After sailing through a portion of the Strait of Magellan, we arrived at Punta Arenas in the late afternoon. “Punta” the capital city of Chile's southernmost region Magallanes and Antartida Chilena. It is a vibrant city of over 120,000 people, with amenities you would not expect is such a remote locale. Remember, we are over 2000 kms south of the Chilean capital of Santiago. As we approached the wharf around supper time, a large pod of Dusky Dolphins greeted us, swimming along side and playing in the bow wave.
Once we had cleared customs into Chile, passengers going to Torres del Paine National Park left the ship for what will be a marvelous time. Others left the ship to explore the city, and the rest keenly anticipated the excursions tomorrow.