With port and sheep-breeding history, the gateway into Antartica will captivate you with its clean air and sophisticated European architecture.
Take a boat or a kayak along the Magellan Straits and you’ll be surprised by the penguins as they welcome you to Magdalena Island. Go on an adventure to Tierra del Fuego and discover the best kept secrets of the Kawesqar and Selk’nam people, indigenous to the southernmost part of Chile.
Go back in time walking around Punta Arenas’ cementary. Its beautiful gardens bring elegance to the tombs of historical characters of the area. If you like shopping, the duty free area is the ideal location to get souvenirs from your trip.
Stretch your legs walking around the Main Square and take in its traditions. The Statue of the Indian is waiting for you to kiss or touch its feet, which people say means you’ll be back.
DISCOVER PUNTA ARENAS
4 Days/ 3 Nights
DAY 1 PUNTA ARENAS
Reception and transfer from airport to the hotel of your choice.
Overnight in Punta Arenas.
DAY 2 PUNTA ARENAS – CITY TOUR
Half Day. The city of Punta Arenas, located in Chile’s southernmost region, was founded on 18 December 1848. The first site visited is Cerro Mirador (hill) to enjoy wonderful panoramic views of the city and Straights of Magellan. Next comes the Monument in honor of Hernando Magallanes, near Plaza Muñoz Gamero, featuring figures of Ona natives lying at its feet. The tour continues to the Museo Regional Salesiano, hosting a magnificent exhibition on the aborigine peoples of the region, including the Yagan, Ona and Alacalufe. Lastly, visitors may visit the Museum of History of Magallanes, housed in the Braun Menendez Palace that features exhibitions on the region’s contemporary history. The tour ends with a last stop at the main square before returning to the hotel.
Overnight in Punta Arenas
DAY 3 MAGDALENA & MARTHA ISLANDS
Half Day. Isla Magdalena is a National Park located on the Straits of Magellan, 35 km (2.7 mi.) north of the city of Punta Arenas. To reach the island, one needs to sail for 2 ½ hours along a route that was also followed by other famous seafarers, such as Francis Drake, Pedro Sarmiento de Gamboa, Hernando de Magallanes and Charles Darwin himself. Once on the island, a hike leads to the large colonies of Chilean penguins, with an estimated population of 60,000 breeding pairs of Magellanic Penguins. It’s also poled to reach the lighthouse, from where a lovely view of the island and surrounds can be admired. The visit to the island lasts for an hour or so. At the end of tour, we return to the city of Punta Arenas.
Overnight in Punta Arenas.
DAY 4 PUNTA ARENAS
On due time, we will be driven to the airport to board the flight to the next destination.