About Punta Arenas

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Punta Arenas

Welcome to Punta Arenas, historical and emblematic city from where to visit one of the most beautiful corners of the planet. For many centuries it was the main port in navigation between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, before the opening of the Panama Canal in 1914, being a large commercial center in the southern tip of South America. This has characterized its center, with a prominent European design in its architecture. The city offers endless possibilities to enjoy an unforgettable stay: it is the cultural capital of Patagonia, with its museums and its unique architecture; its restaurants where you can enjoy the most varied gastronomy; its shops, its cafes and its waterfront. But best of all, its to discover it by yourself. We are waittig for you!

Punta Arenas offers a particular beauty, an european style mixed with the Patagonian culture. A city where you can visit the Muñoz Gamero Square, the Sara Braun Palace and the Braun Menéndez Palace, both declared National Monument. Other attractions are Fuerte Bulnes, the Magallanes National Reserve, the Cerro Mirador ski center and the Sanctuary of Mary Help of Christians.

COSTANERA DEL ESTRECHO

Costanera en el Estrecho de Magallanes

It is an extensive coastal avenue of the Strait that transits along the City of Punta Arenas.

It has multiple possibilities to enjoy it well by taking a walk or bike ride. You will find a wide variety of vestiges of the old docks and boats that gave life to the city. In addition to being able to contemplate species that decide to appear during your walk: sea birds, mainly in the old docks that serve as innkeepers and nesting sites for cormorants and seagulls. It is also possible to spot marine mammals, such as southern dolphins, sea lions and possibly whales.

 CERRO DE LA CRUZ LOOKOUT

Mirador Cerro de la Cruz

If you are a fan of the selfies, you will have to go up to the Cerro de la Cruz. A viewpoint from where you will see a panoramic view of the city, the Strait of Magellan, coming to see in the distance Tierra del Fuego Island, Monte Sarmiento and the area South of the Brunswick Peninsula.

It is very easy to reach it, since you only have to access from the Plaza de Armas towards Fagnano street and continue towards the hill, about 15 minutes walk.

MUNICIPAL MARKET

One of the most wonderful places in the city, where its aromas, colors and flavors are transformed into reality. It is an extensive coastal avenue of the Strait that transits along the City of Punta Arenas. You can buy fresh products, especially fish and seafood, as well as taste the specialties of the Magellan gastronomy in its different restaurants. You can not stop trying the king crab, the southern hake or the Magellanic conger.

It also has a shopping area where you can make some purchases of popular crafts

ARMAS SQUARE

Plaza de Armas Punta Arena

Also known as Benjamín Muñoz Gamero square, its the neuralgic center of the City. It is also bordered by some of the most emblematic buildings of the city such as the Cathedral, Sara Braun Palace, or the Municipality.

The square invites to rest and observe the day to day of its people. In the center there is a bronze sculpture that represents the navigator Hernando de Magallanes. Don’t forget to touch his feet!

 PUNTA ARENAS CATHEDRAL

Catedral

At the Plaza de Armas you can find this beautiful iconic building and its renaissance tower that is consecrated to the order of the Salesians. You can contemplate a beautiful architecture, it is well preserved. Precisely its clarity and simplicity is part of its appeal.

MARÍA BEHETTY PARK

Parque Maria Behetty

Considered an Urban Natural Reserve, also fulfills the functions of recreational park, open to the public. It is located on the south side of the city of Punta Arenas, on the shores of the Strait of Magellan.

Its biggest natural structure is the Laguna, where tourists can rest in addition to doing some of the activities depending on the season: boat rides and kayak in summer, sleds and skates in winter.

You will also have the luck to contemplate the sighting of numerous endemic birds. Do not miss in front of the park to visit the Proa and rest of the hull “Lonsdale” ex Ville du Havre “.

SARA BRAUN CEMENTERY

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A cemetery that has crossed borders. The impressiveness of its monumental portico, the long and well-arranged pine avenues as well as a spectacular architecture make it an unsuitable place turned into one of the main attractions of the city and where tourists are always snooping.

Do not forget to inquire about the character of “Sara Braun”.

NAO VICTORIA MUSEUM

Museo Nao Victoria

Fully recommended for those who love sailing or families with children. Do not miss the visit to the Nao Victoria Museum where you can see replicas on a scale of important vessels for the history of the Region of Magallanes and Chilean Antarctic in Chile, such as the Nao Victoria, James Caird, HMS Beagle and the Ancud Gulet.

The jewel is the Nao Victoria that you can contemplate and visit The nao Victoria was a boat of 27 meters in length, 7 of sleeve, that was part of the fleet that commanded Fernando de Magallanes who discovered the passage by sea across the American continent , was the only one of the five ships to complete for the first time the circumnavigation of the globe under the command of Sebastián Elcano.

REGIONAL MUSEUM OF MAGALLANES

Museo del Estrecho de Magallanes

Mauricio Braun Menéndez  Palace was the residence that housed the union of the Braun family from Russia and the Menéndez family, wealthy Chileans and important merchants of Patagonia.

Currently this magnificent example of neoclassical architecture shows the lifestyle and the luxuries of the Punta Arenas elite at the beginning of the 20th century, also housing the Regional Museum of Magallanes.

The museum has important archaeological collections such as Fell and Marazzi. Along with the latter, the bibliographic, ethnographic and photographic collections stand out.

MAGGIORINO BORGATELLO MUSEUM

It stands out for the wealth of heritage collections, related to the ethnic group, fauna, flora, history and archeology of the territory of Magallanes for the knowledge of visitors and the study of scientists.

It is considered the most complete museum in the region, entertaining for adults and children, for the beautiful environment, you can see various types of stuffed animals, insects, ect., Scenes of the first settlers, representations of canoeists and their boats, etc.

NAVAL AND MARITIME MUSEUM

It is located in a building that was formerly of the Naval Post Office of Magallanes and that is located in a sector of the historic architecture of Punta Arenas.

This museum is responsible for disseminating national maritime interests, the values and history of the Chilean Navy, as well as preserving and increasing the naval and maritime heritage of the Region of Magallanes and Chilean Antarctic.

His sample highlights a large number of models of scale ships, oil, nautical elements, information related to the first maritime expeditions in Magallanes and Antarctica. Display of videos such as the rescue in the Antarctic of the expedition of Sir Ernest Shackleton by the Pilot of the Chilean Navy Luis Pardo Villalón, crossing of Cape Horn and the Yámana ethnic group, primitive canoemen of the Beagle Channel.

SARA BRAUN PALACE

Palacio Sara Braun

Sara Braun, the owner of the house, came from Russia and married a visionary Portuguese businessman, José Nogueira, who was one of the first to raise sheep and founded the Exploitation Society of Tierra del Fuego. After receiving the concession of one million hectares in the area of ​​Magallanes, Nogueira died of tuberculosis at the age of 48 and left a great fortune to Sara, who knew how to take care of it and manage it very well.

In 1895, the beautiful and powerful widow of Nogueira completed the construction of the palace her husband had ordered five years earlier to the French architect Numa Mayer, who drew the plans following the canons of taste prevailing in Paris at the end of the 19th century. The exuberance of the palace contrasted with the simple private homes of the area at that time. All materials, furniture and style details were transported by boat from Europe.

It has an exquisite façade and a winter garden with a metallic structure not common at that time.

Currently the palace is occupied by the Hotel José Nogueira, as well as being the headquarters of the Union Club of Punta Arenas and the Restaurant La Taberna.

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