I'm thinking of going to Punta Arenas, and I'm wondering if it's possible to travel overland all the way from Santiago? Also, I have no idea of how long this might take realistically?
If anyone can give any info, I'd really appreciate it!
Yes, but you´d have to cross into Argentina. I don´t dare to estimate your travel time because there is an awfull lot to see on the way:
First take a bus to Osorno (great trekking near Pucón, Villarica etc.)
Take a bus to Bariloche (Arg) from there, very nice scenery on the road, in Bariloche a lot to do). From there you take the "ruta 40" to the south, wich passes El Bolson (hippie village), Esquel (great National Park), Cueva de las manos (prehistoric rock-paintings), Chaltén and Calafate (trekking). From there the ruta goes into PUerto Natales / Punta Arenas again.
The other alternative is the NAVIMAG "cruise". Expensive and not extremely confy, but great fun (& views if you´re lucky with the weather)
Thanks Marco! That;s exactly the info I needed
I loved the Navimag ferry. It's a nice relaxing 4 days where you just hang out and talk with other travellers and drink (though bring your own wine on board - the bar is both expensive and not available 24 hours).
Of course, I like boats and had good weather...
I was reading about that in the Rough Guide. It looks great! but I'm just wondering how much it's likely to cost. Can you remember?
I can do one better - you can look up the latest prices (and even book on-line) at their fancy website: Navimag.
The cost depends on the season. I booked a A cabin, but really it wasn't worth it. If you like drinking and sleep well if you drink, then book a C cabin.
Great, thanks! I'll look into it!
I booked a A cabin, but really it wasn't worth it. If you like drinking and sleep well if you drink, then book a C cabin.
She's Irish, what do you reckon Greg
I resent that remark! I've never touched a dropped in my life!