It has been many years since the 'Cabo' as we called it was a habitue of the crew of the NOAA Ship Surveyor, but the memories remain strong and warm. The Cabo was a comfortable enough place to hang out, what with paneled walls and a roomy place to gather, but it was the staff that always welcomed us back from our Antarctic explorations with smiles and "Hola!"
There is one other most notable aspect to the Hotel Cabo De Hornos: The Centoya ensalada. I have found nothing else quite like it on the planet. To start off, the king crab of the Southern portion of Chile is very very similar to the inner waterways and the Bering Sea of Alaska. Meaning that these babies are huge. I am used to crab legs in the US. Who isn't? But at the Cabo, the crab salad arives with the crab legs already shelled and ready to eat. Whoa. It gets better. The plate size is that of a dinner plate, not a salad plate, and it is heaping with fresh crab meat. The crab salad is served with a Chilean version of mayo dressing, which, alas I do not have a recipe for.
It became a tradition that once in port at Punta Arenas, we would order Cerveza (Escudo) and Centoya for every table.
I hope and pray that this hotel, service and salad still rules Punta Arenas.More
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