Luke Around The World – 20100126 – Punta Arenas, Chile

Punta Arenas is the first stop on my first new trip of 2010. It’s a city I’ve visited a few times before, so know the place quite well. If you want to see southern Chilean Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego, or take a cruise of flight to Antarctica, this will probably be your base. I was here for two days this visit.

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Flying in to Puerto Montt, I saw the Osorno Volcano from the air. This iPhone photo doesn’t do it justice, but it was pretty spectacular.
Flying in to Puerto Montt, I saw the Osorno Volcano from the air. This iPhone photo doesn't do it justice, but it was pretty spectacular.

Punta Arenas is made up of many colorful buildings, which taken as a whole are pretty, though individually quite scruffy.
Punta Arenas is made up of many colorful buildings, which taken as a whole are pretty, though individually quite scruffy.

Another view from the top of the hill above the city center. The people pictured were staying at the nearby hostel.
Another view from the top of the hill above the city center. The people pictured were staying at the nearby hostel.

As I wasn’t paying for my own accommodation, I was put up in the Hotel Cabo de Hornos (Cape Horn) which is one of the largest buildings in the city.
As I wasn't paying for my own accommodation, I was put up in the Hotel Cabo de Hornos (Cape Horn) which is one of the largest buildings in the city.

The new hotel and casino on the sea front.
The new hotel and casino on the sea front.

There’s now easy access to the beach.
There's now easy access to the beach.

The newly refurbished seafront. In a year this will probably be completed and look much nicer. It’s already a huge step up from how it looked two years ago.
The newly refurbished seafront. In a year this will probably be completed and look much nicer. It's already a huge step up from how it looked two years ago.

Birds on one of the old piers.
Birds on one of the old piers.

The Municipal Cemetery.
The Municipal Cemetery.

Walk Upright part 2.
Walk Upright part 2.

My starter at dinner. This beef tasted really, really good.
My starter at dinner. This beef tasted really, really good.

One of the hostels has sign posts pointing to other cities (photo from 2009 trip).
One of the hostels has sign posts pointing to other cities (photo from 2009 trip).

More signs pointing to other cities (photo from 2009 trip).
More signs pointing to other cities (photo from 2009 trip).

Interesting paintwork on a building on the sea front (photo from 2007 trip).
Interesting paintwork on a building on the sea front (photo from 2007 trip).

Next destination: Falkland Islands. Or maybe Montevideo, Uruguay.


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