Destination guide: Punta Arenas, Chile

Located on the southern tip of South America, Punta Arenas Chile offers adventurers and businessmen a hub of activity within the surrounding Tierra del Fuego. Fly to Punta Arenas to begin an arctic cruise or boat tour, and you'll have a rare opportunity to see one of the most amazing places on Earth.

Punta Arenas receives an increasing number of visitors want to see the hatcheries for Magellanic penguins that are native to the area and explore the historical elements of the town.

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  • Punta Arenas - Things to do

    Sights

    Palacio Mauricio Braun

    This opulent mansion houses a museum that testifies to the wealth and power of pioneer sheep farmers in the late 19th century. One of Mauricio Braun's sons donated the house to the state, against other family members' wishes. Divided into sections, one part is a regional historical display, while the other displays the family's original French nouveau furnishings and details, from intricate wooden inlay floors to Chinese vases.

    Sub-type: Architectural, Cultural
    Telephone: +56 61 244 216
    Address: Magallanes 949, Town Center
    Opening hours : 10:30-17:00 Dec-Feb, 10:30-14:00
    Pricing : Full US$1.50, admission US$1.50

    Reserva Forestal Magallanes

    This reserve, 8km from town, offers great hiking and mountain biking through dense lenga and coihue. A steady slog takes you to the top of Mt Fenton, where views are spectacular and winds impressively strong.

    Latitude: 53.1515060900000 Longitude: -71.0973358200000
    Opening hours : Daylight hrs
    Pricing : Admission free

    Cementerio Municipal

    Among South America’s most fascinating cemeteries, Cementerio Municipal contains a mix of humble immigrant graves and flashy tombs under topiary cypresses. In death as in life, Punta Arenas’ first families flaunted their wealth – wool baron José Menéndez’ extravagant tomb is, according to Bruce Chatwin, a scale replica of Rome’s Vittorio Emanuele monument. But the headstones also tell the stories of Anglo, German, Scandinavian and Yugoslav immigrants. There’s also a monument to the Selk’nam (Ona) and a map posted inside the main entrance gate.

    Sub-type: Cultural
    Opening hours : 7:30am-8pm
    Extras: Main entrance at Av Bulnes 949