Punta Arenas was the point of arrival for many European immigrants, who created a cultural melting pot here at the southernmost end of Chile. Inhale the fresh air of the Antarctic on a spectacular cruise through the scenic landscape of the fjords or take a trekking tour through the National Park of Torres del Paine.

Interests

  • Adventure
  • Landscape
  • Wildlife

Highlights

  • Penguins
  • Magdalena Island
  • Seno Otway
  • Australis
  • Skorpios

Places to Stay

Cabo de Hornos

Style: International

Cabo de Hornos enjoys a central location on the Plaza de Armas and offers 111 elegant and comfortably furnished rooms overlooking the Route of Magellan.

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Hotel Rey Don Felipe

Style: International

The Hotel Rey Don Felipe is a relatively new property, and has already earned the distinction as one of the best in Punta Arenas.

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Activities in Punta Arenas

Half Day Penguin colony at Seno Otway from Punta Arenas in Private

Located on the shores of the Strait of Magellan you will find the secluded penguin colony of Seno Otway. From mid-October to late-March Magellanic Penguins come to this site in order to breed and raise their young. View these beautiful birds in their natural habitat. (Duration 4 hours. If you have a preference for timing, please tell your travel consultant at the time of booking, otherwise our team will schedule the tour at the best available time. Private Activity)

Punta Arenas City Tour

Enjoy a private halfday visit to Punta Arenas including a visit to the local museum, various monuments, and an amazing viewpoint over the Strait of Magellan and Tierra del Fuego.

Half Day Penguin colony at Seno Otway from Punta Arenas in Group

Located on the shores of the Strait of Magellan you will find the secluded penguin colony of Seno Otway. From mid-October to late-March Magellanic Penguins come to this site in order to breed and raise their young. View these beautiful birds in their natural habitat. (08:00 to 12:00 or 15:30 to 19:30. If you have a preference for timing, please tell your travel consultant at the time of booking, otherwise our team will schedule the tour at the best available time. Group Activity)

Included Activities at Skorpio III (Kaweskar) 3N

On the Skorpio Cruise explore the natural beauty of the many glaciers and fjords of southern Chile. DAY 1: Board the ship at Puerto Natales in the afternoon. Set sail through the fjords of Patagonia. DAY 2: In the morning arrive at Amalia Glacier where you will disembark and go for a short walk along the coast to a look-out point in order to get a great view of the glacier. Return to the ship and continue on to El Brujo ‘The Sorcerer’ Glacier. In the afternoon navigate to Calvo Fjord. If weather permits, disembark in zodiac boats to explore the fjord and view the Fernando, Capitan Constantino and Alipio Glaciers. DAY 3: Navigate through the Montañas Fjord. Here disembark in zodiac boats to explore the small bay and get an up close view of Alsina Glacier and the surrounding mountains. Continue the navigation to the Bernal Glacier where you will disembark and take a scenic walk to the ice-face of the glacier. In the afternoon get great panoramic views of the Herman and Zamudio Glaciers from the ship. Take a final excursion in zodiac boats around Angostura White around the small islands appreciating the native flora & fauna. Finish your cruise with a farewell party. Day 4: Disembark between 08:00 and 09:30 at the port in Puerto Natales.

Included Activities at Australis Cruise: Via Australis (Pta Arenas-Pta Arenas) 3N

The team of the Australis cruise has a lot in store during your cruise through southern Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego. The well trained team enchants with an attentive service, pleasant surprises and exclusive experiences on this journey to the end of the world. Due to the unpredictable weather conditions in Tierra del Fuego, the following itinerary might be changed during your trip. If an excursion has to be cancelled, the cruise will do everything possible to arrange a suitable replacement; however, your safety is the most important thing and the cruise will not offer excursions during inclement weather. Day 1: Check-in at the cruise office during the afternoon and then board at 18:00. Enjoy a welcome cocktail as you set off on your cruise to the end of the world. Day 2: Early in the morning we reach Almirantazgo Bay. Here take a walk from the mouth of a river going north, entering the sub-Antarctic forest and finally reaching a glacial waterfall. Go for an excursion in the zodiac boats to observe elephant seals, cormorants and other birds in route back to the ship. In the afternoon navigate Parry Fjord. From this area it will be possible to appreciate various glaciers that come down to the sea from the upper icefield. Onboard Zodiac boats, explore the far end of the fjord to see an amphitheatre of glaciers in an area where sometimes it is possible to see leopard seals. Day 3: At dawn, we will navigate our way through Almirantazgo Sound, arriving at Ainsworth Bay. It’s the perfect spot from which to see the Marinelli Glacier descending from Darwin Mountain Range in the distance; and to appreciate how the land returns to life after glacial retreat. We will also take a walk to a beaver dam in the stunning sub-polar Magellan Forest. Whether on the beach or the island, there’s a good chance of sighting Southern Elephant Seals. But do bear in mind the fact that sightings cannot be guaranteed due to the colony’s unpredictable movements. Later, sail on to Brookes Fjord. Take a short walk towards one of the glaciers, enjoying the breathtaking surroundings and the view of the Darwin Mountain Range. Day 4: Early in the morning, weather permitting, you will go ashore on Magdalena Island, located in the middle of the Strait of Magellan. The island used to be an essential source of supplies for navigators and explorers and is inhabited by an immense colony of Magellan Penguins that we will be able to see during our walk to the lighthouse. In September and April, this excursion is replaced by a ride aboard zodiacs to Marta Island to observe South American Sea Lions. Finally, disembarkation at Punta Arenas is scheduled for 11:30. For more detailed information on the Australis Cruise itinerary round trip from Punta Arenas, please visit their website: http://www.australis.com/site/en/routes-itineraries/punta-arenas-punta-arenas.

2.5hrs Penguins on Transfer from Punta Arenas to Puerto Natales

Located on the shores of the Strait of Magellan you will find the secluded penguin colony of Seno Otway. From mid-October to late-March Magellanic Penguins come to this site in order to breed and raise their young. View these beautiful birds in their natural habitat. After viewing the penguin colony continue your drive to Puerto Natales. (Approximately 2 hours at the Penguin Colony. Connected with your drive from Punta Arenas to Puerto Natales. Private Activity)

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