Punta Arenas - Patagonia Chile

Activities in Punta Arenas, Patagonia Chile

What to do: Punta Arenas
To 'Fuerte Bulnes'
Leave Punta Arenas toward the south skirting Magellan's Strait; in the kilometer 51 you’ll get to the monolith that points out the Geographical Center of Chile, between Arica and the South Pole. 5 kilometers of that point is located Fuerte Bulnes, that has been founded in 1843 on Santa Ana's muzzle, with a very good panorama on the strait. After some years, the population of this fortification was transferred to where Punta Arenas was founded. A couple of more kilometers to the south, you will arrive to the outlet of the river San Juan in Magellan's strait. This river, of very good fishing, has in its banks some summer facilities.



Punta Arenas - Ushuaia (4 NIGHTS)
Saturday:
1.00 p.m.- 5.00 p.m.: Passengers check in at Magallanes 990, Punta Arenas.
6.00 pm -7.00 pm: Boarding "Mare Australis" Expedition cruiseship. The crew, headed by the Captain, will welcome you aboard for cocktails with your cruise companions. Immediately after, the ship will depart towards the city of Ushuaia, through the mythical Strait of Magellan, sailing through the Patagonian Channels and around Tierra del Fuego. The beginning of a great adventure.
Sunday:
With the first light of dawn, navigation will continue through Almirantazgo Fjord. We will disembark in Ainsworth Bay near Marinelli Glacier, where we will take a walk to see an elephant seal colony closely and we will also appreciate the Magellan Forests. Disembark at the bay of the Brookes Glacier to hike near the glacier. Monday:
Disembark in the bay of the Pia Glacier and excursion to an observation point.
Navigate through the Beagle Channel and appreciate the spectacular "Glacier Avenue".
Tuesday:
Navigation through the Beagle Channel and Murray Channel to disembark at the Cabo de Hornos (Cape Horn) National Park, weather permitting.
We will visit Horn Island to get a panoramic view of the famous and mythical Cape Horn, the place where the Pacific and Atlantic oceans merge and the last promontory of South America.
Disembark in Puerto Williams, the southernmost town of the world.
Wednesday:
Arrival at Ushuaia, the most important Argentinean city of the Tierra del Fuego and the southernmost city in the world.
Disembarkment of passengers at 8:00 a.m.

To Riesco island

Leave Punta Arenas toward Puerto Natales, in the kilometer 43 take a deviation to the left (rubble); by that road and 35 kilometers ahead skirting the breast Otway you will arrive to the estancia (country property) Olga Teresa. There you can hire a cavalcade to the cave of the Condors, from where you will be able to appreciate these birds closely. In the kilometer 90 you will get to Río Verde, a town with hostel where it is the barge to cross the channel Fitz Roy and to arrive at the Island Riesco. The island has a road that skirts it by the north and the south next to the breast Skyring and Otway respectively and as the roads ascend the landscape turns more forested, with very beautiful views on the sea and the islands.

Other embarked trips from Punta Arenas

To the Natural Monument ‘Los Pingüinos’: in the Island Magdalena. The barges leave from the jetty or from ‘Tres Puentes’ toward the north by the Magellan's strait until arriving at the island Magdalena. During the walk inside the island you will be able to see big colonies of different birds and one of the biggest penguin places in the south of the continent, of Magellan's variety penguins. You will also be able to visit the lighthouse of the island, in which will find a Center of Environmental Interpretation.
To the southern patagonic archipelago: this trip is expensive. It is necessary to go aboard from 3 to 7 days in trips that leave toward the south, in deluxe ship, to travel the confines of South America: channel of Beagle, the glaciers Parry, Marinelli, Serrano, Pía and Garibaldi. They also visit one another the cities of Port Williams, in the island Navarino (Chile) and Ushuaia in the Republic Argentina. This trip will allow you to visit unique landscapes in the planet and of an extraordinary beauty.

Punta Arenas - Ushuaia (3 NIGHTS)
Wednesday:
1.00 p.m.- 5.00 p.m.: Passengers check in at Magallanes 990, Punta Arenas.
6.00 pm -7.00 pm: Boarding "Via Australis" expedition cruiseship. The crew, headed by the Captain, will welcome you aboard for cocktails with your cruise companions. Immediately after, the ship will depart towards the city of Ushuaia, through the mythical Strait of Magellan, sailing through the Patagonian Channels and around Tierra del Fuego. The beginning of a great adventure.
Thursday
:
With the first light of dawn, navigation will continue through Almirantazgo Fjord. We will disembark in Ainsworth Bay near Marinelli Glacier, where we will take a walk to see an elephant seal colony closely and we will also appreciate the Magellan Forests.
During the afternoon, we will approach Tucker Islet on board zodiac boats to admire a small colony of Magellan Penguins. We will also see other bird species such as Skuas and Cormorants. The presence of dolphins and sea lions is also likely. Friday:
DSightseeing of Garibaldi Glacier and the impressive snow-covered mountains of the Darwin Range.
Disembark at the coast of the Garibaldi Inlet to take an adventurous excursion where we will appreciate the wild vegetation and forests on the slopes of the mountains of the region.
Disembark in the bay of the Pia Glacier and hike to an observation point.
Saturday:
Early arrival to Ushuaia, the most important Argentinean city on Tierra del Fuego island and the southernmost city in the world.
Disembarkation after breakfast, from 8:00 a.m. onwards. Our great adventure ends.

To Pecket coal mine and Otway penguin colony

Departing from Punta Arenas toward the north. In the kilometer 27 rotate by the road toward the left, 13 kilometers ahead you will arrive to the coast of the breast Otway; about 8 more kilometers you will find the mine Pecket that explodes one of the biggest sky open carboniferous mantels of the world. Very near there is located the penguin place of the breast Otway that occupies a couple of coast kilometers. In 1990 the German College of Punta Arenas took charge of the conservation of this place, since it was about to disappear. Fortunately it is repopulating already counting with near 4,000 couples of Magellan penguins that nest every year.

Places to visit in the city

• The Institute of The Patagonia, with a Museum of the Memory with carriages and machineries of the time of the pioneers, a marine pavilion, housings of the colonists’ time, old carpentry shop, a map room and very complete library with sale of publications specialized in regional matters.
• The Regional Museum Salesiano Maggiorino Borgatello. One of the most important of the Patagonia, especially renowned because of its ethnographic collection on the tribes that populated these lands: the tehuelches, yaganes, alacalufes and onas.
• The Square Muñoz Gamero, with an impressive sculpture of brass of Hernando de Magallanes in the center. The mansions of the big pioneers of the cattle raising are around the square, among which stand out: Palacio Sara Braun and Palacio Braun Menéndez.
• The Foreign trade zone. With an area for wholesalers of more than 25 hectares and a Business center with two levels, ideal for the fanatics of the tax-free shopping.

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