Punta Arenas travel guide

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You're Going to Love Punta Arenas

Located in southern Chile's Patagonia region, Punta Arenas has captured the imagination of adventurers for centuries. On the Strait of Magellan, which links the Atlantic and the Pacific, the city draws cruise ships and hikers on their way to Antarctica.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Punta Arenas

1. Natural Beauty

The Magallanes National Reserve, sitting 1,000 feet above sea level, features lush vegetation and cerulean water reserves on its nearly 49,000 acres. Fauna, such as black woodpeckers, royal ducks, pumas, and grey foxes, and more, populate the area.

2. Pioneer Spirit

Soak in the pioneer spirit at the Museo del Recuerdo, which showcases antique farm and industrial machinery, a traditional pioneer home and shearing shed, and a shepherds' trailer.

3. Maritime History

The Museo Naval y Marítimo revisits naval and maritime history with the remains of shipwrecks, ancient maritime equipment, as well as maps, charts, and a radio room.

4. Andean Cuisine

Many restaurants in Punta Arenas specialize in local delicacies, such as Magellan lamb, king crab, and shellfish. Desserts include Calafate black berry or rhubarb jam-filled baked goods.

5. Shopper's Delight

Zona Franca, the duty-free district in Punta Arenas, retails electronics, hiking and camping gear, and photography equipment. Visual artist Andrea Araneda sells Magellan-inspired crafts, woolens, and paintings at her workshop downtown.

Where to Eat in Punta Arenas

La Marmita, a casual Chilean eatery, features salads, casseroles, and seafood dishes, as well as vegetarian selections and take-out. Entrees average CLP$9,323. La Luna specializes in smoked pork chops and fried king fish. Entrees are around CLP$7,000.

When to visit Punta Arenas

Punta Arenas in August
Estimated hotel price
C$ 58
1 night at 3-star hotel
Punta Arenas in August
Estimated hotel price
C$ 58
1 night at 3-star hotel

The best time to visit Punta Arenas is during the summer months, November to December, which enjoy highs in the 50s. A windbreaker and sunscreen are recommended for the strong winds and intense sunlight.

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How to Get to Punta Arenas


Presidente Carlos Ibáñez International Airport (PUQ) is 12 miles from downtown Punta Arenas. There are 10 daily flights from Santiago, Chile. A taxi from the airport is CLP$6,659. The Austral bus shuttle is CLP$3,996 per person.


The drive on Route 9, between Punta Arenas and Puerto Natales, takes approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes. Drivers should expect strong winds on the road.


The four-hour bus trip from Puerto Natales is CLP$3,996. Bus service from Ushuaia takes 12 hours and costs CLP$39,955.

Airports near Punta Arenas

Airlines serving Punta Arenas

Excellent (2,560 reviews)
Good (547 reviews)
LATAM Airlines
Good (560 reviews)
Qantas Airways
Good (79 reviews)
Sky Airline
Okay (28 reviews)
Okay (10 reviews)

Where to stay in Punta Arenas

The upscale Hotel Dreams del Estrecho features spacious rooms and an infinity pool, as well as a spa, a casino, and an excellent restaurant. The more modest Hostel Keoken, near downtown, provides cozy bedding and homemade baked goods for breakfast.

Popular neighbourhoods in Punta Arenas

Barrio Croata - the Croatian Neighborhood, named for the hundreds of immigrants who arrived in the 1850s, preserves much of the area's original Eastern European architecture.

Barrio Catalina - Barrio Catalina houses Zona Franca, Punta Arenas' shopping district, which draws 15,000 people a day to its tax-exempt bargains.

Centro - the Plaza Muñoz Gamero in downtown Punta Arenas houses a memorial to Ferdinand Magellan, and the Museo Nao Victoria features a replica of one of the explorer's galleons.

Where to stay in popular areas of Punta Arenas

Most booked hotels in Punta Arenas

Hostel Entre Vientos
Excellent (8.4, Excellent reviews)
C$ 23+
Hotel Rey Don Felipe
Excellent (8.3, Excellent reviews)
C$ 55+
Diego De Almagro Punta Arenas
Excellent (8, Excellent reviews)
C$ 139+
Hostal Residencial Bulnes
Poor (0, Poor reviews)
C$ 31+
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How to Get Around Punta Arenas

Public Transportation

Punta Arenas can be traveled on foot. Buses are only needed to journey outside of the city.


Taxis in Punta Arenas start at CLP$300 with CLP$1,931.21 for each additional mile.


Rental cars in Punta Arenas start at CLP$37,957 a day.

The Cost of Living in Punta Arenas

Shopping Streets

The duty-free Zona Franca has several blocks of electronics, sporting goods, perfume, clothing, spirit, and cigarette shops. Downtown streets off the Plaza de Armas sell handmade knitwear, woodworks, and stoneware from local artisans.

Groceries and Other

Hiper Lider sells staples and baked and take-out goods. Minimarket Vieille specializes in fruits, cured meats, and wines. Punta Arenas is relatively affordable. A gallon of milk averages CLP$2,737 and a dozen eggs is CLP$2,111.

Cheap meal
C$ 9.60
A pair of jeans
C$ 65.57
Single public transport ticket
C$ 0.92
C$ 4.42