Readers may recall the we left the dock in Punta Arenas at 1 PM local time on January, 11, 2011. While we were waiting to leave we had been hearing rumors that the citizens of the Magallanes Provence were threatening to strike over a 20% increase in oil prices. What we didn’t know at the time was that we went to sea with only 11 hours to spare. Starting at midnight on January 12 a general strike was called that effectively blocked all roads, air travel, and access to the dock. Tragically, several protesters were killed when a truck attempted to drive through barriers on a road. Thousands of tourists have been stranded in Punta Arenas. Read more about the strike by following the links below.
1/16/2011: Strike easing in Magallanes, Chile