Punta Arenas is the largest city in the Patagonian region. We didn’t have too much planned here other then walking around the city. Not making plans turned out to be a good thing because we were a few hours late getting in. Apparently the weather was bad in the Strait of Magellan and the pilot couldn’t board our ship to bring us the rest of the way in to Punta Arenas, so we drifted in the strait for hours (we were sleeping through all of this).
We still had a nice time and found a cute café with wifi to catch up on emails. We walked around the city on another one of Gordon’s walking tours which was pretty good. It was a bit chilly in Patagonia and we had several layers on to be comfortable.
At the center of the main square is a bronze statue of Ferdinand Magellan, the legendary explorer who visited Patagonia in the 1500s. Below Magellan sits an indigenous Patagonian and local legend says that a kiss to the statue’s foot will bring you good luck and calm seas as you pass through the Drake Passage’s notoriously rough waters. Gordon kissed the toe just for me and then hand sanitized his lips 😬
After getting back on the ship we enjoyed happy hour watching the gorgeous scenery as we made our way towards Glacier Alley.
The next day was a scenic cruising day through Glacier Alley enroute to Ushuaia, Argentina. All we can say is that the scenery in Patagonia is incredible!
Where we stayed: Holland America Zandaam Mid-Ship Lower Promenade Deck 👍