Hospedaje y Mejicana
Calle Mejicana N0 1174, Punta Arenas, .XII region, Chile
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Penguins at the beach
cruising in Patagonia is really GREAT !!!
Captain Adolfo Andresen's tomb
We are coming from Puerto Natales to Punta Arenas in the morning but will be catching a late flight to Santiago. We are really hoping to tour Isla Magdalenas but have no idea what to do with our luggage. Do you know if there is a left luggage facility at the Punta Arenas Airport or in town? Would we be able to check in almost 12 hours in advance? Or if the tour company (Comapa, I think) will be able to store the bags for us?
I suppose worse case is that we could drag it with us to the Island but that is really not preferred. Thank you.
Re: Luggage storage
I can't remember if the airport has a luggage storage facility (custodia) but it probably does. All bus stations do, just check the access times. The tour company could store them too. I don't think you will have to drag them with you! They won't let you check in for your flight so early.
Travel Tips for Punta Arenas
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Monumento Natural Los Pingno. This is a must see sight.
97 ha in the middle of the Magellan Strait which is home to up to 50,000 penguins.
Not just penguins mate here but also Imperial and Falkland cormorants and common and Austral seagulls plus some foxes,
You can also walk up the hill and check out the old lighthouse. The views from there are great.
Listen to penguin talk in Seno Otway
Around Punta Arenas, two major colonies of Magallanes Penguins are located, one on Isla Magdalena, the other at Seno Otway.
We have visited the Seno Otway colony, took a bus tour with Viento Sur (price per ticket: 10 USD + 2 USD entrance fee).
It's fun to watch the penguins walking like Charlie Chaplin in groups towards the sea, eventually meeting groups that just come back from fishing - when they meet, the "group bosses" vigorously chatter for a while. You can almost hear them how they give the best tips for fishing grounds.
Then one group gets back to the baby penguins for feeding, the other one hops into the sea for fishing :-)
Kiss the finger of the Indian Magallanes
The local people say, that if you kiss the finger of the Magellan’s Indian (native Selk’nam) at the Plaza Muñoz Gamero, you will return to the Patagonia. I do not believe in superstitions but it kisses it anyway. Ja j aja j aja jaja.
“ La tradición dice, que si besas el dedo del indio de Magallanes (nativo Selk’nam) en la Plaza Muñoz Gamero, volverás a la Patagonia. No creo en supersticiones pero lo bese de todos modos. Ja j aja j aja jaja. .
Take a look upstrairs
Take a look upstairs inside the Museum Sara Braun as well. There is a large billiard-room and the former sleeping-rooms of Sara Braun.
On my main photograph : the beautiful entrance-hall of the museum Sara Braun. See that round balcony on top of the ceiling, a funny idea of the architect in order to get some extra light into the entrancehall.
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