punta arenas

This beautiful view is from a terrace in Punta Arenas, Chile, looking south toward the Strait of Magellan and the island of Tierra del Fuego. That island, as you may know, is at the very tip of South America–the farthest south you can get on planet Earth before you hit Antarctica.

The above image is not from Google Earth, but from 360cities.net, which is almost as cool! On this site you can see and fly into spherical panoramas with your web browser (or, if they are on Google Earth, through that program). This is the first post I’ve done from a 360cities.net image. On each of these I do from now on, I’ll add a link that will take you to the panorama itself–which I highly recommend doing, it’s very cool!

Link to 360cities spherical panorama for this image.

This view has special significance for me. Punta Arenas is where a brief portion of my book Life Without Giamotti takes place–it’s where Justin Kane flees to write his grand novel. Since I’ve been a little kid I’ve always been fascinated by Tierra del Fuego and this city Punta Arenas, though I’ve never been there.