Punta Arenas Vacations

Mostly known for its convenient launchpad to Tierra del Fuego, Torres del Paine and Argentina, this small rural town sees mostly cruise ship passengers and tourists passing through, as its indigenous rural locals carry on their regular workaday routines.

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Things to see and do in Punta Arenas

idnas71 | FlickrMagellan Strait
Magellan Strait
Lina Maestre | Trip by SkyscannerMirador Cerro de la Cruz
Mirador Cerro de la Cruz
Aztlek | FlickrParque Nacional Alberto de Agostini
Parque Nacional Alberto de Agostini
Marco Nürnberger | FlickrMuelle Loreto
Muelle Loreto
deensel | FlickrEl Londsdale
El Londsdale
Robert Cutts | FlickrMuseo Regional de Magallanes
Museo Regional de Magallanes
Paul and Jill | FlickrPalacio Sara Braun
Palacio Sara Braun
m_alejandrae | FlickrMonumento al Ovejero
Monumento al Ovejero
Joseph Coureur | Trip by SkyscannerPlaza Muñoz Gamero
Plaza Muñoz Gamero
Joseph Coureur | Trip by SkyscannerMuseo Nao Victoria
Museo Nao Victoria

Reviews of Punta Arenas

HaroldBrooklyn, État de New York, États Unis

A pleasant stopping point on your way further into Patagonia. Plenty of spots to buy hiking gear and supplies. Home to a number of good seafood restaurants. Has a relaxed vibe. Be sure to check out the Cementerio Municipal. Penguin excursions receive rave reviews but I didn't have time during my visit.

Joseph Coureur
Joseph CoureurNew York City, New York State, USA

Punta Arenas is the last major settlement in Chile and a gateway to Antarctica by either sea or air. Chances are you're waiting to go somewhere else if you're here. When I was there in early 2013, there was a lot of construction so I expect the waterfront and city will be much nicer soon.

Michael Nolan
Michael Nolan

Punta Arenas is actually a fine city, but looks worse relative to surrounding areas. The city itself is the capital of Chilean Patagonia, and sports a spread out semi-city. Unlike nearby Natales, it's a somewhat bleak place, with a more rundown feel. Stop here only as a transport city - it's a useful bus and plane hub. If you have more than a day to kill, stop by the cemetery - although it doesn't rival the one in B.A., it is relatively interesting.

Travis Katz
Travis KatzMenlo Park, California, USA

Punta Arenas is as far south as you can get in Chile. Strange light, flying saucer shaped clouds. Not so much to do here but fun to hang out after Torres, or as a jumping off place for Tierra del Fuego.

Nearby destinations

Puerto Natales

Rio Gallegos


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