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1. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

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!

Thanks,
Ev

2. Posted by sinfronter (Budding Member 29 posts) 11y

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)

3. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

Thanks Marco! That;s exactly the info I needed;)

4. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y

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...

5. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

Hi Greg

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?

Thanks
Ev;)

6. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y

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.

7. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

Great, thanks! I'll look into it!

8. Posted by FionaNZ (Respected Member 903 posts) 11y

Quoting GregW

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

9. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

I resent that remark! I've never touched a dropped in my life!