…and Chapo lake (no connection to drug-trafficking, thank goodness) are unequivocal proof that we are reaching…
From that point, the views are quite the same you can see in the reports for my other flights around the area, but I can't leave out some amazing vistas like Osorno vocano…
…and it's perfect cone…
…flanked by lakes Llanquihue and Todos los Santos.
Or its neighbor…
… Cerro Tronador (Thundering Hill)
Lakes Rupanco (left) and Puyehue (right)…
…and Puyehue volcano, that some years ago covered its surrounding areas with pumice (the cone is on the right).
And last but not least, the volcano that I can see from my city every day, Chos-Wenko…
…whose upper half is missing.
And lake Riñihue at its foot.
Some more photos:
As we near Santiago the Andes become taller and taller.
We descend over Cantillana hill…
…and can see the smog covering the valley of Santiago.
Some happy people are escaping from it next to us…
…and below us.
Cough, cough, cough…
…and a soft landing at SCL.
I wonder if LATAM…
…has some kind of priority over the use of jetways at SCL…
…because I don't remember ever disembarking a LATAM flight…
…by bus at this airport.
The thing is…
…I am happy I have some time to get used to Santiago's summer heat!
No money for a miserable printer, LATAM?!
Farewell to my ride, five-year-old CC-BFU.
Luckily I have no baggage to claim, but I could pay a visit to the restrooms before I take the bus to the city.
The obvious option would be those restrooms on the way to baggage claim, but they are always full.
The third floor?
Hm! That gives me an idea.
Let's take the stairs to the third floor, past these bored-to-death ladies.
The restrooms on this corner of the third floor (door 23A) are always empty and clean.
Back on the second floor it's time to go down through baggage claim…
…out to the hot afternoon, and onto the bus, which brings my two trips to Patagonia to an end.
Tourism Bonus - Punta Arenas
Not a long bonus this time. Just some views of the city from Cerro La Cruz lookout…
…and some streets downtown.
I fully enjoyed this trip, from the first penguin in the Strait of Magellan to the last bit of ice of Perito Moreno glacier. Patagonia is a place you should visit at least once in your lifetime… before everything melts down!! :(
This lonely seagull mastering the winds of the Strait of Magellan is an appropriate image to close this report, which is not the end of this series, though, because now I'm packing my bag to fly north to a city called Antofagasta, whose airport, ANT, has never been reported here. This time we'll fly JetSmart.
Punta Arenas - PUQ
Santiago - SCL
Second leg of my flight from Puerto Natales to Santiago on LATAM, after a stopover at PUQ (Punta Arenas).
So far, LATAM has offered the best quality for my money in domestic flights within Chile, with comfortable seats and cabins, good BOB service, an IFE system (that I haven't used), and three different fares you can choose from.
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