Saturday, December 4, 2010

Wind and sun rule Patagonia

How different. Dusk set in at about 10:45 pm here, in sharp contrast to the 6 or 6:30 pm in Bolivia and the 5 pm in Canada this time of year!
Note the different seasons in the sky!

Yum - veggie dinner!
Ahem, seafood appetizer for Inga :)
On the recommendation of Eduardo, our host at Hostal Independencia, we also found the perfect restaurant: La Marmita. Yes, we had to go to the end of the world to get an amazing vegetarian meal!

Inga´s meal consisted of a seafood appetizer (wonder if they came from the Atlantic or Pacific - after all they converge near here!) followed by a delicious lamb stew. YUM!

Pisco Sour a la Marmita!
With apologies to Peru, we had the best Pisco Sours ever right here in Punta Arenas, at La Marmita.

Our toasty room is right here.

View from our window.
 Back to our Hostal: Here are a couple of views of the camping area and our toasty room.

Windy it is here. Something to get used to.Actually, they call summer also "the windy season". Seems odd but it is true! Coming in the dark of winter means little snow. Coming in the midst of sunny summer means wind, sleet, hail, snow and balmy sun can happen all in one short moment.
Dogs rule here. Many roam freely through towns and cities.

Hi Jan! Is it windy?


  1. This is the final post for my wonderful Sunday armchair adventure.
    Before I start, I just want to say thanks so much for being such good responders to all my questions. And now for the next bunch....
    What's the population of Punta Arenas? La Marmita looks like a 3 or 4 star restaurant. The food pictures made me drool. I took a look at their website and they have quite a staff. Was the meal as expensive as it looks?
    You must be experiencing lovely long days. What time does the sun rise? You still have two weeks of days getting longer.
    Jan, your picture reminds me of me in Newfoundland. St John's is windy all the time, weather turning at the drop of a hat.
    Mean temperature right now is?
    Are you spending your day today getting set for your adventures in Torres del Paine? With your revised schedule, how long do you plan to travel in that area?
    It's Sunday. Eat, drink and be good to yourselves.

    Miss ya!

  2. We actually spent over $100 bucks on this dinner. But $40 was for a lovely red, Chilean, of course. Main course is like $10 to $13. Not as cheap as Peru or Bolivia but way cheaper than Canada!
    Punta Arenas has about 125,000 inhabitants.
    No idea when the sun rises - it´s already up when we wake up.It sets around 10:45 pm right now.
    Daytime high: windy and about 14 C,
    Night time low: windy and 2 C


    PS: We spent the day visiting with penguins ... see new post...