On Tuesday the 21st, it is time to pack our bags and leave Puerto Natales, Chile and head to Punta Arenas, about 150 miles to the southeast.
We occasionally saw "Rhea's", a large ostrich like bird.
On Wednesday, the 22nd of March, 2006 we head out to Island Magdalena, where 200,000 penguins live. The males show up and dig their burrows. The females then swim from 1,500 miles away and show up on one day, looking for their life long spouse, which they recognize by their mating calls.
Getting ready to head to another island. Another nice day!
On Thursday the 23rd, we leave Puerto Arenas and cross the Straight of Magellan, to the town of to Ushuaia.
The day involved a 24 mile ferry ride across the Straight of Magellan to the town of Porvenir, Chile. Then 100+ miles of dirt road to the east coast of Tierra del Fuego, and enter Argentina. Then about 150 miles of asphalt to the town of Ushuaia, Argentina. The end of the line!
After crossing the Straight, we follow the coast line for many miles.
As we look out over the Straights of Magellan, it finally hits us on how far we have traveled.
So, that is it up to Friday the 23rd. And it also brings an end to our travels in Chile
(although we will have to cross a small corner of Chile to get back to the Argentine mainland).
Chile will always have a warm spot in our hearts. We will return........
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