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Punta Arenas
Chile

The port of Punta Arenas is located on the Strait of Magellan, in southern Chile, in the Patagonia region. The landscape is characterized by its mountains and glaciers.

Originally inhabited by indigenous peoples, this region, an obligatory passage for trade between Europe and America, was later colonized. The construction of the Panama Canal will reduce the region’s importance in world trade.

Useful Information

Language

Spanish

Currency

CLP
Chilean peso - In small communities, it is recommended to have cash, as credit cards are generally not accepted.

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Time difference

UTC: -3

from New York: +2h

from San Francisco: +4h

from London: -3h

Tips

A 10% tip will be appreciated in restaurants.

Weather
°C °F

MonthTemperature (Celsius)Temperature (Fahrenheit)Precipitations
Minimum
Average
Maximum
(mminch)
January
7 44
11 52
15 59
361.50
February
6 43
10 50
14 58
321.25
March
5 41
9 47
12 54
441.75
April
3 38
6 44
10 49
461.75
May
1 34
4 39
7 44
482.00
June
0 32
2 36
5 40
381.50
July
-0 31
2 36
5 40
381.50
August
0 32
3 37
5 41
351.50
September
1 34
4 40
7 45
321.25
October
3 37
7 44
11 51
261.00
November
4 40
8 47
12 54
321.25
December
6 42
10 50
14 57
351.50

Where is locate the Port of Punta Arenas

Ships anchor at the port of Punta Arenas. Tender boats will take you, in about 10 minutes, to the pier of the Puerto del Estrecho located in the center of the city.

Travelling around the port of Punta Arenas

Il est possible d’explorer la ville à pied. Des taxis sont aussi disponibles.

La Plaza Munoz Gamero est située à 10-15 minutes de marche en passant par l’Avenida Independencia et la rue 21 de Mayo. Un kiosque touristique s’y trouve.

Activities in Punta Arenas

Landmarks

City’s Name Sign

The city’s name sign is on the right of the harbour. You will see cormorants on the remains of ancient docks.

Cerro La Cruz Mirador

From this point, you will have a magnificent view of the city and its colorful buildings with the strait in the background. It’s a 10 minutes walk from the main square, climbing several steps.

Municipal Cemetery

The place is surprising and you will find the tomb of the unknown Indian. It is a 20-minute walk from the main square.

Historical sites

Fort Bulnes

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This military fortress was established on a rocky cliff to protect the strait. Subsequently, in 1848, the town of Punta Arenas was created in a place more suitable to the establishment of a city.

Museums

Salesiano de Maggiorino Borgatello Museum

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This museum of ethnography, founded by a congregation of Italian missionaries, presents exhibitions on the culture, history, fauna and flora of the region. The Cultural Centre, located in the same building, is a good testament to the prosperity of the region before the construction of the Panama Canal.

Nature

Otway Sound

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A colony of nearly 4,000 Magellanic penguins present between October and March.

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