Day 35 May 22

Countries 5    Hotels 14    Cars 34

Flights 10:flying time 43.47 hours

Rickshaws 4    Buses 2    Elephant 1    Boat 1

Cog-wheel train 2    Cable cars 4    Subway 4    Ferry 2

Minibus 14    Coach 2    Catamaran 1


The issue with being almost on the edge of the earth is that it takes a long time to get back to not being on the edge of the earth.  So today began at 9.30 am, with a three hour drive even further south to Punta Arenas airport.  The drive was on very long, very straight roads with vast plains bordered by mountains.  The airport had a decent restaurant, which I wasn’t expecting, so I was able to have a nice lunch  before my flight.  The first flight was to Puerto Montt, where I had an hours wait while passengers disembarked/embarked, the crew changed and the aircraft refuelled.  I landed at Santiago around 6.30 pm and by the time I met my driver it was dark so I didn’t get to see much of the city on the way to my hotel.  The highlight of the day was on the first flight, my guide at Puerto Natales told me I would have a great view of Torres del Paine on the flight, however I was on the wrong side of the plane to see the park, instead I had to put up with views of ice fields, snow capped mountains, and a glacier.

 

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