Pole to Pole
Day 134: Santiago to Punta Arenas
Somewhere below us the Trans-America Highway runs out and with it all road connection to Punta Arenas. The long Chilean coastline fragments into a breathtakingly spectacular array of mountainous islands, straits and fiords, of which the thickening cloud cover offers only tantalizing glimpses.
At half-past seven, ten hours into what should have been a two-and-a-half-hour flight, we turn and bank over the Straits of Magellan and down across sparsely-covered grassland into Carlos Ibanez Airport, Punta Arenas. We have reached latitude fifty-three degrees South. I should feel at home; I was brought up on fifty-three degrees - North, of course.
This realization does bring home to me the scale of the travelling that still lies ahead of us. Punta Arenas may be the last stop before Antarctica, but it is still as far from the South Pole as Sheffield is from the North Pole.
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- Series: Pole to Pole
- Day: 134
- Country/sea: Chile
- Place: Punta Arenas
- Book page no: 300
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