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Punta Arenas, Chile-port

Punta Arenas or ‘Sandy Point,’ is the most prominent settlement on the Strait of Magellan and the capital of Chile’s Magallanes y la Antártica Chilena Region. Founded in 1848, Punta Arenas was originally a remote military garrison and penal colony. Today, it is the charming gateway for a number of exhilarating experiences viewing the awesome majesty of Torres del Paine with its soaring peaks and rugged beauty .

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Below is a list of those shore excursions previously offered in this port. For information on which shore excursions will be offered on a particular cruise, please reference the specific itinerary of that cruise.

Free Excursions

Regent Choice Excursions

  • Light Activity /Walking Light Activity /Walking
  • Seated Tour Seated Tour
  • Moderate Activity/Walking Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Most Active or Strenuous Most Active or Strenuous
  • Minimal Activity Required Minimal Activity Required
  • Regent Choice Regent Choice
  • Meal Meal
  • Evening Tour Evening Tour
  • A View Into Pioneering Punta Arenas
    Light Activity /WalkingRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Full Day Van
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Half Day Van
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Highlights of Punta Arenas
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Highlights of Punta Arenas
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Kayaking the Strait of Magellan
    Most Active or StrenuousRegent Choice
  • Kayaking the Strait of Magellan
    Most Active or StrenuousRegent Choice
  • Otway Sound and Penguin Reserve
    Most Active or Strenuous
  • Otway Sound and Penguin Reserve
    Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Punta Arenas and Fort Bulnes
    Light Activity /WalkingRegent ChoiceMeal
  • Punta Arenas and Fort Bulnes
    Light Activity /WalkingRegent ChoiceMeal
  • Scenic Torres Del Paine
    Most Active or StrenuousRegent ChoiceMeal
  • Visit to the Olga Teresa Estancia
    Light Activity /WalkingRegent ChoiceMeal
  • Visit to the Olga Teresa Estancia
    Light Activity /WalkingRegent ChoiceMeal

A View Into Pioneering Punta Arenas

Light Activity /Walking Regent Choice

Duration: 4 hours

Tour Code: PUQ-002

Experience Punta Arena's historic beauty without a lot of walking during this scenic and relaxing half-day city tour via coach, and a visit to a pioneer family's home.

Depart the pier for the scenic drive through Punta Arenas, the capital of the Magallanes Region. Located near the Strait of Magellan, Punta Arenas is the world's most southerly city. Your first stop will be at Cerro la Cruz, where you will take in spectacular views and photo opportunities of the city, Magellan Strait, the port and legendary Tierra del Fuego Island.

Next, you will continue on for a visit to the pioneer cemetery, which features avenues lined by tall cypress and splendid mausoleums. A solemn tombstone indicates the place where the last of the now-extinct Ona Indians are buried. A brief photo stop will then be made at the main square, or Plaza de Armas, where some time will also be made available to browse through the handicraft market.

Your drive will then proceed south of Punta Arenas towards Estancia Rio Los Ciervos, located just three miles from the city. Upon arrival, a visit will be made to the spacious home of one of the city's pioneering families. The walls of the ground floor display ancestral photos and Colonial-style furniture. In the home's garage, you will find a few old cars, the blacksmith and a cellar. Finally, you will view dioramas and a video depicting the lives of the first pioneers in this isolated part of the world.

After your visit, some time will be made available for some shopping in an old-fashioned grocery store, or pulperia, before stopping for refreshments at a quincho (a typical chilean country-style dining room).

Following your tour, you will re-board your coach for the return drive to the pier.