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Punta Arenas

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Punta Arenas featuring a city and a coastal town

Home to colonial mansions, tree-lined squares and national parks, this remote Chilean city is also a gateway to the fascinating Tierra del Fuego. 

The isolated city of Punta Arenas faces the icy waters of the Strait of Magellan. Discover colonial palaces, superb museums, discounted shopping and curious sights, including an architecturally impressive cemetery. Punta Arenas is the capital of the Magallanes province in Chile’s remote southern Patagonia region. It started as a 19th-century pioneer city and today is a relaxed, windswept destination popular with adventurer seekers.

Start your visit at the tree-shaded central square, Plaza Muñoz Gamero. Browse the stalls of a handicraft market and admire the elegant Cathedral of Punta Arenas. Framing the plaza are ostentatious mansions, including Palacio Sara Braun and Casa Braun-Menéndez, built by wealthy immigrants. The well-preserved rooms of these mansions offer a glimpse into the life of the city’s aristocracy.

Discover the area’s pioneer past and sheep-farming heritage at the Museo Regional de Magallanes. Spot historical naval artifacts at Museo Naval y Maritimo.

Visit Punta Arenas Cemetery, a short walk from the main square. Note the elaborate tombs of former city residents as you stroll along leafy paths. Nearby is the Monumento al Ovejero, a sculpture dedicated to sheep and cattle farming.

Punta Arenas is a Free Trade Zone, great for finding bargain prices. Shop for tax-free clothes, electronics, perfumes, shoes and souvenirs at Zona Franca shopping complex.

Explore the breathtaking Patagonia landscapes on daytrips. Go hiking and mountain biking through the forests of Reserva Forestal Magallanes. Camp, fish and trek in Reserva Nacional Laguna Parrillar. Visit Seno Otway Penguin Colony between September and April to spot thousands of Magellanic penguins.

Reach Punta Arenas by flying from Santiago or take a multiday cruise from Puerto Montt, passing spectacular channels and fjords. Visit from October to April to benefit from sunnier days and limited rain. Enjoy a walk along the waterfront when the sun shines. From here, boats cross the Strait of Magellan to the barren wilderness of Tierra del Fuego.

Hotel Cabo De Hornos
Hotel Cabo De Hornos
3.5 out of 5
Plaza Muñoz Gamero 1025, Punta Arenas, Magallanes
Located in the heart of Punta Arenas, this hotel is steps away from Museo Regional Magallanes, Plaza Munoz Gamero and Centro Cultural Braun Menendez. Palacio ...
4.3/5Excellent! (196 reviews)
"The location was great, the rooms are comfortable and spacious. Staff was very helpful and the breakfast is just great. I would highly recommend."

Reviewed on 21 Mar,2020

Hotel Cabo De Hornos
Hotel Jose Nogueira
Hotel Jose Nogueira
3.5 out of 5
Bories 967, Punta Arenas
Located in the heart of Punta Arenas, this hotel is steps away from Palacio Sara Braun, Centro Cultural Braun Menendez and Plaza Munoz Gamero. Museo Regional ...
4.2/5Excellent! (67 reviews)
"This is a very well located and convenient place to stay. The staff is extremely helpful and friendly and the breakfast is very ample. The rooms could use an update, but are clean and roomy."

Reviewed on 26 Feb,2020

Hotel Jose Nogueira
Hotel Los Navegantes
Hotel Los Navegantes
3.5 out of 5
Jose Menendez 647, Punta Arenas
Situated in Punta Arenas, this hotel is steps away from Palacio Sara Braun and Centro Cultural Braun Menendez. Plaza Munoz Gamero and Cathedral of Punta Arenas ...
4.2/5Very Good! (11 reviews)
"Even though the people at the front desk is super kind, the rest of my stay was not that superb. Room: Small beds, you can hear noise from outside Bathroom: Small, clean, no complaints Breakfast: Limited options, Dinner: Always had dinner somewhere else or at the hotel bard which is really nice Overall: ..."

Reviewed on 23 Apr,2017

Hotel Los Navegantes
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Departamentos Costanera
Departamentos Costanera
3 out of 5
Mejicana 1481, Punta Arenas, Magallanes y Antártica Chilena
The price is SG$135 per night from 4 Aug to 4 Aug
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in the heart of Punta Arenas, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Maggiorino Borgatello Museum, Plaza Munoz Gamero and Port of Punta ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (15 reviews)
"These units are in a nice area close to the main parts of Punta Arenas but better if you have a car. All facilities worked, stove, Microwave oven, real stove, kettle, fridge and the window opens."

Reviewed on 9 Jan,2020

Departamentos Costanera
Apart Hotel Quillango
Apart Hotel Quillango
3 out of 5
Avenida Republica 363, Punta Arenas, Magallanes
The price is SG$142 per night from 1 Aug to 1 Aug
Excludes taxes & fees
Situated in Punta Arenas, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Maggiorino Borgatello Museum, Palacio Sara Braun and Centro Cultural Braun Menendez. ...
4.4/5Excellent! (83 reviews)
"Clean rooms. 24 hour front desk. Quiet. Full kitchen. Handy location."

Reviewed on 30 Nov,2019

Apart Hotel Quillango
Cabañas Punta Arenas
Cabañas Punta Arenas
3 out of 5
Balmaceda 57, Punta Arenas, XII Region de Magallanes
Situated in Punta Arenas, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Cathedral of Punta Arenas, Plaza Munoz Gamero and Centro Cultural Braun Menendez. ...
5/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)
"La propietaria muy atenta,. El pago lo podés hacer con cualquier moneda, no solamente en pesos chilenos.Recomendable 100%"

Reviewed on 15 Jan,2019

Cabañas Punta Arenas
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