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The southernmost urban hub in the Americas, Punta Arenas has long been the gateway to Antarctica, though some traffic has shifted to smaller, more southerly towns in recent years. Regardless this remains the most convenient spot in the hemisphere to see penguins, glaciers, and that fantastic Patagonian landscape of ice-carved granite peaks thrusting up through the tenacious green.

Puerto Arenas itself is a working town, busier with oil, wool, seafood, and shipping, than the enchanted tourists seeking small boats out into the immaculate wilderness. Its museums and no-nonsense charm have their own appeal, as do its modern amenities, especially after a few days camping in the outback.

Practical Info

Punta Arenas is the southernmost city in Chile, and one of the most southern cities in the world. Keeping watch over the Straits of Magellan, the major port town is a transportation hub for the region, including most flights bound for Antarctica.

Most visitors arrive at the Carlos Ibáñez Airport (PUQ), about 20 km (12 mi) north of town, on direct flights from Santiago or Montevideo.

There are also ferries connecting the city to many tourist destinations, as well as Puerto Montt and Puerto Williams. Buses link the city to Puerto Natales, the surrounding national parks, and much more distant destinations.

Tours & Tickets

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9-Day Antarctica Tour from Punta Arenas: Drake Passage, South Shetland and Antarctic Peninsula

Embark on a voyage of a lifetime with a nine-day expedition to Antarctica – the most remote wilderness on earth! Starting from Punta Arenas, enjoy a one-way ...  Read more

Location: Punta Arenas, Chile
Duration: 9 days (approx.)

From USD $7,994.99

Punta Arenas Bike Tour: Nao Victoria Museum and Tres Puentes Wetland

Take two hours out of your Patagonian adventures for a Punta Arenas bike tour! On an easy-to-ride electric bike, you’ll cruise down a waterfront path, enjoying ...  Read more

Location: Punta Arenas, Chile
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $66.99

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