Hospedaje Magallanes

Magallanes 570, Punta Arenas, Chile
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Drive from Santiago to Punta Arenas

by jpetrides

I hear that the roads in Chile are some of the best in South America. I have tentative plans to do a road trip from Santiago to Punta Arenas that would take a week and a half. I'm not sure if this is even possible, so here's my question. I can't find any highways on the maps i've looked at that will take me the whole way - are there ways to drive through that last patch in the south or will I have to fly there?

Thank you.


Re: Drive from Santiago to Punta Arenas

by Kakapo2

You cannot travel to Punta Arenas in Chile yet. You have to travel via Argentina. There are several possibilities. Either you cross over from Osorno or Puerto Montt to San Carlos de Bariloche, or at several border crossings further down in the south.

Also check out info about the Panamericana (Panamerican Highway).

You do not have to fly.

Re: Drive from Santiago to Punta Arenas

by Huentetu

Note that if thinking of doing this in a rental car it will cost a packet. One way drop offs are hugely expensive and there are extra fees for taking the car into Argentina. You won't be able to cross the border without the correct papers from the rental company. The 5 Sur highway is excellent but has numerous tolls. If you have plenty of time, why not bus certain portions and rent a car to explore an area.

Re: Drive from Santiago to Punta Arenas

by Kakapo2

This is a very good suggestion.

Other people do it by buying a cheap car and write it off at the end. However, if such a car breaks down in the middle of nowhere you are in a not very appealing position. I would do it if I had mechanic skills.

Travel Tips for Punta Arenas

Stay warm

by kyoub

This is a walking town so take comfortable shoes. It will probably rain while you are out so take a water repellant wrap or umbrella with you. Dress warm when you go to see the penguins because it is cold and windy out on the island.


by swesn

About 70km north of Punta Arenas, there is a colony of Magellanic penguins at Otway Sound. From November to March, which is summer, visitors are allowed. December or January is the time the baby penguins are beginning to fledge, a wonderful sight.

There are boardwalks, fences and bird-hides to allow visitors to observe the penguins, without disturbing them. Still, one can get quite close to them.

Be forewarned that the wind is terribly terribly STRONG and FREEZING COLD. Bring a really good wind-proof jacket and wear your woollies!

The cheapest way to get there is to take a minivan (3500 Ch Pesos) from a travel agency located within the first block from the Plaza along Calle Pedro Montt. Minivans depart in the late afternoon.

Entrance to reserve is 2500 Ch Pesos.

Punta Arenas Town

by Ekahau

In Punta Arenas, I toured around town a bit and visited the cemetery, I enjoyed looking at the names of the settlers and trying to figure out where they all came from . The city center of Punta Arenas is called Muñoz Gamero Square, dominated by the Monumento a Hernando de Magellan’s a beautiful statue erected in tribute to the discoverer of the strait.

Otway Sound penguin colony

by Ekahau

This place is just one hour away from Punta Arenas home to the Magellanic penguin sometimes called the Jackass penguin but Magellanic penguin sounds so much more majestic. They breed here from November through January. I was here in Feb and there were still a few stragglers around.

The regional Salesianer Museum

by globetrott

The regional Salesianer Museum has a lot of interesting collections, mainly of early fossiles, rare animals like a calf with 2 heads etc., it smells like in a pharmacy there and you get the feeling to be in an old school. You will learn about the native indian population living in that area at the time when the white men began tom take over their land and killing them one by one like animals.
You will learn about the early days of exploring the Antarctic, it started for the whaling-business and ended with expeditions to the south pole.
Inside this museum : NO PHOTOGRAPHY at all !!!


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