Glacier Alley, Beagle Channel

Glacier Alley is an appropriately named part of the Beagle Channel (at the bottom tip of South America), home to six rather sizable glaciers in the space of an hour and a half of cruising along the channel. The glaciers are all named (in Spanish) after countries, and starting from the west are the Espana…

Chilean street art

I didn’t just find street art in Santiago, but in almost every place I visited along the Chilean coast, adding colour and interest. Even the drabbest of places, and Puerto Montt clearly had had better times, are improved by a bit of street art. I particularly liked the ever narrowing wall space and the choice of…

Punta Arenas, Chile

I first visited Punta Areaas, the second most southernly city in the world (after Ushuaia, the next stop), two years ago and thought that I would never return. Thankfully I did as a few evening hours that time around weren’t enough to properly explore what is initially (particularly from the port 5km from the city…

Santiago to Puerto Chacabuco by sea

The main reason I took my first cruise was to be able to see things you can’t see by land, primarily Antarctica, but also the coast of South America, mainly Chile. This is home to some spectacular scenery, not easily accessible other than from the water. Our starting point of San Antonio, 115km from Santiago,…

Puerto Chacabuco, Chile

The port for the Aysen region of Chile, Puerto Chacabuco is a small, evocative place, surrounded by sea, lakes, misty forested hills, and snow capped mountains. We anchored in the bay, with a short tender ride taking us ashore. Beyond the scenery the shipwreck of the Vina del Mar was the first thing that caught…

Castro, Chile

Castro is a rather pleasant place to wander around by foot for half a day exploring, particularly on a sunny day. On Chiloe Island, it is Chile’s third oldest city, dating from 1576, and home to 40,000 people. It made a colourful impression from the start with the striking green seaweed by the boat ramp…