TOUR OF PUNTA AREANS WITH MUSEUMS
Let us discover Punta Arenas, the most populated and cosmopolitan city in Patagonia as well as one of the hubs with the country’s highest quality of life. Until the Panama canal was opened in 1914, it was the main port between the two oceans. This glorious past left it with a centre of a distinct European character and very interesting architecture.
What we will see
- Punta Arenas, La Cruz hill, panorama
- Maggiorino Borgatello Museum
- Museo del Recuerdo
- Cemetery, Plaza de Armas
What we will do
- We pass through Punta Arenas, the main city in southern Patagonia and capital of the Magellan and Chilean Antarctica region. After a short journey, we reach the La Cruz hill, where we make a brief stop to take a few pictures and admire the amazing panoramic views of the city, strait of Magellan and the island of Tierra del Fuego**.
- We then head towards the Regional Salesian Museum Maggiorino Borgatello, founded by the Salesians in 1893. There, we can observe images depicting everyday life of Primitive Patagonia, artefacts from the ona culture and a display of local flora and fauna.
- Our tour continues with the Museo del recuerdo at the Instituto de la Patagonia, an open-air museum with ancient machines and tools, wooden houses where city founders used to live, vehicles and numerous breeding tools.
- Our next stop is the cemetery with panoramic view. We can admire the magnificent mausoleums of the founding families and the carved stone where the onas (or selkman), i.e. the now extinct native Tierra del Fuego population, are buried. On our way back to the ship, we visit the main square, Plaza Muñoz Gamero or Plaza de Armas with its statue to Magella.
What you need to know
- We recommend you wear non-slip shoes and that you bring a hat, sun cream and windproof jacket with you as weather conditions can vary greatly.
- The itinerary may be subject to change.
- Most of the descriptions provided in the museum are in Spanish.