Brigadoon - An Occasional Corner on the Internet
Designed by Mark Little
South America January to April 2017
The next stop after the Amalia Glacier was Punta Arenas, or to be more precise, the ship moored at Puerto del Estrencho (Port of the Straight), which is a free port (zona franca).
There was some confusion about the time for the tour to start, so there was a bit of time spent admiring what would have been a very impressive clock in its day and looking at the handicraft store .
The name Punta Areas is believed to be a literal translation of its English name "Sandy Point". Puntas Arenas is the largest city south of the 46th parallel - a latitude equivalent to the southern end of the South Island of New Zealand.
Once the tout mini-bus arrived, the first stop was the city cemetery with is elaborate mausoleums and rows of neatly trimmed trees.
After leaving the "city of the dead", it was back to the living and onto a "view point" (lookout) that gave a good view of the city and the harbour. The local street vendors also knew that this was a good spot, so they were there to make sure that the tourists got a view of them as well.
Although the views of the harbour and the city were interesting, equally interesting was the old cottages on the hillside around the lookout.
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After leaving the lookout, a feat in itself given the narrow streets and the masses of buses ferrying the tourists around, it was time to look at some of the many statutes and colonial architecture of the city.
After looking around the city for awhile, it was time to get back into the mini-bus and take a trip out in to the countryside.
The building below was quite interesting. It would appear that the objective of the exercise was to improve its energy efficiency without having to made large structural changes to the original building. The outer glass shell appears to be able to provide heating using the glass house effect and cooling by directing air flows to the inside and outside.