Day 11: Punta Areas on the Strait of Magellan
We boarded the bus at 8:30 and took the ferry back to the mainland and the Puerto Varas airport for our flight to Punta Areas. The city sits right on the shore of the Strait of Magellan. The harbor had ships anchored and there was a cruse ship docked close to the center of town. Punta Areas was a very rich city and still doing quite well. It owed it’s wealth to the enormous herds of sheep that roamed the vast pampas (flat grass lands) of lower Patagonia. It is said that at one time there were over 2,000,000 sheep here in Punta Areas. We are in the best hotel we have stayed in this trip. The city has a nice mix of old & new buildings, parks, and a promenade. This is a town that loves their family. Few people work more than 20 minutes from their work, and since the children start school at 7:45 and go home for lunch at noon, the workers also come, too, and the family has lunch together. The worker & kids then go back to work and school at 2:00. The children then go to school till 5 then often have after school special subjects and sports until the worker comes home at 7 and dinner is served at 8. Spending time together as a family is very important.