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: Peter S Cheung
Good way to see Punta Arenas for the first time.
Reviewer: Marilyn levy
We really appreciated the consideration and assistance that was shown for my husband who has mobility issues. There was so much information shared, even which outlet to visit afterwards for certain items. Thank you
Reviewer: Oswaldo Morales
Drove around and took us to a museum in a church. This museum was very interesting and the tour guide explained each area very well.
Reviewer: E. Pybus
Our guide made this tour - well informed, very good English. She managed to give us an excellent overview of Punta Arenas and area - history, culture, economy, etc. - in a short time. I would recommend her and this tour.
Reviewer: Harriet Lancaster
Enjoyed the excursion seeing the highlights of Punta Arenas. The guide was first rate, a wonderful young woman. The excursion ended about a half hour earlier than advertised and was not sure why but it was a good tour and priced so much better than the cruise liner.