Punta Arenas

Punta Arenas

Things to do - general

Punta Arenas (or Sandy Point in English) is the capital city of Chile’s southernmost region, overlooking the Straits of Magellan.  Punta Arenas reflects a great mix of cultures, from English sheep ranchers, Croatian settlers to Portuguese sailors, and it remains an utterly fascinating testament to the Chile’s rich history. Punta Arenas is also the starting point for excursions to some of the most spectacular scenery in the world.

Don’t trust the weather forecast, usually you can get rain, wind, and sun all in the same day. Snow is always expected to fall in the winter.

 

Punta Arenas is the launching point for various expeditions to (relatively) nearby Antarctica.

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Sports & nature

Activities and excursions from the city of Punta Arenas:

Whale watching

Penguins's colony (from november to february)

Ski in winter (with a sea view)

Ice skating (indoor all year round))

Horse riding

Trekking

Crossing the strait of Magellan to visit Tierra del Fuego

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Nightlife info

Beside the casino with live music, the city has a handful of good bars and pubs, plus a few discos. One of the most popular pubs is Santino, and it is especially suitable for large groups. Or try the more intimate ambience of the La Taberna  cellar bar, below the Hotel José Nogueira at the corner of Bories and Sequel across from the plaza; appetizers are available. Another popular spot is Pub 1900 , at the corner of Avenida Colón and Bories; yet another pub is the El Galeón, Av. 21 de Mayo 1243, below the Hotel Isla Rey Jorge. The Cabo de Hornos Hotel , on the plaza, has its chic bar but more somber atmosphere.

The Cine Estrella, Mejicana 777 , is the only cinema in town. Call or check newspaper listings for what's playing.

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Culture and history info

Little more than 150 years old, Punta Arenas was originally a military garrison and penal settlement that later proved to be conveniently situated for ships headed to California during the gold rush. Compared to the initial Chilean settlement at Fuerte Bulnes, 60km south, the town had a better, more protected harbor, and superior access to wood and water. For many years English maritime charts had called the site 'Sandy Point, ' and this became its rough Spanish equivalent.

During its early years Punta Arenas' economy depended on wild animal products, including sealskins, guanaco hides and feathers, mineral products (including coal and gold), and guano, timber and firewood. None of these was a truly major industry, and the economy didn't take off until the last quarter of the 19th century after the territorial governor authorized the purchase of 300 purebred sheep from the Falkland Islands. This successful experiment encouraged others to invest in sheep and, by the turn of the century, nearly two million animals grazed the territory.

The area's commercial and pastoral empires were built on the backs of international immigrant labor, including English, Irish, Scots, Croats, French, Germans, Spaniards, Italians and others. Many locals trace their family origins to these diverse settlers. Today evidence of this mass migration can be seen in the street names throughout town and on headstones in the cemetery. Church services are still held in English, while the many mansions created by the wealthy are now hotels, banks and museums.

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Cabo de Hornos

Cabo de Hornos

Plaza Muñoz Gamero 1039, Punta Arenas, Punta Arenas
The elegant Cabo de Hornos Hotel is located in the historic town of Punta Arenas overlooking the str More info
Dreams del Estrecho

Dreams del Estrecho

O'Higgins 1235, Punta Arenas
Boasting a large indoor swimming pool with views of the lake, Dreams del Estrecho offers a sauna roo More info
Finis Terrae

Finis Terrae

Av. Colón 766, Punta Arenas
Best Western Hotel Finis Terrae in downtown Punta Arenas The 4-star rooms at Best Western Hotel Fini More info
La Yegua Loca

La Yegua Loca

Fagnano 310, Punta Arenas
La Yegua Loca Boutique Hotel is located in the beautiful and southern city of Punta Arenas in Chile, More info
Rey Don Felipe

Rey Don Felipe

A. Sanhueza 965, Punta Arenas
Comfortable accommodation with free Wi-Fi is offered at Rey Don Felipe. It is situated in Punta Aren More info
Full Day Torres del Paine Express From Punta Arenas

Full Day Torres del Paine Express From Punta Arenas

Punta Arenas
Torres del Paine National Park From Punta Arenas WHY YOU SHOULD GO You don’t mind to shar More info
Meet the Penguins

Meet the Penguins

Punta Arenas
Join us on a boat excursion to ISLA MAGDALENA PENGUIN’S COLONY Both islands form an interestin More info
Australis

Australis

Take an unforgettable voyage on the Stella Australis or the Ventus Australis through Tierra del Fueg More info
M/N FORREST

M/N FORREST

  Photo expedition and nature cruise aboard the M/N Forrest. You will navigate through fjords More info
Chevrolet Traverse

Chevrolet Traverse

Price per day U$ 145
Car typeSUV
Max people6
Door count5
Minimum driver age21
TransmissionAutomatic
Air-conditioned?Yes
Unlimited mileage?Yes
Great Wall Wingle

Great Wall Wingle

Price per day U$ 59,000
Car typePick-up truck
Max people5
Door count4
Minimum driver age21
TransmissionManual
Air-conditioned?Yes
Unlimited mileage?Yes
Mazda BT-50

Mazda BT-50

Price per day U$ 130
Car type4x4
Max people4
Door count4
Minimum driver age21
TransmissionManual
Air-conditioned?Yes
Unlimited mileage?Yes
Renault Symbol

Renault Symbol

Price per day U$ 65
Car typeSedan
Max people4
Door count4
Minimum driver age21
TransmissionManual
Air-conditioned?Yes
Unlimited mileage?Yes
Suzuki Ciaz

Suzuki Ciaz

Price per day U$ 65
Car typeSedan
Max people4
Door count4
Minimum driver age21
TransmissionManual
Air-conditioned?Yes
Unlimited mileage?Yes
Suzuki Grand Nomade

Suzuki Grand Nomade

Price per day U$ 112
Car type4x4
Max people4
Door count4
Minimum driver age21
TransmissionManual
Air-conditioned?Yes
Unlimited mileage?Yes