Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Veendam Day 12 - Punta Arenas, Chile

Patagonia’s largest and most commercially important city, Punta Arenas, Chile is the capital of the Magallenes Province. Located on the western side of the Strait of Magellan, between the Pacific and Atlantic Ocean, at the foot of the Andes, Punta Arenas was once the stomping ground for European explorers, entrepreneurs, and adventurers. Now, Punta Arenas’ economy is based on farming, oil exploration and tourism. The port provides a base for South Atlantic fishing boats and Antarctic research vessels. The weatherworn streets of this bustling, active city of 100,000 are a mixture of old mansions (built during the wool boom of the late 19th century), cathedrals, homes with colorful corrugated rooftops, high rise office buildings and modern hotels. From English sheepherders to Portugese sailors, this area is a melting pot of various cultures.

We are here for the day...but are staying onboard. Jim caught Janet's cold, and this is just not a very interesting port, in our humble opinion.

The internet goes down frequently being this far south. Having is Good!


Joy said...

I hope you and Dick can avoid that cold, and that both Jim and Janet feel better soon and can enjoy the cruise experience to the fullest! Miss you.

Sandee said...

I'm sorry that the cold is making its rounds. I so hate that and especially when you are on a cruise. I hope everyone gets well soon.

Enjoy your day aboard. Big hugs. :)

Linda said...

Ut-oh, hope you can avoid that cold that's going around - being sick on a cruise can't be any fun at all (though it would still have to beat being sick at home!).

Janelee said...

We are so sorry that you didn't explore in Punta Arenas. We had a great time wandering around the lovely town. One of the ship's crew told us about a great restaurant which served fabulous fish. That was also where we found an Internet Cafe that charged very little to use a computer. Of course, the gentleman sitting next to me had to explain a couple of keys on the keyboard that weren't the same as ours. Did you see the penguins at Port Stanley??

ivana said...

Ciao Sandy!

I hope you get no cold...
Have fun on the ship, you'll have many other ports and town to see!!!

Till soon!