Punta Arenas (4 – 7 February)

After a long hike, we decided to take a few days off and rest in Punta Arenas. We found an overnight stay at Airbnb at a reasonable price. Through the difficulties, we found the right house because here it is customary to give directions to turn right on this street and to the left from this house instead of just giving the address. For us this is, of course, a mystery, because nowadays, Google Maps does the job for you. Anyway, when we arrived, the house was empty and we waited until the host arrived home (he said to be there 10-15 minutes, but it took much more for him !). Then the host began to prepare the room for us, ie to install a bed there. Jaanus was able to put his hands on – otherwise, we would have to have waited for ages probably. Finally, we got into the room and, in principle, we fell asleep immediately, since we were still very tired after the hike. The next day it turned out that our bedroom floor was floating. We then asked the host for advice on what to do he just gave us a new room. We didn’t complain because now we got a room with a window. This is perhaps one of the most colorful events we have so far had with the hostels.

Punta Arenas is a lovely little town. We picked a couple of sights we wanted to see. One of them was the Magalhaes Museum. Since it was out of town, we had to organize ourselves somehow again on the collectivo. It went over the stones and stumps because again we were confused about the collective concept. We thought the collectivo was something like a minibus because it had a number. It turned out, however, that collectivos were quite ordinary taxi-like cars that can accommodate 4 passengers and the number marks the route that the taxi driver drives. Anyway, the driver of our collective was so good and brought us to the museum despite the route he was driving he would have had to dropped us a few kilometers before. The museum itself was, unfortunately, not a big deal. There were a couple of relatively poorly made Magalhaes ships and a few newer ships. A little disappointed, we drove back to the city and hoped to see something more exciting there.

Since our stomachs were empty, we went to see the local market. We were said there is the best seafood dishes around there. Nearly 10 of the mini restaurants we chose between we ordered a salmon and paila de marina or seafood soup . The food was delicious, but still quite expensive considering that we ate on the market 😊

In addition, we were able to find out that one of the Baltic ladies, Sara Barun lived in Punta Arenas. She had married a local wealthy man who died as a young man. So the woman was lonely with the wealth and wanted to make something important with that money. Thus, for example, he helped those who had distress situations during their polar journey to Antarctica and, in addition, decided to build a mighty graveyard in Punta Arenas. She certainly did a lot more things, but these are the most spectacular ones what the locals told us. We also visited this mighty cemetery. For us, this was really different experience, because the cemetery in Estonia is certainly not so overwhelming.

As we walked around in the city, we managed to also see two so-called observation platforms. From there, you can admire the view of the sea and cruise ships that bring thousands of tourists. And to be honest, there seemed to be nothing more to look at in a small town there. So we fled from the cold wind to the sunny Santiago.

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