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Magellanic penguins, Magdalena Island, off Punta Arenas

Punta Arenas

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Introduction

The southern Patagonian city of Punta Arenas has led a varied existence since its foundation in 1848. At one time or other it has served as a whaling station, penal colony, military base and a centre for sheep farming. Today, Punta Arenas is a charming and peaceful city, which makes a good stopping-off point on the way to or from Tierra del Fuego, across the Magellan Strait.

A statue of Magellan, with a mermaid and two Fuegian Indians at his feet, stands prominently in the Plaza Munoz Gamero. There are also several good museums in the city, with exhibits on Patagonia's fascinating maritime and natural histories. Punta Arenas is a regular stop-off on the Patagonia luxury cruise route - with nearby attractions including a colony of 150,000 Magellanic penguins at Isla Magdalena and scenic look-outs for whale watching.

Special offers in Punta Arenas

Spirit of Chile with Tierra Hotels

14-day tailor-made journey from £6,285 pp

Special
offer

Discount if staying at three Tierra hotels – Save up to £620 pp
Book by: 30 April 2018

Witness breathtaking landscapes ranging from the vast expanses of the Atacama Desert in the north, through the verdant central plains and sweeping vineyards of the country's central region, to the lakes, glaciers and towering mountains of Patagonia in the south.

Fjords and Glaciers of Chile on Silversea

22-day stay & expedition voyage from £9,470 pp incl. flights

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offer

Exclusive fly cruise offer with $200 on board credit
Book by: 16 January 2018

Contrast a full spread of excursions among the wildlife and wilder landscapes of Patagonia with ultra-luxury indulgences.

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Top itineraries in Punta Arenas

Patagonia and the Carretera Austral

14-day tailor-made self-drive from £3,400 pp incl. flights

Combine an adventurous drive on the Carretera Austral from Balmaceda to Valle Chacabuco with a stay in the world-famous Torres del Paine National Park. This 14-day tour also includes a stay, and guided tour, in Chile's capital, Santiago.

Highlights of Chile

13-day tailor-made journey from £4,405 pp incl. flights

From the austere landscapes of the north to the granite spires of the Patagonian south and the cities of Santiago and Valparaíso in between, this 13-day tailor-made holiday takes in the best of Chile’s history, heritage, landscapes and wildlife.

Spirit of Chile with Tierra Hotels

14-day tailor-made journey from £6,285 pp

Special
offer

Discount if staying at three Tierra hotels – Save up to £620 pp
Book by: 30 April 2018

Witness breathtaking landscapes ranging from the vast expanses of the Atacama Desert in the north, through the verdant central plains and sweeping vineyards of the country's central region, to the lakes, glaciers and towering mountains of Patagonia in the south.

Fjords and Glaciers of Chile on Silversea

22-day stay & expedition voyage from £9,470 pp incl. flights

Exclusive
offer

Exclusive fly cruise offer with $200 on board credit
Book by: 16 January 2018

Contrast a full spread of excursions among the wildlife and wilder landscapes of Patagonia with ultra-luxury indulgences.

See all itinerary ideas

Top places to stay in Punta Arenas

MV Stella Australis

Luxury cruise ship

Cruise through wildlife rich fjords and past colossal icebergs to Patagonia's breathtaking scenery, secluded beaches and historic ports of call.

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When to go to Punta Arenas

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