Alexandra Shackleton is in Punta Arenas, extreme south of Chile to open an exhibition dedicated to her grandfather, the great British Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton, who became world famous for his resilience, courage and determination in rescuing his stranded crew from the frozen continent, and in which the Chilean navy played a crucial role. Read full article
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I enjoyed all my visits to Punta Arenas. So much to see in the museums. So much that connects Britain and Chile. Thrilling to see a replica of Shackletons small craft alongside Magellans tiny ship. And the open air museum with the many examples of British produced machinery. And of course the original map clearly showing our Falkland Islands.Jul 08th, 2016 - 09:54 am - Link - Report abuse 0
A very pleasant small city with great cafes restaurants and parks and nearby stunning wildlife and vistas. Modern hospital with a CT scanner too. Go if you get the chance.
@1 - If you have not already done so, the small maritime museum on Pedro Montt in Punta Arenas is worth a visit. A few blocks away is the Chilean Antarctic Institute and there you can usually pick up some nice (and free) publications that cover the results of the research and study work that they sponsor in Antarctica and southern Patagonia. They also offer a free guidebook that points you to locations of interest related to Shackleton's time in Punta Arenas. For a decent, quick fish lunch, the second floor of the municipal fish market. Over in the Zona Franca, don't be surprised if you run into a Falkland Islander or two, stocking up on tools, tyres, or other items under the low-tax regimen there, for transport to the islands. The Argentines from Tierra del Fuego also come to Punta Arenas for shopping for certain items that just don't seem to be available in Argentina, such as parts for Toyota models that are actually assembled in Argentina.Jul 09th, 2016 - 03:33 am - Link - Report abuse 0
The writer of the article, however, needs some help. ....the scout ship Yelcho.... is an error. The Yelcho was a combination cutter and tugboat. It was built in Scotland. The UK provided the majority of the technology that made development possible in the southern regions of both Chile and Argentina. Even the sheep that made that made those economies possible came from the Falklands and elsewhere around the Commonwealth.
Marti, La Luna is worth a visit (apart from a few Malvinista scribles). Is that table for folk like Nostrils who see the world from a different point of view?Jul 09th, 2016 - 02:16 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
@3 La Luna isn't bad, though there is nothing that excels. It fits the local demands for mediocre fare. If a client is paying the bill then we'll go to Sotito's or Los Ganaderos for dinner (though both suffered in the flooding a few years ago). Otherwise there is Sabores on Mejicana.Jul 09th, 2016 - 06:34 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
Since the municipalidad reworked the costanera (actually an improvement) and installed that silly sculpture ( not an improvement) I found a little café on the beach side of the costanera, a good place to get out of the rain and cold, pop open the computer, suck up their wifi and coffee, and watch the ships at harbour. The rust-bucket Chinese fishing boats tend to moor a little further south. But at the muelle as often as not there is a ship coming from or going to Antarctica, and the US icebreaker Nathaniel Palmer has been there frequently. And then, to stay in line with the article, there is always the Shackleton Bar !