Here we are back in Chile and one continent closer to home. It was a beautiful day so we went for a walk. It was great to stretch our legs after being on the boat coming across the Drake PassageStrait, connecting the Atlantic and Pacific oceans between Tierra del Fuego and the South Shetland Islands. Located about 100 mi (160 km) north of the Antarctic Peninsula, it is 600 mi (1,000 km) wide.. Punta Arenas is a nice place to wander around. The cemetery is amazing and the hills give you a beautiful view of the area.
While we were at port, the R/V Nathaniel B. Palmer docked behind us. You can see from this picture how much bigger it is than the Laurence M. Gould. If you want to see a more in depth look at it, check out Juan Botella's journals. He was on it for over two months!!
On our plane ride up to Santiago, we got a bird's eye view of the smoldering Puyehue volcano that recently erupted in Chile. Here are a couple shots I took from the plane.