Punta Arenas Travel Guide

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Punta Arenas Highlights

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     Happy people 

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     Changeable weather 

  • In a nutshell
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     Warm hearts in frozen Patagonia 

Punta Arenas Things to Do

  • Seno Otway Penguin Colony

    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...

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  • Nao Victoria - The Magellan Ship Replica

    An amazing way to get to know the history of the conquer of south america!If you are in Punta Arenas do not miss the chance to visit this Museum. It is the exact replica of the first ship ever to circumnavigate the globe, and is organized as an amazing expewrience that takes your breath oof!You can see how the crew was dressed, the things they use...

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  • Isla Magdalena: Penguins

    We basically only did one thing in Punta Arenas and that was to visit the Magellanic penguin colony on Isla Magdalena. There were around 70,000 to 80,000 penguins on the island when we visited (early December). According to the guide, every year, the penguins swim from Brazil around Cape Horn to the island to breed. The male penguins reach the...

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  • Charley Milward´s House

    Charley Milward was the great-uncle of Bruce Chatwin, a well known writer, who wrote a famous book about Patagonia called "In Patagonia". Milward lived in Punta Arenas at the start of the 20th century and the house where he lived is still standing in Punta Arenas. This was later home to another famous expat - Ernest Shackleton stayed here in 1916...

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  • An estancia/ranch with a difference!

    The Fitz Roy Estancia is about 90 minutes from Punta Arenas. The scenary is a mixture of flat Pampas and distant mountains until you come within 40 minutes of the ranch. Then you move into a more Scottish terrain (especially Skye) and you may see Condors and hunting birds coming from nearby crags.at one point your coach/car will be ferried across...

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  • Punta Areans Main Square

    One of the main points of Punta Arenas and where a lot of activity takes place is the town square, indentified by the statue of Hernando de Magellanes in the center. This place attract a lot of vendors selling their wares. You can buy quite a lot of trinkets here. It's also a place to just sit back and relax and watch the kids skateboarding and the...

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Punta Arenas Hotels

Punta Arenas Restaurants

  • Jekus

    The name not to appealing to you? Now that I think about it it's rather strange from my point of view. But the place is nice and cozy, especially in a town where it's pretty windy and cold. I had the Menu of the Day which was some sort of fish, I can't remember what kind it was but it was pretty good. They start you off with some bread and some...

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  • ... mark your hometown

    We had read a lot of recommendations about Restaurant La Luna ( strangely enough not on VT) and because it was located very close to our accommodation we decide to have diner there. We found ‘their’ colours yellow and blue everywhere as well outside as inside. It is a cosy restaurant with a very helpful and friendly staff and both times with a...

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  • Oh the Lamb

    Now this is a very good restaurant, not over the top but subtle and simple tasty food. The chief has a different menu ever day based on the best fresh food he can get in the market or off the boat. The feeling of the place is warm and cozy with the owners art. Chilean typical food, fish and seafood.The Patagonian lamb was to die for I can still...

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Punta Arenas Nightlife

  • Good food and cocktails

    Santino's not too expensive, it has pictures of "gauchos" and other nice decoratios. You can have pizzas (it's kinda italian cuisine) but also snacks and other dishes. There is an interesting variety of cocktails and beer (even corona with lime). It's coloquial. By the way, in Chile there is no particular tip thing, Chileans don't usually tip more...

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  • Kamikaze night club

    For our last night out as a group we went to the Kamikaze night club. I think the cover charge was about $6 US. The music was mostly top 40 pop/dance music with some south american pop music thrown in. We were told on good authority that the drinkto have was pisco and cola, only 1000 pesos but some what dubious in taste. The average clientel is...

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  • Not sure what this guy was...

    Not sure what this guy was doing(because I don't speak spanish)but people would put money in his box and he would play music, When I put money in he just looked at me and did nothing...I will have to learn spanish.

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Punta Arenas Transportation

  • Airplane ticket

    We've checked many ways to get cheap plane ticket for Chile trip.We've mix this with that ,try everything ,until final price for the whole trip to Chile was only 1,700 Euro. (2008) We've booked through website Lan Chile.This price include : 1.Inter Continental flight from Brussels to Santiago (via Madrid) 2.Santiago - Punta Arenas3.Punta Arenas...

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  • Punta Arenas airport to town.

    Punta Arenas airoprt is just a small airport.The arrival baggage claim area is very small, separate from main area by glass partition wall,can see people who are waiting impetiently in the other room.My backpack was considered by airline "odd luggage" may be because of this reason,made my backpack came out very last.When my bag arrived ,everybody...

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  • To Punta Arenas

    At Santiago airport,there's not many people use the self check-in machine probably it's still new and many tourists were in group ,they prefered to be in team with their leader with lots of baggages and questions to ask from ground staff.We headed to those line too but a ground staff asked us to go to self check-in instead.We can choose the seat by...

