Punta Arenas via Puerto Natales

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Sunrise out of Puerto Natales
Arrived in Puerto Natales this morning at abut 10am, a day late.  Had to wait for some cargo to be off-loaded before the passengers could leave and then we all headed down with our backpacks on - looked like a line of overweight turtles shuffling down the stairs!  We went straight to the bus terminal to buy our tickets for 1pm to Punta Arenas, and then headed back into town for some lunch (quite an expensive lunch, as it turned out).  There is not a lot for sight-seers in Puerto Natales, it is really a jumping-off point for people wanting to go to Torres del Paine.  The bus trip to Punta Arenas took 3 hours, during which time we spotted lots of guanacos, cattle, some lesser rheas and even a Patagonian fox, so quite lucky with the wildlife.  We were met by a few accommodation touts at the station, and after deciding to try and find our own hostal, worked out that the touts are basically those with rooms left, as many hostals close during the off season and most that were open were full.  We ended up at Oro Fueguino, which is a lovely bed and breakfast/guesthouse - quite luxurious for us, but a bit over our budget.  We┬┤re treating it as our 3 days of luxury, and then we take notice of touts when they appear!
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Sunrise out of Puerto Natales
Sunrise out of Puerto Natales
Puerto Natales from the ferry.
Puerto Natales from the ferry.
A lesser rhea on the road to Punta…
A lesser rhea on the road to Punt…
Lake view on the way to Punta Aren…
Lake view on the way to Punta Are…
Autumn colours in Patagonia, near …
Autumn colours in Patagonia, near…
Punta Arenas
photo by: Kramerdude