Sunday, November 19, 2006
Still Chilly in Chile
After our Patagonian adventure we still had a little time in Southern Chile to enjoy the windeswept towns of Punta Arenas and Puerto Natales. Punta Arenas is located right on the Straight of Magellan and much of the city is dedicated to this history. We visited the square, several museums, drank lots of hot beverages and Austral beer to stay warm and visited the Magellanic penguins . A colony of over 5000 penguins live near the city of Punta Arenas part of the year. The other part of the year they live in Brazil. On the way we saw the Nandu, a rare ostrich like bird discovered by Darwin himself after he ate one and realized it was a new species. We spent a little over an hour watching the antics of the penguins as they crawled out of the sea after a day of hunting.