You can't even get a bus from Punta Arenas to Santiago without entering Argentina at some point - there are no through-roads among the fjords, glaciers and islands of the Chilean side. So I flew into the capital, the clouds and rain of the south only letting up a bit past a scheduled stopover in Puerto Montt. Then a view opened up over the Chilean plains to the mountain ranges and snow-capped volcanoes of the Andes.