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The Republic of Chile is a country in South America occupying the long (and thin) coastal strip on the west side of the continent. It shares a long border with Argentina to the east, and Peru and Bolivia to the north. Chile's shape is perhaps the most unusual in the world: The country is 4,200 km long (north/south) and averages 177 km wide (east/west). Its unusual shape is defined by the western edge of the Andes mountains and the Pacific Ocean.

Locator Map for Chile

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Overview map of our South America cruise

This is an approximate overview map of our itinerary. We started in Santiago (Valparaiso), Chile and headed south through the Chilean Fjords, the Strait of Magellan to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. From there, we rounded Cape Horn, visited the Falkland Islands, Montevideo, Uruguay, and ended in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

And, here is a map of the county.
 map of Chile 

   Map of Chile

Champagne Welcome On-Board   Personalized TV system on-board. We were greeted in our Millennium stateroom with fruit, champagne, and a personalized TV system.
We boarded our ship in Valparaiso, a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site. The photos from the left are our ship across from the port terminal, the Valparaiso harbor, and an "ascensor" (an elevator that goes up the steep hillsides) Millennium docked in Valparaiso, Chile   Port scene - Valparaiso Chile

Ascensor, a hillside elevator of sorts

Puerto Montt Chile Skyline   The Millennium in Puerto Montt Harbor Our first port was Puerto Montt. Left, the Puerto Montt skyline. Right, the ship as seen in the Puerto Montt Harbor.
Left, a view of Lake Llanquihue, Chile's largest lake and the 3rd largest lake in South America. This photo was taken from a German museum in Frutillar. Right, the impressive, snow-capped Osorno Volcano. View of Lake Llanquihue   A view of snow-capped Osorno Volcano
The Chilean Fjords We traversed an area full of deep glacial cuts - fjords, not unlike those found in Norway.
We entered the Strait of Magellan and were treated to some marvelous views of glaciers. Right - on board ship at the Skua Glacier. Compare these with photos of glaciers in Alaska (here).
"Jerrold Patz"  photo Jerrold Patz and Naimahtourist attraction  
Glacier in the Strait of Magellan   Glacier in the Strait of Magellan

Jerrold Patz and Naimah at the Skua Glacier

The Strait of Magellan (courtesy CIA Factbook) A satellite view of the Strait of Magellan. This is an unusually true-color image from the Aqua satellite taken in August 2003. The strait separates the island Tierra del Fuego from the continent: it is about 330 miles long (528 km) and varies from about 2 to 15 miles (3 to 24 km) in width.

In 1519, Magellan was seeking a way to cross from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific. It took him 38 days to navigate the strait. In contrast, it took us less than 12 hours.

Our next port was Punta Arenas, the last city on continental South America. Left, we first sight the city, then we see the main streets perpendicular to the shoreline. (R) An overview shot of the Punta Arenas skyline. Sighting Punta Areanas from the Pacific   The main streets of Punta Arenas, Chile

Punta Arenas Skyline

Statue of Magellan in Plaza de Armas Square, Punta Arenas, Chile   Plaque Detail on the Statue of Magellan in Plaza de Armas Square, Punta Arenas, Chile Pictured are the statue of Magellan in Plaza de Armas Square in Punta Arenas, and a detail of the plaque.
Depicted on the Magellan statue are two Fuegian Indians (natives of Tierra del Fuego). Legend has it that if you touch the foot of one of them, you will return to South America. Here, we are pictured touching the correct foot. This foot is rubbed so much that it is burnished to a bright golden color.
"Jerrold Patz"  photo Jerrold Patz and Naimah   
Jerrold Patz rubbing the foot on the Statue of Magellan   Jerrold Patz and Naimah rubbing the foot on the Statue of Magellan
Jerrold Patz at the Universidad de Magallanes, Punta Arenas, Chile Jerrold Patz standing at the gateway to Universidad de Magallanes (Magellan University), the southernmost university in the world.
   "Jerrold Patz"  photo Jerrold Patz   


Here is a montage of additional pictures.

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Jerrold Patz Naimah Zakaria tourist attraction Osorno Volcano Frutillar Puerto Varas "Chilean Fjords"   Ilene Blum  Ed Blum  "Strait of  Magellan" Patagonia strait of magellan   magellan university  "world's end"  glacier osorno volcano  "universidad de magellanes"     puerto montt museum    fjord   Mayorino Borgatello Museum  patagonia