The most beautiful flight (Santiago – Punta Arenas)

The flight Santiago – Punta Arenas is a beautiful flight, especially if the day is bright and sunny outside the window. If you add to this a cool captain who tells the passengers from his cabin about all the geological wonders that the plane is crossing then it is not only a beautiful flight, it’s a fantastic flight!

YX6A9573Web

Volcán Antuco v

YX6A9584Web

YX6A9592Web

Volcán Villarrica v

YX6A9595Web

YX6A9615Web

Mythical Fitz Roy v

YX6A9651Web

Campos de Hielo v

YX6A9658Web

YX6A9665Web

Torres del Paine v

YX6A9676Web

I visited Punta Arenas in 2011 and I liked its special pioneer atmosphere. Its wild weather (strong winds, all the seasons in one day) gives the city an “end of the world” feeling as well.

Three years later, I found Punta Arenas prettier than I remembered it, the city is making big efforts on its public spaces (more colorful, new public furniture) to look more welcoming. Its tourist agencies also look much more organized trying to attract tourists with the classical tours and other new ones. These tours are a little bit pricier though.

YX6A9805Web

In 2011 I did Punta Arena’s main tours so on my first day I preferred to walk around the city and along its Avenida Costanera (coastal walk). For those who don’t want to pay for the penguins tour, la costanera is full of cormorants, which look more or less like penguins and you can see them for free 😉

YX6A9714Web

On my second day I went to hike inside Reserva Nacional Magallanes. This park was created to protect some local wildlife species like the puma, juarjual duck, white owl and red fox.

I walked two of its main hikes, the one to Mirador Zapador Austral and the path to Mirador las Minas. The first walk (5km one way, 1.5hr) crossed beautiful forests of lenga, Magellan coigüe and ñirre and ended with incredible views over the city and Estrecho de Magallanes.

YX6A9772Web

YX6A9793Web

The second walk (2.9km, 1h) was less interesting but there was a “mirador” on the way also with beautiful views.

It was a nice day and the perfect warm- up for my next destination, Torres del Paine!

My Tips :

  • Viento Sur offers a scheduled transport service to the reserve for 300 pesos (0.48USD). A taxi asks 3000 pesos (4.8USD) for the ride and travel agencies propose tours for 80USD with 4 hours in the park;
  • Lomito’s is my favourite place in Punta Arenas for a burger and a schop, I love this place!

Another post about Punta Arenas and surroundings, from my 2011 trip:

http://holaworld.fr/a-day-with-the-penguins-and-other-beasts/

Permanent link to this article: http://holaworld.fr/the-most-beautiful-flight/

8 comments

Skip to comment form

    • A on 19 February 2015 at 12:20

    Ahhhh you got a good flight too! It’s lovrly isn’t it!

      • Elisa on 24 February 2015 at 18:45
        Author

      Yes! The most beautiful flight in my opinion 😉

    • josep on 19 February 2015 at 20:32

    HOLA ELI QUE FOTOS TAN BONITAS DESDE EL AVIÓN Y LOS PINGUINOS QUE GRACIOSOS, TAMBIÉN ME HAN GUSTADO MUCHO LOS

    MOAIS QUE PENA QUE ESTÉN TAN LEJOS PARA PODERLOS VISITAR UN ABRAZO FUERTE LA MAMA

      • Elisa on 24 February 2015 at 18:46
        Author

      Els pingüins els vaig veure en el 2011 així que aquest cop no vaig repetir però sí, són molt macos!!

    • Malena on 20 February 2015 at 05:16

    I must say that I said WOW several times when I looked at the photos from the plane! So impressive!

      • Elisa on 24 February 2015 at 18:47
        Author

      The nature in Chile is always WOW, impressive landscapes anywhere, Malena!

    • Nuria on 25 February 2015 at 15:25

    Oooohhhhh! quines fotos!!

      • Elisa on 25 February 2015 at 17:01
        Author

      Aquest vol ées molt espectacular!

Comments have been disabled.