Punta Arenas is some 3,090 kilometers south of Santiago de Chile and is the largest city in the Magellanes region as well as being the southernmost city in the world. It is the supply port for the growing bi-oceanic traffic. The thriving nature of the city can be seen in its streets, markets and plazas.
Activities in Punta Arenas
56 km south of Punta Arenas on the shore of the Strait of Magellan is Fuerte Bulnes (Bulnes Fort), a historic reconstruction of the fort where the first Chilean colonies in Patagonia were established in 1843.
The Los Pingüinos Natural Monument on Isla Magdalena (Magdalena Island) covers 97 hectares and is one of the country’s largest penguin rookeries. There are more than 60,000 penguins there.
Another fascinating daytrip from Punta Arenas is a visit to the Pali-Aike National Park, which covers the Chilean part of the Pali Aike volcanic field. The majority of its expanse is covered with volcanic lava.
How to get to Punta Arenas
260 kilometers south of Puerto Natales, Punta Arenas is the most important city in the Magallanes Region. This city lies 3,090 kilometers to the south of Santiago. Arrival by air is via the Carlos Ibañez Del Campo Airport.
Navimag Patagonia travel ferries sail from Puerto Montt to Puerto Natales and from Puerto Natales to Puerto Montt, on a voyage through lovely Patagonian scenery. Upon reaching Puerto Natales you can travel on by road to Punta Arenas.
Departures from Puerto Montt are on Fridays and from Puerto Natales on Tuesdays throughout the year.
(Navimag only provides transport on the aforementioned ferry routes and does not provide a transport service between Puerto Natales and Punta Arenas)
Flora and Fauna of Punta Arenas
Some of the species of wildlife that can be found around Punta Arenas are the Puma, the Condor, the Ñandue (small rhea), Orca, Piche or Dwarf Armadillo, Magellanic Penguin, Upland Geese and Huemul.
Among the flora we can find the Magellanic Coigue, Nirre, Cypress of the Guaitecas, Calafate and Chilco.
Climate of Punta Arenas
Punta Arenas has a semi-arid climate, with low annual rainfall. It also has a cold steppe climate, with snow in winter.
The average temperature in summer is 17°C, while in the winter it drops to 7°C, however the minimum can drop to -18.7°C when cold weather comes up from the Antarctic.
It is frequently windy and the winds often blow at over 100 km/h.
Where to stay in Punta Arenas