Day 254 – Isla Magdalena

I was supposed to go to Isla Magdalena yesterday but I had incorrectly recalled the departure time of the boat so when I got to the terminal to buy my ticket, I could only buy one for today. The boat had left. 🙁 This morning I packed my things from the hostel and took them all with me when I departed to Isla Magdalena. The plan was to go directly to the bus station from the dock to take my bus to Puerto Natales. That bus would arrive about midnight. There I would meet up with Kevin at Hospedaje Gloria where he had graciously reserved me a room. I had met Kevin in Ushuaia and had shared a tent with him for a few nights. I was excited to board the ship since this time I would be getting off and walking by the penguins. The last time was great…

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Day 252 – 253 – Punta Arenas, the exploration continues

The following days in Punta Arenas I explored the city, attempted to find a pair of boots within a certain price range, did some food shopping, and had my laundry done. I did visit the cemetery and while nice, it was something I could have probably skipped. For me the most interesting part about it were the varying names on the graves. I had ignorantly thought there would only be spanish names but in fact there was an immigrant population of Germans, Croatians, Italians, and English. Croatians being the largest population. There are also some very old mansions off of the main square that are also museums. I opted to enjoy them from the outside only. There was also the cathedral. I think I’ll wait until I am in Chiloe to go into a church. Below are some of the shots from the plaza. I walked the cemetery with a…

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Day 250 – 251 – Exploring Punta Arenas

Punta Arenas is not exactly a destination for tourism but a transient place where many buses, planes, and boats arrive. It has about 130k in population and not very much to do. When I asked what were the popular tourist areas I was told the museums and the cemetery. Yeah the cemetery… The city felt small yet I know I was only in one area of it. It seemed pretty clean and the same varying levels of care for properties that I observed in Argentina were present here. Really nice houses would be next to not so nice homes. A disparity I don’t recall seeing in the states. It really draws your attention. Here are just a few shots of the streets since some of you have asked me for that. The first day in Punta Arenas I met up with the couple I had met on the boat. We…

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Day 249 – A full day on the Yaghan

I slept incredibly well in this reclining chair. If we experienced any waves, I didn’t feel them through the night. This chair was not even the fancy one but the cheapest seat at about $150 for a 30 or so hr trip. The full bed looked like this. It wasn’t all luxury though, the food served on the ship was pretty bad and they didn’t have a cafe where you could buy coffee, tea, hot coco or any other snack. That was something that I found strange. Today’s weather was very overcast so visibility is not what I would have liked. Still I made many trips up to the deck and got to see a few sea lions and a few glaciers. Out of all the pictures this is the one that came out the best. The center bluish strip is the glacier creeping toward the water. At one point…

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Day 248 – The Yaghan Ferry

Today after breakfast I set off to the ferry ticketing office with lots of nervousness. I was going there with Pablo which had a confirmed reservation but he did not wish to leave Puerto Williams yet. Francis, which I had met yesterday and worked at the ticketing office had indicated that there were 5 people on the waiting list so I was nervous that she would have a problem swapping out his name with mine. She had no problems doing it and seemed happy that I made it on. I was confirmed to go. Even after this I was still worried that his receipt already had a change done by hand and now the name had been crossed out and mine was added. Not exactly official but I also saw her change it on the manifesto. I had a few hours before leaving so I took to walking the town…

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