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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
  • Gourmet Explorer Gourmet Explorer
  • Meal Meal
  • Evening Tour Evening Tour
  • Highlights of Punta Arenas
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Highlights of Punta Arenas
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Otway Sound and Penguin Reserve
    Most Active or Strenuous
  • Otway Sound and Penguin Reserve
    Moderate Activity/Walking

Highlights of Punta Arenas

Light Activity /Walking

Duration: 3 hours

Tour Code: PUN-1716

Discover the highlights of Punta Arenas during a scenic and informative tour of this historic city.

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. A visit will also be made at the Maggiorino Borgatello Museum. Founded by Salesian missionaries, the museum provides a comprehensive overview of the region's history, flora and fauna, and the habitat of its indigenous people.

Next, you will continue on for a visit to the Museum of Memories, or Museo del Recuerdo. This open-air museum is located on the grounds of the Patagonian Institute, the research center of the University of Magallanes. Here, you will find antique trains, machinery and relics of the European emigrants who first settled in this remote part of the world. During the drive back towards town, you will pass by a pioneer cemetery featuring avenues of tall cypress and splendid mausoleums. A solemn tombstone marks the place where the last of the now-extinct Ona Indians is buried.

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

Please note: There is a long flight of stairs to reach some of the displays at the Maggiorino Borgatello Museum, and most explanations are written in Spanish only.