This is where the Presidente Eduardo Frei Montalva - permanent station of Chile, Antarctica is supported and is the point you leave from by air to get to Antarctica from. Well this is way of the beaten Path but from this place you can fly to President Frei Base on the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula. You see I was here looking at Medical support for a Trans Antarctica expedition. This is really on King George Island, just off the Peninsula , the little town that supports scientific researchers is Villa Las Estrellas this is , one of only about 70 scientific posts built by 2 dozen different countries on nations on the Antarctica
Tours of Chile and Fildes bays with it penguin rookery, and walks through Villa de Las Estrellas, the main population center in the area, are some of the activities that visitors can do.
Only a few hours away from Punta Arenas -- down one day over night and back the next. Cool ya,
DAP the Airline base in Punta Arenas office is at 891 O´Higgins 891 St.
Punta Arenas - Chile
About over 40 miles from Punta Arenas out to the North is Otway Sound. Otway Sound is a special place in that it is home to one of the biggest penguin colonies in South America. It is here where you can, from November to apx. March, that you'll be able to witness hundreds of Magellanic Penguins in their natural habitat. It's a very distant place so the isolation is perfect for these tuxedo birds. A joy to watch!
You will find the monument for Bernardo O'Higgins not far from the place, where you are leaving the port of Punta Arenas. Capitan General Bernardo O'Higgins is the "father" of Chile's independance and you will find his monuments in almost any bigger town of Chile.
The Salesianer church is in a distance of 800 meters from the centre of town and it has an interesting interior that is worth seeing. Salesianer Monks were in charge of education and development at the end of the world, unfortunately not always following the principles of mankind and the catholic religion, when it comes to the native population of Patagonia. For many centuries the indios were seen as wild creatures without human rights. A bitter heritage of the church !
Dont miss to take a closer look at this interesting Bonsai-garden in the back of Palacio Jose Montes. It is a nice collection of about 20 trees that are obviously getting along quite well with the rough climate at the "end of the world"
No entrance-fee or other restrictions, just walk through the open gate to the back of the garden !
Palacio Jose Montes and the Bonsai Gardens are opposite of the Tourist-information-kiosk on Plaza Muñoz Gamero.
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.
This building at the corner of Plaza Muñoz Gamero used to be the "Sociedad Anonima Comercial del Sur" founded in 1874 by Menendez Behety. It is a travel-agency nowadays and a part of it is also used by the norwegian Konsulate. This house attracted my attention by its great architecture, just enlarge my photographs and you will see some fancy decorations at its facade !
Club Militar de Oficiales - most probably the officer's club - is one of the lovely old palaces close to the Palacio Sara Braun at Plaza Muñoz Gamero. Of course you cannot enter it, but at least you can take a look into the scenic gardens and enjoy the great architecture of the building, built at the end of the 19th century, during the high time and prosperity of a few immigrants who came from Europe in order to find their luck at the end of the world.
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
Once in Punta Arenas ask the taxi driver to take you to the "barca local" to go to "Porvenir." He will drive you over to the dock. My advice is that you check the time before expecting to go. The boat leaves every other day early in the morning. The schedule changes from season to season so your best bet is to go down to the boat dock the day before you want to go and check the schedule. I found it fun, after wrapping myself up in cold weather gear, to stand outside as the boat crossed the ocean area Magellan sailed through. The fare is cheap and doesn't cost too much. It was around ten dollars to Porvenir and back to Punta Arenas and worth every penny.
If you are arriving by plane, make sure that you reserve a window seat o the left hand side of the aircraft; seat “A”. The flight path follows the course of the Andes Mountains. Snow covered peaks, glaciers and deep valleys can be seen from the plane. Sometimes it seams one can touch the mountains below - since they reach 6000 meters and more.
Monumento Natural Los Pingno. This is a must see sight.
97 ha in the middle of the Magellan Strait which is home to up to 50,000 penguins.
Not just penguins mate here but also Imperial and Falkland cormorants and common and Austral seagulls plus some foxes,
You can also walk up the hill and check out the old lighthouse. The views from there are great.