Exclusive Highlights of Punta Arenas
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: Cindy LaPorte
Little bit easier to find bus and tour guide. Pleasant fellow taking his time to show us many things and keeping the group all together. Weather turned very bad, tour guide carefully got us all back to the tender for departure.
Reviewer: leo tujak
you get to see all the places mentioned in the literature. brief stops to get photos & explanations of where you are & what is going on. be aware that punta arenas is VERY WINDY!!! so much so that our ship stopped tendering into port early in the AM, the port closed because of rough seas [fairly common occurrence]. ladies could have used a little more shopping info from the guide.
Reviewer: Gaetane Normandin
I was really expecting more than what we got even if the guide was very knowledgeable.
Our tour guide was very informative. He gave us good background of the history, area, people and ecology. Without his explanation, this place will be just another port in our cruise.
Reviewer: Steve Steinhauer
Had a great tour even though it was on Christmas day. Good guide and no problems connecting with the tour.