Strait of MagellanDecember 22, 2016 in Chile ⋅ 🌫 1 °C
Exit Argentina at San Sebastian, enter Chile at San Sebastian. We head north on a full day’s drive, including a ferry crossing of the infamous Magellan Straits and enter Chile. Tonight we bush camp for the night. Drive time – 9 hours. (please note that all drive times given here are approximate estimates only and are given with the best intentions – however please be aware that the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors – flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).
Separatieng Tierra del Fuego from mainland Argeninta are the infamous Strait of Magellan. This treacherous stretch of water is about 500km long and takes it’s name from the explorer Magellan who first navigated these waters in 1520. It was the only ship out of a total of 17 attempting the passage that successfully managed to reach the Pacific. Before the Panama Canal was built, the Strait provided a useful route between Chile, Peru and Europe, and though they are less important as a major shipping route today, they still see a fair amount of traffic. Positioned along the southern edges of the South American continent, this once-vital passageway is named for the Portuguese adventurer, Ferdinand Magellan, the first explorer to circumnavigate the globe. His chosen route around the continent in 1520 (shown with red arrows) though dangerous at times, proved to be the fastest and safest connection between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans for sea-going commerce and exploration. Sheltered by mainland South America and the islands of the Tierra Del Fuego archipelago, this route was considered much safer than the Drake Passage, a more violent stretch of chaotic water between Antarctica and South America, one 1 by icebergs and plagued by gale-force winds. Located on the Strait of Magellan, Chile's Punta Arenas was once one of the most important supply stops for mariners of the day, until the Panama Canal opened in 1914.
Das wird heute ein sehr langer Tag. Wir fahren weiter durch eine flache und sehr windige Gegend, die für Schafe und offensichtlich auch Pinguine interessant ist.
Wir überqueren die Magellan Straße mit einer Fähre bei geschätzter Windstärke 6 - 7. Die Überfahrt hat knapp 20 Minuten gedauert und war ein tolles Erlebnis.
Bush camp direkt an der Magellan Straße. Hier wird klar, dass ich mich nicht warm genug angezogen habe. Friere die ganze Nacht im Zelt ....Read more