This was our second trip around the world, From Sydney Australia. We highly recommend LAN which brought us to Santiago, Frutillar and then Puna Arenas.My wife and I traveled by bus, Technic, from Punta Arenas to Ushuaia in October 2011.We arrived in Punta Arenas by plane from Santiago. The plane was buffeted by severe turbulence shortly before it landed in Punata Arenas. We found accommodation at a hostel which we chose via the internet, because the owners were willing to purchase the bus tickets on our behalf before we arrived. Since we had decided to stay only one day in Punta Arenas, this offer was accepted eagerly. Sure, we had to pay extra to the owners of the Hostel for the favour and we did it willingly. Punta Arenas is not a pretty city. Its importance to us was the straits of Majellan. The city is old and needs an uplift.
We left Punta Arenas at about 8.30 a.m. on 7 October. The reason we decided to travel by bus was because we wished to cross the straits of Majellan. We did not imagine that the 12 hours of travel would keep us enthralled by the beauty of the pampas of Patagonia. The land was marshy which provided an ideal ground for birds, for ostriches, for llamas, for foxes. It was an absolute delight spotting them as we drove past. An interesting point about the bus was that the front section was curtained off. This prevented us from seeing the road ahead. Breakfast was served on the bus (included in the ticket). We checked out at the Chilean frontier and shortly after, we presented our passports at the Argentinian frontier. Reciprocity did not exist at this point and we were able to keep the $200 it would have cost us. The straits of Majellan is crossed in a ferry. Cars, buses and trucks are parked in the middle and the passengers are on either side
on a raised platform which enabled us to observe the departure and the arrival on the other side. The sea was calm but the waters of the Atlantic entered the straits with force.
The crossing takes about 45 minutes. From Rio Grande, the trip to Ushuaia along mountains which were covered with snow. This was a very enjoyable trip and we recommend it to others, if you are fortunate as we were, to make this trip.
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