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Exclusive Highlights of Punta Arenas

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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
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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 26 Reviews Review This Tour
5 StarsGreat tourMay 14, 2018

Reviewer: Steve Steinhauer
Had a great tour even though it was on Christmas day. Good guide and no problems connecting with the tour.

4 StarsPunta ArenasApril 16, 2018

Reviewer: Elsbeth Abadi
Was good maybe the weather was a bit windy so we rushed to go back to the bus.The young guide new a lot about this place specially in the museum.

5 StarsShore ExcursionMarch 08, 2018

Very informative and delightful tour. Would recommend this to other travellers.

5 StarsArenalis.February 02, 2018

Reviewer: Nelson poon
Great city tour

4 StarsGreat Tour!!!May 23, 2017

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!

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