From stunning outdoor scenery to scientific excursions, the bustling city of Punta Arenas is the portal to Southern Chile and the Patagonia region. Explore the natural beauty of this scenic area with a vacation rental in the sprawling metropolis, which features a rich history and friendly locals.
Located in southern Chile, Punta Arenas is more than 2000 miles from the capital city of Santiago. As the largest southernmost city in the world, Punta Arenas acts as the portal to the Strait of Magellan and Antartica.
History of Punta Arenas
Punta Arenas was originally colonized by the Spanish in the 1800s, and until the Panama Canal came along in the 1920s, it was a key port for ships traveling between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.
Thousands of islands surround the coast off of Punta Arenas and Tierra del Fuego, including Cape Horn and Diego Ramírez. These islands were home to some of Chile's indigenous peoples. For an adventure, explore the Tierra del Fuego islands and learn all about the Kawésqar and Selk’nam people.
Popular Attractions in Punta Arenas
In the city, you'll find plenty of amazing architecture and history to explore. Stroll through the beautiful gardens and historic tombs in the Punta Arenas cemetery, check out the popular Main Square and be sure to pay a visit to the Plaza de Armas to kiss the Indian's toe for good luck.
The Strait of Magellan got its name from the famous explorer, Ferdinand Magellan, who passed by the area in 1520 while navigating the globe. There's a Ferdinand Magellan memorial at the Plaza Muñoz Gamero, plus you can learn more about his adventures at the Museo Nao Victoria.
Outdoor Activities in Punta Arenas
The stunning landscapes of Patagonia and endless outdoor recreation surround Punta Arenas. Head out to Torres del Paine National Park about 200 miles outside the city, and experience the snow-capped mountains, glaciers, lakes, and more in this beautiful region.
You can take a boat or a kayak out along the Magellan Straits in the summer, which falls in the months of December, January, and February in the southern hemisphere. Out in the water, you can see the penguins on Magdalena Island and also explore the Tierra del Fuego islands.
Since Punta Arenas is located near the Strait of Magellan, the city is a popular hub for scientists and visitors looking to make the trek to Antartica. Spend a few days exploring the city and enjoying one of our vacation rentals, then hop on a cruise to Antartica for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Stay in one of our Punta Arenas vacation rentals and enjoy an unforgettable excursion to one of the most scenic landscapes in the world.
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