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Punta Arenas – Lands End

Breakfast at Hostal Oro Fueguino Photo, Chile, South America

Punta Arenas was where we connect our flight to Santiago. We spent a couple of nights here at the very colorful Hostal Oro Fueguino nearby Cruz Hill. Punta Arenas is much bigger than Puerto Natales, we get around by Taxi and walking.

We followed certain guide book’s recommendation and went to Mt. Fenton in Reserve Forestal Magallanes for a panoramic view. They charged us US$15 to go up the hill regardless of whether we hiked or took the chairlift. It was a clear windy day, the view was so so, the wind was strong, and the walk downhill was muddy. On the contrary, the Cruz Hill Lookout (Mirador La Cruz) was free and much more interesting with its colorful neighborhood. The view up here sure beats the one on Cerro Mirador at Mt. Fenton.

Another interesting place to visit is the Municipal cemetery, about 20 minutes walk from Plaza Munoz Gamero. Here, the wealthy built fancy mausoleums for their families while others adorned the graves of their dearly departed in personal and colorful style.

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