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Punta Arenas Shopping

  • A variety of things to buy

    Here you can buy everything, from Cadbury's Chocolates to Outdoors stuff or even clothes from the french Lacoste or the italian Paul and Shark. You can also find perfumes, technology items, music instruments, watches, etc.The shops in general have very good prices. While you are there, you can also go to the supermarket, the prices are lower than...

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  • A modern shopping mall

    To start, it is the southernmost shopping mall in the world. Its archictecture its based in the estancia's warehouses. The interior its decorated with ethnic selknam themed items. There you can find 3 department stores (Falabella, Ripley and La Polar), a hypermarket (Hiper Líder) and lots of shops incluiding fashion clothing, outdoors, gifts,...

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  • Handicrafts

    There are several shops around the plaza.They sell local handicrafts, wool clothing, hiking gear, postcards, or whatever you are looking for.We were told that there are usually stalls set up in the plaza but since it was closed we didn't get to see those. You can find penguins of most any size that you might want from very small to lifesize.Warm...

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Punta Arenas Local Customs

  • graves of children

    While it is interesting to see the giant monuments errected for the rich people like Memendez and Sara Braun it is a lot more touching to walk as well into the side-parts of the cemetery and see the graves of the ordinary people, especially touching are the graves of babies, that will have small windows with all kinds of toys etc.

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  • stray-dogs

    Stray-dogs seem to be a common problem in Chile and you will see them at many places. Some of them are really clever and they made the surroundings of the Magellan-monument their home, sitting on the benches and begging for food at the tourists. At least they are mostly not agressive but rather intimidated and will run away, when you shout at them...

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  • kiss the foot of the indian and you will...

    Kiss or touch the foot of the indian sitting below the monument of Magellan and you will return to Patagonia !That is a custom that many people seem to follow and when you take a closer look at my photograph you will see that the foot is a lot more shining than the rest of the sculpture.For a very long time the native population of Patagonia was...

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Punta Arenas Warnings and Dangers

  • Isla Magdalena/solo expeditions-better...

    Just another side to the Solo Expedition review above. My take on the review is the sea was too choppy to be safe in the boat and the Captain used poor judgment to go. The alt. would have been no trip that day for the writer with this group. I had a wonderful experience with Solo Expeditions and am writing this because they left at 7 AM and...

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  • I'm not guilty!

    Now, this is something I'd thought I'd share with all of you. Chances are this might not happen to you, but you never know, because it did to me. Be careful how you conduct yourself, this goes for anywhere. The reason I say this was because I was walking near the port area when this car pulled up alongside me. One gentlemen got out of the car and...

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  • Great for wheelchairs, but bad for...

    The pavewalk and the street are at the same level, that is quite good for people with wheel-chairs, but at the other hand there are some obstacles to prevent cars from parking on the pavewalks. When walking and searching for great places to take photographs you might stumble like I almost did before I realized these concrete-things in the street.In...

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Punta Arenas Tourist Traps

  • Patagoniashorex Tours

    We booked 1 day excursions with this agency and its manager Jaimie while visiting Punta Arenas as part of our honeymoon cruise and got half of what was agreed. To be more precise, we went for :HORSE BACK RIDE: The price is Usd 75 each one for 2 hours LAMB BARBECUE: The price is Usd 75 each one, show and food included. Out of all this we finally got...

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  • This is the store where I...

    This is the store where I purchased that wooden penguin, they had jackets, hats, socks and other things made of wool here. I think a lot of it was made from Alpacha wool.

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  • This is some of the jewlery...

    This is some of the jewlery they had for sale in Punta Arenas, Lapas lazuel(sp) (I know I spelled that wrong) is the stone used in most jewlery..it only comes from 2 places in the world. Chili and Afghanistan.

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Punta Arenas What to Pack

  • we were freezing ...

    We visited Punta Arenas during late spring (early December) and still it can be ‘winter’. Specially when visiting the penguin colonie (sometimes with a boat trip) it can be (very) cold. Besides the weather can change very quickly; during our visit we had rather good weather in the morning in Punta Arenas and in the afternoon at Seno Otway it was...

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  • Stay warm

    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.

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Punta Arenas Off The Beaten Path

  • Way South of the Beaten Path--...

    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...

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  • Otway Sound and Penguin Reserve

    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...

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  • the monument of Bernardo O'Higgins

    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.

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Punta Arenas Favorites

  • Night Life

    I was there for work, but I loved the terrain Eating dinner at a restaurant eating goey duck.. it was gross for both of us. we still has a lot of fun

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  • Reciprocity tax

    US citizens pay a reciprocity tax of USD$100 in cash upon entry into the country. The receipt is valid for the life of your passport. This tax is applied to countries that charge Chilean citizens a fee to process visas. However most countries have a visa waiver agreement with Chile.

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  • Currency in Chile

    The Chilean currency is the Peso. Most of the time you will pay with notes, since the coins do not represent much value. Banknotes of the following nomination exist: $1000, $2000, $5,000, $10,000, $20,000 and coins of $1, $5, $10, $50, $100 and $500.

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