01.12.2011 - 02.12.2011 17 °C
Been relaxing, drinking coffee and eating chocolate for a couple of lazy days in Punta Arenas.
That all came to a screaching halt this afternoon when we participated in the 'Chile Preparado', a city wide earthquake and tsunami full scale drill. Taken under the wings of our hotel staff and whisked away to the meeting point up on a small hill (not sure how much protection this actualy would have given us??) and stood around laughing and chatting with the locals until given the all clear. It was exiting to see thousands of people moving from the city up the hill, including young children from child care centres in shopping trolleys and school children holding hands in files of two.
During our time here we have also taken in the sights. It is a lovely city. We have seen the city from La cruz lookout, the main square, a couple of museums and their cemetery which was very interesting. Their mausoleums are massive.
There has been plenty of time to fit everything in as the daylight hours are quite long here. The sun starts coming up around 4am and it does not get dark until around 11pm. It is a bit hard to get used to but we will need to get used to it as the lower we go down into Chile the longer the daylight hours will be.
We have been really lucky with the weather and today was so clear that when visiting the lookout we were able to see right across the Magellanes Strait to Tierra Del Fuego.
Tomorrow we head off on our 5 day adventure on the MV Stella Australis down the Magellanes Strait and through the glaciers of Patagonia. We will be out of contact for this time as their is no Internet access. Stay tuned, next update in a few days.