Punta Arenas, one of the harshest environments to live in on earth is an amazing place to visit—especially if you are into the outdoors. Punta Arenas is a great place for tourists and is located in the Patagonia region of Chile on the shore of the Straits of Magellan.
There are tons of great things to do for tourists in this region:
1. La Cruz Hill
The center square is adorable and La Cruz hill is a great vantage point for tourists to see the valley, port and city.
2. Plaza de Armas
Plaza de Armas is a beautiful square surrounded by old buildings, trees and a handicraft market for tourists to explore and buy local treasures.
3. Patagonian Institute
Patagonia is a tourist naturalist’s dream! The institute has a botanical garden and a museum and you can see some of the history of the area.
4. Magellanes Nature Reserve
We highly recommend going up to the top of Punta Arenas and doing some hiking around the area. You can climb to the top of the mountain (super windy!) and see the whole area.
5. Salesian Church
This church is in the center of the city and you can see all kinds of documents and photographs of the history of the region.
6. Otway Bay
Here you can see the Patagonian penguins in their natural habitat! It is a bit out of the city, but worth the drive.
7. Magdalena Island
You can see the Island from various vantage points within Punta Arenas but you can take a 2 hour ferry ride out to the Island and also see one of the largest penguin colonies.
8. Fort Bulnes
South of Punta Arenas, tourists can visit this recreated fort from the original settlers of the region.
You can kayak all over Punta Arenas and the Patagonian region this is a great way to see the natural area.
10. Laguna Parrillar Forest Reserve
This is about 75 miles outside of Punta Arenas but a great park to hike and bike in.
Cruising to Punta Arenas, Chile
It is relatively easy to book your own tours instead of going on shore excursions. We recommend doing research and getting a guide to take you to some of the natural forests. Or better yet, Punta Arenas is filled with taxis. You can walk the town and then hire a taxi to take you the Magallanes National Reserve for a hike and view.