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Cities of Patagonia

Australis provides background info and attractions for some of the most famous cities in the Patagonian region. Here you can find all the details that you need to know about Ushuaia, Puerto Natales, and Punta Arenas. Feel free to check out the rest of our site to view our routes that include tours of glaciers, cruises to Patagonia and Cape Horn, the viewing of exotic wildlife, and more.

Punta Arenas


Located on the shore of the Magellan Strait, Punta Arena is the capital of Region XII of Magallanes and the Chilean Antarctica. The city’s historic background has made it one of the more popular places to visit in Chile. By air, it is a four-hour trip from Santiago de Chile. If you choose to travel by land, you must take Route 5 south to Osoro before crossing the Cardenal Samoré Border pass. Tourist attractions include the historic Bulnes Fort and Los Pingüinos Natural Monument, where thousands of penguins are located. Book your Punta Arenas excursions with us in order to start exploring the wonderful city of Punta Arena.



Explore Patagonia aboard the M/V Stella Australis and explore the natural beauty of the route between Ushuaia and Punta Arenas. Ushuaia is quickly becoming one of the best places to visit in Argentina. Ushuaia, founded on October 12, 1884, is home to one of the first encounters between the Yamana and Anglican cultures. Its name comes from the Yamana word that means “Penetrating Bay.” Located on the Argentine side of Tierra del Fuego, Ushuaia is on the shore side of the Beagle Channel. This city is easy to get to as Aerolíneas Argentinas provides eight daily flights that stop in Calafate. Some tourist attractions include Museo del Fin del Mundo, Tierra del Fuego National Park and Glaciar Martial. As for shopping attractions, make sure to check out Paseo de Artesanos and La Última Bita Store, just to name a few.

Puerto Natales


Puerto Natales, the provincial capital of Ultima Esperanza, is located in the Chilean Patagonia at sea level on the shore of the Señoret Channel. Planning on flying into Puerto Natales to begin your Patagonia vacation is fairly easy as there are nearby airports. The city offers many different tourists attractions that will keep you busy. A popular spot to visit is the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, with South America’s largest glacier, the Pio XI or Ana María Glacier.

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