Punta Arenas Cruises

Punta Arenas is a top port of call for anyone visiting Chile as they cruise in the waters around South America.

Situated between the Atlantic and the Pacific towards the southern tip of the country, Punta Arenas was originally created as a penal colony but soon attracted immigrants from overseas who were drawn in by the hunt for gold and a boom in the sheep farming industry.

Modern day Punta Arenas remains an important city for Chilean sovereignty in the region and is now often used as the base for people heading out onto expeditions in the Antarctic region.

Looking out across the Magellan Straits, Punta Arenas has also become popular with tourists who want to explore some of the local sights, which include the local cathedral, the Maggiorino Borgatello Museum, the Palacio Braun Menendez and the viewing point on La Cruz Hill where you can gaze out across the surrounding area.

A replica wooden fort from 1843 can also be visited in nearby Fuerte Bulnes, whilst the Nao Victoria Museum is well worth checking out so you can explore a full size replica of the first ship to circumnavigate the globe.

Many people who cruise to Punta Arenas will be doing so to explore the wider area however, with the city being something of a gateway to the Chilean Fjords.

The deep water fjords are some of the most majestic to be found anywhere in the world and are home to a wide and varied range of different species of wildlife, with trips out onto the clear blue waters allowing you to get up close to nature.

That’s something that can also be enjoyed on a trip out to Magdalena Island, which is located around 25 miles north of Punta Arenas in the middle of the Magellan Strait.

The island is a natural reserve for Magellan Penguins as well a number of different birds and you can enjoy a walk along various trails before visiting the island lighthouse to enjoy an exhibition all about the different animals that are found around the waters of the Magellan Strait.

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