Punta Arenas – Chile’s land down under
Chile, the longest country in the world, is a land of contrasts. From the Andes Mountains to the Atacama Desert, from its lush wine fields to the snow and glaciers in the south, Chile offers varied geographical landscapes, climate, attractions and experiences. Punta Arenas is a bustling city situated on the edge of the Strait of Magellan at Chile’s extreme south. It is the capital of the Chile’s Magallanes Region which also include an area of Antarctica which belongs to Chile. Punta Arenas is popular for being the gateway to Antarctic as well as a central base for exploring Southern Chilean Patagonia’s premier attractions
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The main square at Punta Arenas is known as Plaza de Armas and at its center is monument of 16th century Portuguese adventurer Fernando de Magellan, the city’s founding father. Legend has it that if you kiss or rub the toes of the statue, you will return to Punta Arenas in future. The Mirador Cerro de la Cruz (La Cruz Hill Viewpoint) gives a panoramic view of the city and the strait especially at night. For a lesson in history you can visit the Braun Menendez Museum to see how the founders and most wealthy men of the historical period lived while the Museo del Recuerdo holds a collection of old steam engines, cars and historic houses of the 17th century. Car hire Punta Arenas can take you to numerous other iconic sites across the city.
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Skiers, take a car hire Punta Arenas to Cerro Mirador Ski Center, the farthest ski center in the world. It is located at the Magallanes National Reserve on the slopes of Mount Fenton with spectacular views of Punta Arenas city and the Magellan Strait. The center offers world class skiing with its runs moving through trees posing a nice challenge for skiers.
Hiking enthusiasts can take rental car Punta Arenas to the Torres del Paine National Park one of the most scenic hiking venues on the planet. Stunning vistas can be spotted almost everywhere along the trails- lush forests, glistening glacier and guanaco.
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A visit to Punta Arenas would not be complete without an excursion to Magdalena Island for the Penguin Tour. The island is a protected nature reserve that acts as breeding grounds for thousands of Magellanic penguins. Take a car rental Punta Arenas to the pier from where you will board a speed boat to Magdalena Island. Watch out for Austral dolphins leaping out of the chopping grey waters. On arrival, you will be met by the glorious sight of hundreds of penguins crowding the shore. A guide will lead you down a designated trail for visitors but that won’t stop the curious creatures from approaching you – talk about an up-close encounter! On either side of the trail you will see lots of burrows where the female penguins lay their eggs; also look out for the penguins excavating new burrows using their webbed feet. At the end of the trail is a lighthouse that acts as a penguin museum holding plenty of information on the creatures. If you are in luck, you will pass by Isla Marta where you will get to observe a wide variety of seabirds such as Skuas, Austral seagulls, Cormorants as well as its resident sea lions and sea elephants. Wildlife lovers can also take hire car Punta Arenas to Seno Otway another breeding site of the penguins.
If you want to take your vacation to the next level, you can turn your Chilean adventure into a long road trip up the coast of the country to visit other amazing cities like Puerto Montt. The city is known for its strategic position in the Chilean Central Valley. It acted as a gate way to the lakes of Chiloé Archipelago, Llanquihue, and Nahuel Huapi. The city in the late 20th century, the city was known for its position as the second producer of salmon in the world. However, after the salmon aquaculture crisis, the city became redundant as far as development was concerned. The Puerto Montt also has a strong connection to Germany as it was colonized by the Germans. You can still see some of the German architecture here.
If you really want to see the Chilean country, you can make your way up the coast to see the northernmost point of the country when you visit Arica. You can drive the whole country to see what it has to offer and there are so many wonderful places to go!
There is so much to see in this part of the country and we are here to make your dreams come true. The HAPPYCAR team wishes you a pleasant journey!