Torres del Paine National Park was a relaxing way to decompress from work and the long journey getting ready and travelling to South America. I was starting to feel acclimatised after the heat and humidity of summer at home (too hot to try on any merino layers before i left!!) and getting used to living out of backpacks and wearing lots more clothes than usual. My next plan was to take a sea journey from the mainland of South America to Tierra del Fuego, to join the ship in Ushuaia.
From Punta Arenas I took a ferry west through the Straits of Magellan, then out into the Pacific Ocean and south to duck back into protected waters in glacial fiords that eventually connect up with the Beagle Channel Holly’s HB update #13 (see next update for a map of our voyage). We saw heaps of whales, including orcas and minkes. After 2 days of motoring through Tierra del Fuego, we landed in Puerto Williams, which is across the Beagle Channel from Ushuaia. Puerto Williams is in Chile, and Ushuaia is in Argentina. They are such different towns, Puerto Williams has about 400 residents and nothing much happens there. The shops are closed most of the time, and it is cold and windy. A very good place to catch up on Homeward Bound homework, sitting by the fire in my hostal, which is inhabited by Chileans who work in Puerto Williams and rent rooms here.
In between study sessions by the fire, I took walks around town, and to the yacht harbour to drool at the sailboats rigged heavily for the Southern Ocean.