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Exclusive Highlights of Punta Arenas

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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.

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Shore Excursion Size
Shore Excursion Type
Cultural, Scenic
Shore Excursion Duration
3 Hours
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Shore Excursion Leaves From
Ship Pier
Food/Beverage Provided
As the weather in this area is often windy with potential rain, we recommend dressing in layers with the top layer being waterproof. Comfortable, sensible walking shoes are also recommended. Sun glasses, hats and gloves are also suggested.
Guests must be able to walk over paved, gravel and packed dirt surfaces. There are steps at several sites but not ramps. To reach the second floor of the museum, guests must climb stairs. Restroom stops are limited.
4.5 Stars4.5Based On 39 Reviews Review This Tour
5 StarsPunts arenasMay 21, 2019

Reviewer: Kathy Connelly
A young fellow guide was very energetic! He gave us good service. He even went out of his way to take passengers back to the ship who were tired from the river cruise and walking in the forest and then took us back to the town for a tour we appreciated his efforts! We appreciated the lower price of the trip compared to the ship excursion offering

4 StarsGeneral HighlightsApril 15, 2019

Reviewer: Peter S Cheung
Good way to see Punta Arenas for the first time.

5 StarsWhoever would have known about this hidden ChileanApril 02, 2019

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

4 StarsPuntas ArenasMarch 31, 2019

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.

5 StarsGreat guideMarch 12, 2019

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.

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