Antarctica and Patagonia: An Adventure on the Seabourn Quest - Part IX (Punta Arenas & Goldring Travel Goes Local and Culinary) - Travels Blogs

Antarctica and Patagonia: An Adventure on the Seabourn Quest - Part IX (Punta Arenas & Goldring Travel Goes Local and Culinary)



The Seabourn Quest's Antarctic Adventure continued its Patagonia segment in Punta Arenas, Chile.  I had nothing in particular planned, so it was a great day to just wander...in the sun, in the rain, in the sun, in the rain, in the wind...and eventually in the WIND!

Imperial Cormorant coming in for a landingPunta Arenas, Chile itself is not a terribly compelling town, but there were a number of tours that required the Seabourn Quest to have a long day in port.  I was relieved (happy") to be on my own for an extended period so that I could walk miles of the beach and coast of the Straits of Magellan as I still was working hard on processing "Antarctica"; even just getting my head better around the scale of it.
The Seabourn Quest now seems so powerful and makes a definite statement, but in Antarctica it was quite insignificant both in stature and size; requiring due care that something as simple as ice could block her course or could even disable her.  As I walked down the course black and grey sand beach I turned back to see the Seabourn Quest and thought, "What a trip!  If a person saw her at the pier they would never know the experiences she just provided to her guests."

Seabourn Quest docked in Punta Arenas, ChileWhile I was a bit disappointed with the garbage on the shore, the bird life was exciting.  (I was told that seal and whale watching from the shore can be good, but I had no luck, though I think the winds wh...
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