Located along the Strait of Magellan, Chile’s southernmost city is not only the gateway to Antarctica, it’s also the starting point for exploring the wild landscapes of Patagonia. Here are your options for Patagonia tours from Punta Arenas.
- Cruise out to Magdalena and Marta islands on a half- or full-day tour and spot penguins, sea lions, and elephant seals.
- Set sail on a multi-day cruise around the fjords, glaciers, and mountains of Tierra del Fuego.
- Cross the remote Beagle Channel from Ushuaia in Argentina to Punta Arenas on an epic 5-day cruise.
- Enjoy the stunning scenery of Tierra del Fuego, including the Pia Glacier, Ainsworth Bay, and Cape Horn.
- Visit Puerto Natales, the Serrano Glacier, and Torres del Paine National Park—a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve—on a 4-day tour from Punta Arenas.
- Marvel at the natural wonders of the Balmaceda and Serrano glaciers on a cruise around the Última Esperanza Fjord.
- Hike through the wild landscapes of Torres del Paine National Park.
Things to Know
- Punta Arenas is located in the southern Patagonia region of Chile, about 155 miles (250 kilometers) south of Puerto Natales, a journey of about three hours by road.
- Regular flights run to Punta Arenas from Santiago, Chile, and Buenos Aires and Ushuaia in Argentina.
- Day tours from Punta Arenas typically last between four and 12 hours. Be sure to pack sturdy walking shoes and all-weather clothing—the weather can change quickly in Patagonia, even in the summer months.
- Multi-day tours and cruises typically include hotel or on-board accommodation, meals, and all activities.
- Most day tours include hotel pickup and a stop at a restaurant where you can purchase lunch.