Hostal El Mirador
Balmaceda 648, Punta Arenas, 6201045, Chile
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The mall by night
Museo Naval y Maritimo in Punta Arenas
a boat made of a single tree
Ushuaia to Torres del Paine
We plan to fly into Ushuaia ( from El Calafate ), and then go into Chile ( presumably through Punta Arenas ), see Torres del Paine, and then fly to Santiago.
The general question is how should we do it?
The particular questions are:
1) Is it easy to rent a car in Argentina and drop it off in Chile?
2) What is the best way to get from Ushuaia to Punta Arenas? Car/ferry? Bus/ferry? Fly? ( not interested in cruise ship )
3) Where is a reasonable place to stay while visiting Torres del Paine? Puerto Natales?
4) Where do we catch a flight from southern Chile into Santiago? The best we can find requires going back south to Punta Arenas.
5) Or should we scrap the plan above and take the different route of El Calafate to Torres del Paine, back to El Calafate, then down to Usuaia?
Also, any general advice on the whole plan would appreciated.
Re: Ushuaia to Torres del Paine
1. I assume it will be rather difficult (if not impossible) to get an one way rental car. If possible dropp off fee will be extreme huge.
2. The best (what is best ??) way would be bus ferry.
See for more info: www.ushuaia.com.ar or www.tierradelfuego.org.ar
3. For visiting Torres del Paine we stayed in Puerto Natales for making a day trip. Otherwise you will have to find accommodation in the park, which is rather expensive.
4. Punta Arenas is the only place in southern Chile to catch the plane to Santiago.
5. I would fly to Ushuaia, take the ferry/bus to Punta Arenas and the bus to Puerto Natalea and back (about 3 hours) and visit Torres del Paine from Puerto Natales.
Re: Ushuaia to Torres del Paine
I agree with vtveen its easy to visit TDP in one day, but be sure that weather will be sunny...Staying in Puerto Natales is easy and safe, surely cheaper than in the park.
Travel Tips for Punta Arenas
pack for icy cold weather - in summer!
i know its a bit of a given... you are in the furtherst southern city out there, its gonna be cold, so you should definitely rug up. but you will be surprised how many people you see unprepared. even on a nice day, with the sun shining, punta arenas can get soooo darn cold with the blustery antarctic winds ripping through. they are coooooold winds. so be prepared - windproof jackets a must. beanie, gloves etc. always carry it with you, even if the day looks promising.
the tourist- information
The tourist- information of Punta Arenas is to be found in that lovelys pavillon on the main square of the city, just a few meters from the Magellan-monument. The friendly staff will help you with brochures, informations and free town-maps.
Orientation in Punta Arenas is quite easy, because all of the streets are made in a system with street-crossings in an exacte angle of 90 degrees and most of the attractions for the tourists are in the centre of town, only the museum of the Salesianer Monks and the cemetery is a bit further away, but walking there does not take more than 25 minutes.
The office-hours are :
Monday-Thursday : 8.00am - 05.30pm
and Fridays from 08.00 till 04.30pm
Plaza Muñoz Gomero
Zona declarada típica en 1991, esta sombreada por muchos árboles, sobre ella se erige el monumento a Magallanes, escultura de bronce, en honor al descubrimiento al estrecho de Magallanes. Representa al navegante sobre un alto pedestal y en la base, a nativos fueguinos recostados. La rodean las mansiones particulares de los pioneros de la ganadería.
Zone declared typical in 1991, this shaded by many trees, on her is elevated the monument to Magallanes, bronze sculpture, in honor to the discovery to the Strait of Magellan. It represents the navigator on a high pedestal and in the base, native fueguinos. The particular mansions surround by the pioneers of the cattle ranch.
Walking down the long Avenida Bulnes from the Zona Franca to the city centre we passed the entrance of the municipal cemetery and decided to take a look inside this walled cemetery. It always feels a little bit unreal to visit a cemetery as a ‘tourist sight’.
It was a typical South American cemetery with sometimes huge tombs and mausoleums. The most impressive were the tombs of Jose Menendez and Sarah Braun, but we saw also an English section, a monument for unknown Indians and a lot of Croatian names on the tombstones, due to the immigrants who live in Punta Arenas.
It was interesting and ‘nice’ to walk around through a part of the history of Punta Arenas in a very beautiful landscaped cemetery. It does seem a little bit like the famous Recoleta Cemetery in Buenos Aires.
the luxury home of the Braun-Menendez-family
These photographs are about the luxury home of the Braun-Menendez-family with a lot of rooms decorated like it was "en vogue" at the beginning of the 20th century : great paintings, sculptures and other works of art, tapestries, chandeliers and furniture, precious carpets, porcelain and vases.
Photography is no problem inside of this palace, you only are not allowed to use a tripod or a flash.
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