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Punta Arenas - Patagonia Chile

Punta Arenas

PUNTA ARENAS: capital of the 12th region of Magallanes and Chilean Antarctica, with more than 100,000 inhabitants. Located at the base of the Andes Mountains and the western riverside of Magellan's Strait (in that sector, the strait goes from north to south).The regional activity includes: fishing industry, sheep cattle raising, mining, hydrocarbons and tourist services. At the end of the XIX century, together with the import of a flock of sheep coming from the Malvinas Islands, 600.000 hectares of cattle lands were bid in the sector and there it is where famous last names related with the sheep cattle business appear, like Nogueira, Menéndez, Saunders and Braun among others. In 1987 begins the exploitation of carboniferous mantels close to Punta Arenas, one of the biggest reserves in the world. In Cabo Negro a great methanol plant is inaugurated.
Punta Arenas is the entrance for those who come to visit Torres del Paine National Park, and it is also the departure point for the famous Australis Cruises navigating fjords, the Magellan strait, Cape Horn, glaciers and more up to Ushuaia.
It has an international airport receiving flights from Santiago, Puerto Montt and Ushuaia.

Punta Arenas - suggested excursions

 
To Magdalena island (penguin colony)
Via & Mare Australis cruises
To the Natural Monument ‘Los Pingüinos’: in Magdalena island. Embarking in‘Tres Puentes’ port heading north by the Magellan's strait until the island. During the walk inside the island you will be able to see big colonies of different birds including of course the Magellan penguins. There is an Environmental Interpretation Centre at the lighthouse building...
Was established in 1990 in order to operate tourist cruises in the Patagonia region including Argentina and Chile destinations. The Mare Australis was built in 2002 in Asenav navy facilities located in Valdivia. The Via Australis Expedition cruise is the Mare Australis new brother with same features. Both cruises navigate the Magellan strait, the Cape Horn, exploring one of the most beautiful...
Pinguinera Otway
Excursion al Glaciar Perito Moreno
Cruceros Australis
Caminata - Cruceros Australis
Punta Arenas - 2/3 night Classic tour

* Air ticket Santiago / Punta Arenas
* Transfer Punta Arenas airport / Hotel - Hotel / Port
* City tour to Punta Arenas & Otway penguin colony
* Departure to Ushuaia on Australis expedition cruise

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