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 Osorno before crossing the Cardenal Samoré Border pass. Things to do in Punta Arenas include visiting the historic Bulnes Fort and Los Pingüinos Natural Monument, where thousands of penguins are located. Book your Punta Arenas excursions in order to start exploring the wonderful region of Patagonia and take it as the beginning of your Australis expedition cruise.
By air. You can reach Punta Arenas by airplane on a four hour trip from Santiago de Chile.
By land .If you are travelling by land, you must take Route 5 South to Osorno. Then you cross over the Cardenal Samoré Border pass to the Argentine Republic, to later return to Chile through Puerto Natales.
By sea Punta Arenas can be reached by sea from Puerto Montt through the lovely Patagonian channels.
The Bulnes Fort Historic reconstruction of a fort where the first Chilean colonies were established who arrived in the Ancud schooner in 1843.
Los Pingüinos Natural Monument Located on Magdalena Island, where nearly 60,000 pairs of Magellanic Penguins live.
Pali-Aike National Park Extensive park of volcanic origin, rich in flora and fauna. It held for many years prehistoric human remains found inside its caves.
Among the fauna found in Punta Arenas are species such as the puma, the condor, the ostrich, orcas, piche (dwarf armadillo), Magellanic penguins, caiquen (upland geese), huemul (southern Andean deer), among others.
Its flora is composed of Magallanes coigue, Nirre, cypress of the guaitecas, calafate, chilco, among other plant species.