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Magellan Strait
Magellan Strait

Magellan Strait

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Punta Arenas, Chile
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For centuries, this 350-mile long, 1-mile-wide navigation channel that threads a path betwixt Tierra del Fuego and the mainland was the most important passage between the Atlantic and Pacific ocean. ... Read more
It quickly became known for it messy weather, its blasphemously strong winds, its treacherous slenderness – and its severe beauty. Today, visitors can (in good weather) get a feel for the passage on ferry boats or on cruises. For the rubber-legged, a better option is to gaze at its striking nautical landscape from the solid ground of Punta Arenas.

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Full disclosure: I've never been on a boat for more than an hour before going through the Magellan Straight and other waterways for a total of four days. So I have little to compare this to. That said, it was a great experience. The water (when not violent) curves and bends through the land. Glaciers become a standard sight. Penguins and seals abound. Overall, a great experience.

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Amsterdam, Netherlands

Catch the ferry to Tierra del Fuego and watch out for the tiny dolphins that like to chase the boat. Bring warm clothes and a raincoat!

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Bogota, Colombia

This strait marked a milestone in the history of travel when it was discovered by Fernando de Magallanes and can mark a milestone in every traveler who is traveling the continent. Reaching this point is an experience to tell. From Punta Arenas there are several points from where you can see the Strait and even touch its icy waters. A wonderful experience that is worth telling.

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