Hotel Carpa Manzano
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... the half hour crossing. I gather the journey we are making is the one the Top Gear lot did for the Christmas special when they ran into all sorts of trouble. I haven't wanted the full details as will watch on my return. Suffice to say if Clarkson messed with the customs at the border I expect he got arrested. Distinct loss of humour in immigration personnel. Thankfully another coffee stop presented itself as driver needed a break and petrol. THE best empanada I have ever ...
... But life was hard there and eventually it was abandoned in favour of Sandy Point (Punta Arenas) some 50 km to the north.
The buildings have been restored (reconstructed). The barns were frames of timber with sods of turf for walls. Seemingly the rats ate everything, make life intolerable. The main tower was originally home for 7 men and 2 women. It must have been snug!
There was a small chapel and a few ...
... and baggage collection was reasonably efficient and we were in the hotel by 6.30. During the drive to town the van was being buffeted by severe wind, and getting bags out of the van and walking a few steps to the hotel was quite a challenge! A few of the group did a mad dash to change money, then it was great to catch up with Carol, Mike, Glenda and Irene. ...
... The flight arrived on time in Punta Arenas and after picking up our bags and getting a map from the tourist information booth, we were on a shuttle towards the town centre. All was going well until we were dropped off. For some bizarre reason we had the wrong address written down. Hospedaje Betty used to be at the address we had, but it had moved about 7 blocks away so with our bags on our backs we walked the 15 minutes to ...
... permitted – hence they have appeared on a few local menus
& I have resisted (so far!).
We stopped on the long way back, via the other ferry, at San
Gregorio, the remains of what used to be a huge estancia with very rich owners
judging by the construction methods and quality of the working buildings, plus
the long avenue up to the main house, a chateau in size and design!
The ferry back across ...