and explained the aging process for each. He poured a half shot of each and I spent a good hour sipping and judging them. Good fun!

    The interior corridors of the ship are decorated with art. Pictures and photos line the stateroom corridors and larger paintings and mixed media art hang from the stairwells and elevator bank foyers. In the more open areas, small and medium sculptures greet you. Each art work has a plaque giving the artist, media and a bit of explanation. The floors are carpeted and everything is brightly but indirectly lit.

    The ship's crew is well-trained and efficient. They are ubiquitous. Everyone is acutely aware if the recent bacterial disease outbreaks on cruise ships so there are sanitizer stations all over and a crew member greets you at the entrance to the buffets and restaurants with a squirter to splash a dollop of sanitizer in you hands as you come in.

    We continue to cruise overnight and all day tomorrow as we enter more fjords on our way to Punta Arenas.
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  • Day26

    Punta Arenas, Chile

    January 29, 2018 in Chile ⋅ 🌬 14 °C

    There has been a gap in our blog postings because Ali, the chief blog writer, had a bit of an upper respiratory infection and GI problem. This is a serious issue aboard this ship as they quarantine the afflicted individual to the room, wipe down every surface, change all linens daily, and the butler showers you with food, treats, beverages, crudite' and lots of sympathetic attention.



    Meanwhile, Nancy and I (Jim was sick too) went on an excursion from the port city of Punta Arenas, Chile in the Strait of Magellan to the Torres del Paine National Park and saw the most beautiful scenery we have ever seen in our lives, feeling guilty the whole time that our partners were not with us. The stunning views included towering mountains, glaciers, waterfalls, glacial rivers, blue AND green lakes, and gorgeous topography with several hundred guanacos (a wild, larger version of the llama) scattered about. Nancy and I discussed downplaying our experience, but I ended up telling Ali that I will take her back there for a separate trip in the future.
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  • Day242

    Punta Arenas, Chile

    January 3, 2018 in Chile ⋅ ☁️ 52 °F

    The trip to this charming town, our first stop in Chile, was a 12 hour bus ride from Ushuaia. Historically significant in the exploration of this part of the world, the town has been visited by Magellan, Darwin and Shackleton, to name a few.
    The weather was wet and windy as we drove through some very desolate and beautiful farmland that looked much like Southern New Zealand - except for an occasional llama. During our ferry crossing (on the bus), we saw some very cute white and black dolphins - which we first mistook for penguins.
    In Punta Arenas we’ve spent our time walking through the very sweet downtown packed with grand, somewhat crumbling buildings. Finally we stumbled across some choripan – bread with chorizo – which we were hoping to try. Delicious!
    We also visited the Braun Palace Museum -set in a beautiful old mansion - and the quirky and wonderful Nao Victoria museum. The Nao museum was out of town overlooking the Strait of Magellan and had 3 full-size replicas of famous ships including: Shackleton’s James Caird (the lifeboat that miraculously made it from Elephant Island to South Georgia), Darwin’s HMS Beagle and Magellan’s ship. It’s crazy to see how small and basic these boats were that accomplished such incredible journeys.
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  • Day5

    Learnings

    December 2, 2018 in Chile ⋅ 🌬 54 °F

    One of the great things about traveling is learning: encountering new people, languages, foods, and cultures, not to mention sights, smells, etc. I'm also learning--after only one entry--that blogging is a discipline and it's easy to let it go at night when fatigue wins out. 😴

    We're leaving today for EcoCamp Patagonia and will be incommunicado--no wi-fi or cell access until Friday afternoon when we return to Punta Arenas. Major withdrawal! That same day we board our cruise ship for a four-night trip to Ushuaia, Argentina. Again, no communication enroute.

    I'm posting just a few of the photos taken over the past two days.
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  • Day10

    On the Boat

    December 7, 2018 in Chile ⋅ ⛅ 61 °F

    EcoCamp was "glamping", I admit, and our new cruise ship makes us feel like we've retired and gone to heaven. Well, in fact, we are retired and for a few days at least, this is the "Good Place."

    The Ventus is a ritzy floating hotel, which we boarded this evening. With only 25 trips on the Captain's Log (I assume there is such a thing), the ship looks, and is, really new--so we quickly spread our things around the cabin to make it feel lived in. Then we popped up to deck five to join the other 124 passengers for official welcomes and introductions, a few safety guidelines, and a brief look at our ocean-going itinerary.

    Our reward for patience was a strenuous four-course meal in the first deck dining room at 9:00 p.m. Julie and I sat at our assigned table with four congenial table mates (two from Australia, one from Hong Kong, and one from Boulder, CO), blissfully catered to by our ever-attentive waiter, Christian, in fine dress whites. "More wine, madam? Red or white?"
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  • Day72

    Little penguin is at home

    March 13, 2018 in Chile ⋅ 🌬 8 °C

    Letzter Fahrtag, von Rio Grande nach Punta Arenas. Über 400 km, mit Grenze, mit Fähre, mit starkem Wind. Aber es läuft wie geschmiert, und so bleibt Zeit für einen kleinen Abstecher in den Parque Pinguino Rey, Richtung Porvenir. Schließlich gilt es, die Mission zu erfüllen, die Rike uns und vor allem mir aufgetragen hat: "Bring den kleinen Königspinguin sicher zu seinen Artgenossen!"

    Das ist nun gelungen, er hat tapfer 10 Wochen im Seitenkoffer ausgeharrt, sich ab und zu schon einmal in Südamerika umgesehen, aber erst hier - unter seinesgleichen - fühlt er sich richtig wohl, unser kleiner Stoffpinguin, der mittlerweile ja Bonpland heißt. Heimat ist eben da, wo Familie und Freunde sind. Und ohne Heimat ist alles ein Irrtum.

    Wir posieren noch ein wenig mit unserem Maskottchen und dann ist es soweit: Ich übergebe den Plüschvogel an Luis, den Park- und Pinguinwächter, mit der Bitte, ihn in einem geeigneten Moment einem Kind zu schenken. Denn der Pinguin bringt ja nun erwiesenermaßen Glück. Aber Luis findet ebenfalls sofort Gefallen an unserem Tierchen. Ob er ihn jemals wieder herausrückt?
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