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Punta Arenas

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We arrived in Punta Arenas in the middle of the night and after 30 hours of traveling we just wanted to lay down and sleep.  We took a taxi straight to our couchsurfing host´s house and went straight to bed. The next day our host, Agustina, took us for a great walk through the city and along the shore of the Magellan Straight.  We stopped for some amazing King crab Empanadas.  There´s a hill in the middle of the city with a lookout where you have a beautiful panoramic view of the city, the Straight, and Tierra Del Fuego on the other side  of the water.

The next day we took a ferry to Isla Magdalena, also known as Penguin Island because it is the nesting site of over 120 000 penguins.  It was a two hour ride one way to get there and along the way we saw hundreds of birds, as well as a group of seals and penguins jumping through the waves.  The island itself was roped off leaving tourists a well controlled 1.5km corridor to walk though to observe but not disturb the birds (though one of them bit Jason´s boot anyways). There were baby penguins everywhere!  They were almost as big as their parents but were covered in their baby fluff.  The wait and journey to get to this island was long but well worth it.

The next morning we packed our bags and hit the road southbound towards Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world.

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