Tierra Del Fuego

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Avenida Colon 716, Punta Arenas, Patagonia, Chile
Tierra Del Fuego
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Costs about the same, but rated 13% higher than other 4.5 star hotels

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Tres Puentes PierTres Puentes Pier

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the landingstage of your tenderboatsthe landingstage of your tenderboats

The regional Salesianer MuseumThe regional Salesianer Museum

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Punta Arena on New Year's day

by debbieO

Hi, We are family of 3, arriving Punta Arenas on 01/01/2010 by Star Princess.
I'd like to get some information on what is like on New Year's day in Punta Arenas? Will there taxi or tour operators at the Port? Will the stores be open? Shall I prearrange a tour just in case everything is closed on that day?

Re: Punta Arena on New Year's day

by globetrott

as soon as you are leaving the port-area,there are taxis waiting but I prefered again to walk.Palacio Sara Braun is one of the main attractions and this museum has a main-museum-entrance that might be closed on a holiday, but you can get inside of it through the hotel in the same building. Another sight is the graveyard with tombs large like houses, that is quite far to walk and it is also next to the Salesianer Museum.
Tours will go here also to the penguins outside of town as a daytrip.
except for the penguins you can do everything on your own, I spent about 3-4 hours to see what is in my page about this city.

Re: Punta Arena on New Year's day

by vtveen

Another daytrip brings you to Fort Bulnes.
We did Fort Bulnes and a visit to Seno Otway Penguin Colony on one day by a rental car.

As said Punta Arenas itself doesn't offer too much.

Happy travels

Re: Punta Arena on New Year's day

by crazyman2

I agree with Globetrot ---but you may wish to visit the FitzWilliam (?) estancia on a ships tour. Depends what you like! If you're into scenary rather like Scotland and want to enjoy a good meal/wine as well as see the amazing museum (everday objects!) then try it! I've written a page or so about it.

Also, the Estancia visit in Montevideo is one of the best experiences I've had in my life ---so inspiring, such fun! There is a page or two on my site.

Do have fun!

Oh, if you're doing the Falklands...there is little shelter from the rain as you wait for a ships tender so do take an umbrella/jacket.

Re: Punta Arena on New Year's day

by debbieO

Thank you all for your input.
I read "My Southamerica-cruise in Jan 2008" by globetrott
and crazyman2's home page. Many useful information.

Travel Tips for Punta Arenas

Kiss the indian's toe!!

by Darkdread

In Punta Arenas there is a legend: any person who visits it, has to kiss to do the indian ritual and then, luck will bring him/her back (don't do this if you do not want to come back :)
There is a monument in the center of the main square. Explorer Ferndinand of Magellan is on top, but there are other 4 in the lower area. One of them is a Selknam native holding a bow. His foot is really low so, tourist come close and kiss his toe (you will notice that it's really 'polished' after so many years of toe kissing) because the legend says those who kiss it will come back one day.

Palacio Blanchard

by globetrott

This is Palacio Blanchard, also built on Plaza Muñoz Gamero and inside it has an institute about Antactica nowadays, the Instituto Antarctico Chileno. The palace was built in 1907 for Mr. Blanchard, who was one of the pioneers of whale-hunting in the Antarctic.

departmento Antartico

by Ekahau

Punta Arenas like Christ church New Zealand is the staging point for much of the activity in Antarctica. The office of the Chilean Antarctica support logistics and research is based here. And the only private on the Ice group is staged out of here as well it is Adventure Network International now acquired by Antarctic logistics.

A staff of around twenty administrators, camp organizers, food-, weather- and navigation people and hired pilots arrive around October to the ANI headquarters located in an old wooden townhouse in Punta Arenas. Bursting with activity the staff commences to prepare for the Antarctic summer season. ANI caters to South Pole trekkers, Mount Vinson climbers, wildlife watchers and polar scientists.

A warehouse at the edge of the city holds airplane fuel drums and trekkers sleds.

The Sarah Braun House

by wadekorzan

This house is located just around the main square of the city. Sarah Braun, 1 of the wealtthiest persons to have ever have lived in Punta Arenas. She and her family had made a fortune in the wool industry which used to predominate the economy. Having very elaborate tastes, the house used to be furnished with Tiffany lamps, Flemish tapestries, and furniture imported from Europe. The house nowadays operates as a hotel and a restaurant, and is a great place to have a snack or a meal.

Seno Otway Penguin Colony

by vtveen

We decided to visit the penguin colony at the Otway Sound, along the coast of the Brunswick Peninsula north west of Punta Arenas. First heading along the main road to Puerto Natales and just at the police check point we turned left to Seno Otway. This is a gravel road through the steppe with now and then some emu’s along the road. After 35 km’s of bumping we reached the entrance of the penguin colony.

We paid our entrance fee and walk along the walkways towards the sea and suddenly we saw our first ever real penguins walking on their own funny way to the sea. From that moment on there were Magelannes penguins everywhere in the grassland and on the beach. The last we could see from behind a sheltered viewing point and because the cold wind (almost a storm) was coming from the sea it was unbelievable COLD !!
Sometimes it looked if the penguins were afraid to jump into a little stream, but they were always so cute and nice when waddling to or from the sea to catch fish or to bring it to the burrows for their offsprings.

Fondest memory
We were already going back to our car when we suddenly saw a young penguin, just leaving its burrow and standing in front of us next to the walkway. We could have touched him/her, but of course just made some pictures, perhaps the nicest of our holiday’.

Seno Otway:
Open from October 15 – March 30, best time to visit after mid November when the offsprings are born.
Opening hours: daily 8.00 am – 8.00 pm, best time before 10.00 am or after 4.00 pm.
Entrance fee: 5000 pesos (January 2010).


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