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Caupolican 99, Punta Arenas, Chile
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what to do in punta arenas

by bean4bean4


I'll be in Punta arenas for 8 hours.

I'm hesitating between a visit to the otway bay and to magdalena island. what do you suggest? I'd go there for the penguins.

do you suggest to save a few hours to have a look at the zona franca (duty free market)?

Re: what to do in punta arenas

by Donna_in_India

Hi Bean - we did the same/similar cruise and it was fantastic. See you are asking about what to see in each port. Have you checked for information? I think you'll get a lot more information there than here. I'll try and post what we did port by port for you - some things were good, some were just okay. But overall, it was one of my favorite cruises. Ushuaia is absolutely beautiful. Happy Cruising!

Re: what to do in punta arenas

by vtveen

Punta Arenas itself doesn't have much to offer to tourists.
If possible I would recommend visiting Seno Otway Pinquinera.
Forget about the 'zona franca'; we have been there and it was rather disappointing.

happy travels

Re: what to do in punta arenas

by gfinesilver

see the penguins somewhere. that's pretty much all there is to do. magdalena is a longer and more expensive excursion than otway. on the way to otway you usually get to see some Nandus (like ostrich).

as for the Zona Franca, you aren't really going to find many deals. it's cheap for chileans but not for north americans and europeans, i assume you are one of the 2.

Travel Tips for Punta Arenas

Tipping in restaurants...

by Darkdread

No matter what your traveller books/guide tell you. In Punta Arenas we Chileans do not tip more than 10%. Sometimes we don't even tip at all. If you did not like the service (because it was slow or something like that) just do not tip and no one will give you bad looks.

Captain Adolfo Andresen's tomb

by globetrott

This the the tomb of the norwegian captain Adolfo Andresen (1872-1940) who was the founder of the Magallanes Whaling Society. In 1903 he began hunting for whales with hapoon-guns and in 1906 he founded a whaling-station in Deception island / Antarctica. He was accompanied by Wilhelmine Schroeder, who was the first woman to live in the Antarctic. Andresen was the first to take the flag of Chile to Antarctica

City view point

by elsadran

A few blocks west of the square the city goes uphill from where you can admire a panoramic view of the city. It's only a few steps up to Cerro la Cruz. There is a view point there. The view is rewarding !

green pastures

by willy_wonka

i like to think of this area of chile as the place where cows and penguins play together. along with the wilderness areas where penguins and guanacos roam, there are also numerous estancias making a living off the beautiful green pastures that this region has to offer. from punta arenas you can organise a trip to a working estancia to see how it runs, or of course, on your way out from punta arenas by car, you will see the numerous little houses dotting the land, fenced off with their cattle. this is a serene calming landscape... and its great to see that wilderness areas and farmlands can 'live' together.

The Regional Salesian Museum

by MikeAtSea

This Museum sadly does not reflect the true story of the history of the region since the Salesian’s are to blame for the destruction of the original local inhabitants. Having this in mind one can see a pictures and collections of the Salesian Mission, and some information about the native Indios that lived here and were persecuted by the army and the catholic missionaries.


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