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The Glaciers of Tiera del Fuego at the Southern Tip of Chile

As you sail the Beagle Channel westward from Argentina to Punta Arenas you will see six spectacular glaciers. The are named for countries in Europe.

HOLANDA, ITALIA, FRANCIA, ALEMANIA, ROMANCHE, ESPANA

To the right is the Italia Glacier as it spills out of the mighty Andes Mountains.

Beagle Glacier
Cormorants Seals


Wildlife at the Southern Tip of Chile

Surrounded by icy seas, the windy and stormy tip of South America’s mainland teems with wildlife.

Pictured are seals and Cormorants on an island in the Estrecho de Magallanes or Straits of Magellan.

You will also find many kinds of penguins as well as land animals like llamas, puma, deer, and bird, birds, birds.

Unknown Indian


The Monument at the Tomb of the Unknown Indian, Punta Arenas

The native Indians were hunted down and killed from 1880 until 1930 when the last ones were annihilated.

It is a strange twist that one of the victims is now honored like a saint and given the power to grant spiritual and material favors to the descendants of those who killed his people all the way to extinction.

In the picture you see the appeals posted around his grave. Gifts and flowers are placed on the figure and at his feet.


Punta Estancia


Chilean Estancia

One of the options while you are in Chile is to visit a farm or Estancia. They usually have a bar-b-que meal included. You may get to ride horses. You will definitely get to pet a llama. Pictured are some nice fat ones waiting to be sheared.

If this is not your thing, wait until you get further north and nearer Santiago. There they have many, many wineries and wine tasting tours.



Over the South Pacific

Once you exit the Beagle Channel and the Straits of Magellan you have more than a 400 mile run north up the coast of Chile past Patagonia to Valpariso.

Patagonia is best viewed from land and is worth adding a few days to your trip to go into the National Parks there.

The coast is often stormy. The sun breaking through the clouds made this late afternoon picture special.

Sunset

 

Valparaíso


Also known as Little San Francisco and The Jewel of the Pacific this historic city is built upon dozens of steep hillsides overlooking the Pacific Ocean. It is a major seaport and where cruise ships rounding South America stop to reprovision and embark passengers.

Valparaíso boasts a labyrinth of streets and cobblestone alleyways with a rich variety of architectural styles. It has a unique cultural legacy. Valparaíso is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 

Valpariso
Vina del Mar

 

Viña del Mar

Spanish for “vineyard by the sea,” is simply called “Viña” by Chileans, or sometimes “Garden City.” Among the largest resorts on the South American Pacific, Viña del Mar teams with locals doing fitness on the beach, sunbathers, and seaside cliff dwelling condos. There are fairs and markets, cafes, and modern hotels.

Once your ship docks, head here and party with the locals.


Easter Island

Rapa Nui (Easter Island) is located 2,300 miles off Chile's west coast and is part of Chile. Giant statues ring its shores. Called Moai the statues appear to guard the ocean. We do not know who made it them. There are many theories on how they got there.

Pictured to the right is a restaurant entrance in Santiago. A very popular evening is to go to a Moai restaurant for ethnic food, music, and dancing.

Restaurant
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