‘Visiting Punta Arenas, Chile, Part-I’ by K.J.S.Chatrath

punta arenas 580 80Let us locate Punta Arenas on the map of the world.267px-Chile_location_map.svg punta arenasAnd then on the map of Chile

DSC09055 580 95A welcome board to the city.

Punta Arenas is located in the southern most part of Chile. It is a commune and the capital city of Chile’s southernmost region, Magallanes and Antartica Chilena. The city was officially renamed Magallanes in 1927, but in 1938 it was changed back to Punta Arena
The city has a population of 122,850. Universidad de Magallanes is also located here. I had the chance to visit this town for a day. Let me share some photos with my readers.DSC09015 480 50Hostal Oro Fueguino, Punta Arenas, Chile. Website: http://www.orofueguino.cl/english/

DSC09061 480 85On entering the Hostal (a hostel, called hostal in Spanish, is generally cheaper than a hotel and usually has fewer amenities) where I was to stay, my eyes immediately caught the Indian made decoration frill curtain.  I took this photo in the mirror- selfie of sorts…DSC09062 580 66Radhe Shyam

Cathedral of Punta ArenasCathedral of Punta Arenas was just about a quarter of a km from the Hostal. (Photo source: website of the Hostal)

DSC09038 450 90While taking a walk in the city, I came across these smart police officers. I told them that I was from India and they readily agreed to pose for me.DSC09039 450 95They insisted that I hold the leash of their dog while one of them took my photo. I am not a dog lover but it was a very friendly gesture on the part of the Police Officers and I couldn’t have said ‘No, thank you!DSC09058 420 40I took this photo of a dustbin for two reasons- one it was a very ornately graceful dustbin and secondly to remind myself of how impeccably clean this city was. As an Indian , I felt ashamed in my heart at how dirty our cities and towns are.DSC09060 420 20Another good looking public facility- the bus stand.

DSC09059 480 50Bright and colourful Tourism Information kiosk.

DSC09057 580 40A cloth shop.DSC09056 420 40 Ah…I caught this man ‘red handed’ as he was giving the final coat of red paint to this kiosk

DSC09049 420 50A poster in Spanish, presumably explaining about the process of governmkent’s consultation with the original native Chileans.

DSC09064 480 20This was an unusual decoration that I found in the lounge of the Hostal- sliced and dried oranges and lemons

(To be continued…)

Photos, text and copyright: K.J.S.Chatrath 2014.


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