Punta Arenas combines the charm of southern Chile with the history of a colonial Spanish penal colony and a growing Croation immigrant population.
Punta Arenas’ airport is the Presidente Carlos Ibáñez del Campo International Airport, which is one of the southernmost airports in the world and is located about 10 miles from the city center. Known as the gateway to the Andes, Punta Arenas is a great stepping off point for hiking into the interior or doing other outdoor activities like rafting or boating.
As Punta Arenas was originally a Spanish penal colony, there’s a lot of beautiful colonial-era architecture, and every block has a story behind it. The colorful houses and narrow streets of Punta Arenas are unique in the sense that they maintain a small town feeling even though the city has over 100,000 people.
Airlines That Fly To Punta Arenas
So far, only LAN Chile, Aerovias DAP, LATAM Chile, and Sky Airline fly into Presidente Carlos Ibáñez del Campo International Airport, and it’s unlikely that this will change anytime soon. This means that when you enter your information into our flight-finder tool here at Skyscanner, you’ll need to incorporate a hop to a regional hub like Santiago before you can get to Punta Arenas.
When To Book A Flight To Punta Arenas
Punta Arenas isn’t a hugely popular destination for tourists, but there are a few factors that will help you find a cheap flight, namely booking during the winter, when Punta Arenas is cold and wet. The winter corresponds to June through September.
Around Christmas, you may have to pay a premium for a ticket because of Chileans flying home to Punta Arenas—or other travelers intent on exploring the Andes during its warmest months.
There might be a few dips in ticket price that we can’t predict, so you should definitely setup Punta Arenas and your other traveling information into our price alert tool.
What To Expect When Arriving At Presidente Carlos Ibáñez del Campo International Airport
There aren’t many amenities at the Presidente Carlos Ibáñez del Campo International Airport, and some of the tourism information located on its website has been reported to be slightly misleading. There are a few small shops and restaurants, though there’s no Wi-fi, currency exchange, or other traveler services.
To make your way from the airport to Punta Arenas itself, you can pick between car rental and hail a taxi. Renting a car is probably a better choice than taking a taxi if you plan on any kind of sporty hiking activity.
What To See And Do In Punta Arenas
Punta Arenas boasts the Museo Nao Victoria, which is a replica of Magellan’s ship that circumnavigated the globe, but you’ll have to drive five miles outside the city limits to get there. Aside from viewing the other Spanish colonial era monuments and architecture, your best bets for entertainment in Punta Arenas are outside, in the Andes. From Punta Arenas, you can book hikes and tours of the Andes for time periods as long as six months—hiking the entire Andean trail works—or as short as a day or two. Bring camping gear, and get ready to enjoy nature like never before at Punta Arenas.