There was something strangely satisfying about walking alongside the Strait of Magellan when we arrived in Punta Arenas at sunset (1030PM) after a long journey on January 15.
We left Puerto Guadal in Northern Patagonia, drove about five hours on the Carretera Austral to the airstrip in Balmaceda, flew to Puerto Montt and then connected to Punta Arenas. The scenery along the Carretera Austral was, as always, fantastic and provided a pleasing distraction from the rough, dusty, twisty road.
Our positive feelings about Punta Arenas didn’t flow exclusively from the long, bumpy ride south. The city has good vibe (buena onda). After ditching our stuff in the hotel, we walked around the Plaza Armas and admired the geographical and nautical themed statues. There were many old buildings around the square, including this lovely church, which I shot handheld with the Fuji XE-2 and 23/1.4.
We wandered around for a little while longer and then crashed hard. In the morning, Hernan drove us to Tierra Patagonia. We saw thousands of sheep along the way.