Kiss the Indian’s Toe

The statue in the main square of Punta Arenas, Chile

When was the last time you kissed someone’s toe?
(No, I don’t need to know all the sordid details of THAT night).

How about an Indian one?

Would you still kiss that Indian toe if you knew you would end up back to where he is?

You know, when you travel you can do all types of stupid things and then believe that it won’t matter since it’s not like you are going back to that place ever again, are you?

Well, this toe is different… you’ll be back (in a twisted Arnie Terminator way).

There is a legend (urban myth or blatant lie) that if you kiss the toe of an Indian that is a part of the statue in the main plaza (square) of Punta Arenas (that was a mouthful, the sentence, not the toe), you will return back to Punta Arenas one day.

No, it’s to return just to leave the medical bill with the local city council for the horrendous oral herpes you got from kissing the toe. No, you’ll just be back, in a spooky way.

So why would you go to Punta Arenas in the first place? And why would you ever want to go back?

They say that Chile is at the end of the Earth (stupid, don’t they know that the Earth hasn’t been flat for the last 500 years or so?  It went and become round on us a long time ago) and if you want to fall off the edge of the world, then you must go way down to Punta Arenas, the southernmost city of Chile. Ok, there are some other smaller towns with a handful of people with some sheep thrown in there too but they don’t count due to the rampant inbreeding, but you don’t want to hear about that, do you?

When tourists aren’t trying to fall off the edge of the world, they often end up in Punta Arenas because it’s the closest (main) airport to the Torres del Paine.

Some people don’t even give Punta Arenas a second thought before they race out of the city though there are some interesting places to visit if you do have an extra day or two.

Check out Fuerte Bulnes (Bulnes Fort), Seno Otway Penguin Colony, the Braun Menendez Palace Museum or the Punta Arenas Cemetery with its cool trees that look like chubby fingers.

If you are going to take a 3 hour, 25 minute direct flight from Santiago, longer if you have the boring stopover at the Puerto Montt Airport (where you can look out the window and admire the rain… spoiler warning…. the rain is no different from other places, sorry), then you might as well spend a little longer in Punta Arenas. The bonus is, you will get to kiss the Indian’s big toe.

Please note, this just a simple peck of a kiss, not a 3-hour tongue-lashing event.

I dug up an old video that I took of that famous statue at the Plaza de Armas (Main Square) of Punta Arenas.

The video starts with a shot of that very goobied toe (check out how shiny it is compared to the rest of the statue). I also filmed as I walked around the statue so that you can see it from every side.

I had been to Punta Arenas before and I hadn’t kissed it then (don’t like the taste of toe jam) but I still ended up going back a couple more times. The last time however I did kiss the toe… and I haven’t been back since!

Have you ever kissed an Indian’s big toe?

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