Hostal Oro Fueguino
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The flight in to Punta Arenas was full (flight continued on to Ushuaia, Argentina with a bunch of Antarctic cruise passengers) and I was unable to talk myself into an "A" seat (left side window) for potential views of the Southern Patagonian Ice Fields. So I wasn't disappointed when clouds obscured any view that might have been had from that side …
... before it was destined for UK. Petrol, natural gas (methanol gas) and seafood (king crab) are also exported.
Wearing our trusty parkas, we were cosy and warm, easily seen and ready at all times for our interviews to join the EasyJet crew!!!!!!! The weather, however, divine and ski layers and waterproof trousers surplus to requirements.
We arrived at the small Magellan penguin colony and were grateful for the ¾ mile walk along the ...
South from Puerto Montt I am once again dealing with Pantagonia weather, the "roaring forties", and I become a weather forecast obsessive in need of an intervention. I've got at least a half dozen weather forecast sources bookmarked on my computer, like weather underground and accuweather, sites I’ve named before in earlier flight blogs, in addition to a variety of aviation-specific forecast sites like AWC. The weather underground ...
... number of shipwrecks, the number of which is difficult to accurately know given the lack of compliance by many seafaring captains of the day.
Meanwhile our own seafaring captain had warned of high winds and rough seas during this part of the passage, however we only had an hour of moderate swells and then peace and calm on the water returned. Thank goodness for modern day maritime inventions and stabilisers!
We awoke this morning ...
... so small.
There are two large penguin colonies easily accessed from Punta Arenas. The largest one holds about 200,000 penguins but you have to take a boat to see it, an all day trip. The smaller colony at Otway holds about 2,000 penguins and is reached via an hour drive.
Otway is toured by a boardwalk that runs about a mile long. The penguins are everywhere, including on the boardwalk with you! We were told that ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHostal Oro Fueguino Punta Arenas
This accommodation occupies a middle ground between a hostel and a hotel where you have more privacy than a hostel, but a small 13 room location means that you have the opportunity to interact with other people staying at the location. The overall price reflects said middle ground as one will spend more to stay here than at a hostel, but less than at an average hotel.
The rooms had simple, but functional furnishings that gave them a very homestyle feel as opposed to a staid hotel feel. Both doubles and a few triples were available. Each room had its own bathroom and shower which accorded some of the privacy mentioned above.
A continental breakfast is included in the rate. Also had a computer (older) with internet access available for guests.
The Hostal Oro Fueguino is in an excellent location on a dead end road below the mirador that overlooks the downtown area. So it's a little more quiet (although you still have to deal with the stray dogs barking), but still close enough to walk to the downtown areas.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.