Punta Arenas in Chile is the first human settlement that has remained permanently in the Austral Patagonia. Now that's something truly special.
Discover the special charm of this extreme town, formed from the contribution of different cultures that left a deep impression full of rich history and traditions. Today, its citizens are primarily descendants of immigrants from Croatia, Spain, Italy, Germany, England and the Isle of Chiloe in southern Chile.
Punta Arenas ("Sandy Point") is a commune and the capital city of Chile's southernmost region, Magallanes and Antarctica Chilena, and has a population of just under 120,000. The city was officially renamed Magallanes in 1927, but in 1938 it was changed back to Punta Arenas. It is the largest city below the southern 46th parallel. Sitting by the Strait of Magellan, Punta Arenas was in the past indisputably considered the world's southernmost city.
The Punta Arenas Highlights Tour will take you to Cerro Mirador, where you can get a panoramic view of the city and the strait. You will also visit the Muñoz Gamero Square, surrounded by mansions from the times of the great cattle traders, and the Magellan Monument, represented with a group of natives (Onas) surrounding it on its base.
You will also have the opportunity to visit the Maggiorino Borgatello Museum. Founded by Salesian missionaries, the museum provides a comprehensive overview of the region's history, flora and fauna, and the habitat of its indigenous people.
The tour concludes with a stop on the main square before returning to the port and your ship.
Please Note: On Mondays museums in Punta Arenas are closed, and will be replaced with another venue or more sightseeing, at the guide's discretion.
Reviewer: Maggie (Magdalina) Harrison
Our tour guide was a very informative young fellow who was an university student. He had the history of Punta Arenas on his finger tips. We did lots and saw lots. Our last stop was a two story museum where we learned a lot of history of the area. Wonderful experience!
Mario, the tour guide was super. He had vast knowledge about the places we places we saw. Our trip to the museum was especially interesting because he shared stories about many of the exhibits. He could answer our questions and spoke clearly. We learned a lot about the city Since English is not as common in south America as in other tourist destinations, we were very happy with Mario who spoke perfect English.
Great tour! Driver and guide were excellent. Worth doing.
We enjoyed the tour, good weather helped! Our guide was very knowledgeable and spoke good English. The bus was a reasonable size so there were not the big crowds that many tours create. Punts Arenas is not a big town so there are not that many highlights, but it was well worth it.
Reviewer: Donald Hardy
It was a lucky day: no wind (in one of the world's windiest places) and a helpful and informative guide. The tour was a nice mix of history and the physical layout and uniqueness of this city. The guide was pleasant and accommodating.