Cecile reporting from the deep south…
“While waiting for the Cruise to arrive, I had time to discover this extraordinary town, Punta Arenas, located almost at the end of the continent!
The city, located by the Magellan Strait, started also, like Ushuaia, as a jail, and later after the European immigrants arrived their influence gave the city a cosmopolitan flair. They also brought with them the commercial skills, and at the end of 1800, Punta Arenas had turned into a very flourishing port and city.
Nowadays, it is the main gateway to Chilean Patagonia, Tierra del Fuego and Antarctica, especially for visiting National Park Torres del Paine or to enjoy the cruises sailing around the Cape Horn.
A very nice option for a half a day tour is Fuerte Bulnes: it is the place where Chilean military Forces used to have a fort. Now it is only a place of remembrance, but very well-preserved and it has a wonderful route all by the sea to arrive there. And if you walk a little bit more, you could reach the last point on South American continent!!”