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Welmet's Port Reviews of Puerto Montt, Punta Arenas, Ushuaia
Celebrity Infinity cruise in January 2012
Member Name: Welmet
Cruise Date: January 2012
Embarkation: other
Destination: South America & Antarctica
Member Review: Welmet's Celebrity Infinity Review
Puerto Montt
Port Rating: 5+ out of 5+
A highlight, we visited the town of Puerto Montt, the Oserno Volcano, Lake Llanquihue and a lake resort town with a group of Cruisecritic members.

Puerto Montt itself is cute, but there really isn't all that much to see. The trip to the Oserno Volcano is full of stunning scenery. Lake Llanquihue is lovely and we stopped at a "grotto" for a visit. Oserno Volcano is majestic when it is visible. Fortunately, several times the day we visited it was. We walked around near the summit and stopped during our descent to see great views of the summit.

On our way back, we visited a small town on the lake and watch the bathers (we noted that almost no adults were in the frigid water, just kids).

Altogether a splendid day.

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Punta Arenas
Port Rating: Not Rated
We took a Celebrity walking tour (strenuous) up into the hills and were rewarded with terrific views of the harbor, a canyon resembling a cross between the Snake River and the Grand Canyon and trees, shrubs and plants native only to the Southern Patagonia.

It was a bit strange starting out as we had a part-time, who was leaving for home (Santiago) after she did our tour. She got the bus driver lost several times before we were able to begin our tour and paced group so swiftly that several of our companions complained vigorously. (I was rather glad they did as it was even a bit much for me). The other bus's group took fully 45 minutes longer to do the walk than did we, so I imagine that the normal tour doesn't almost kill you. And I am in great shape.

The town itself was fun, with many interesting stores where my wife bought some Christmas ornaments and chocolate. It was quite good (the chocolate, that is.)

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Ushuaia
Port Rating: Not Rated
We really enjoyed our time in Ushuaia.

We took a strenuous walking tour from Celebrity and it was a highlight of our trip. We walked through peat bogs as we saw the beaver dams, alpine type meadows (almost at sea level) and stunning views of the mountains. The walk required knee length boots through the bogs but we discarded them for the majority of the hike. The pace was fine for us and everyone snapped loads of photos. Gorgeous country.

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Montevideo
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
What an interesting place. We took a private tour and visited the Cathedral, quite ornate, spots in the old and new city including the Congress, Opera (locked up-darn) and went to a winery for a fine lunch.

The Winery Tour was very well done, we saw the vines, the vats and the storage of wine awaiting release. We did a tasting and enjoyed ourselves.

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Buenos Aires
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
What a great place, large cosmopolitan and again a European feel. Really enjoyed that the ship arrived a day early so we could take a very long walk and kind of chill alone.

Three museums are within walking distance of the immigration office (a 5 minute bus ride from the ship), but if you walk, there is a eight or ten lane road you have to cross to get into the city proper from the port area. We did but it was a bit daunting.

We walked to three museums, MALBA, a museum of Latin American Contemporary, the National Museum of Decorative Arts, which incorporated a turn of the century home and the art some very old and some fin de sic into a great collection; and finally, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, which is the major art museum in the city. A four hour loop and a great dollop of superb art.

The final day, we disembarked and took Celebrity's day in the city, a ranch and the airport.

The tour was fine for a quick look at the city and stopped at a cemetery for a quick WC break and look around. It resembled the cemeteries in New Orleans. The trip to the ranch consisted of staged shows and an acceptable lunch.

The Buenos Aires airport lacked air conditioning, but the transfer was well done and it was as painless as 4 hours in any airport can be.

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