Know More about Punta Arenas
Friendly and relaxed, Punta Arenas is capital of Chile’s southernmost region and is indeed a treasure trove when it comes to touristy places. Historical sites of Fuerte Bulnes and Puerto Hambre or the magnificent sights of penguins or Parque Pali Aike’ volcanic fields; Punta Arenas has something for everyone. High on tourism, recently it has been seen flocked with cruise ship travelers and trekkers; this Chile city is certainly a must-not-visit destination!
The notable attractions of Punta Arenas
Los Pinguinos Natural Monument
Los Pinguinos Natural Monument is located at a distance of 35 Km Northeast of Punta Aries and is managed by CONAF( The National Forest Corporation of Chile). This natural monument, presently uninhabited by humans is a home to an estimated 60,000 breeding pairs of the Magellanic penguins. The Los Pinguinos Natural Monument is comprised of 2 islands, the Magdalena and the Marta Islands, out of which the Magdalene Islands covers a larger area of 85 hectares while the Marta Island just spreads over an area of 12 hectares and so, if often not included in tours and guides.
Santa Ines Island
Santa Ines Island spreads over a land area of 3,688 square hectares which makes it the largest Island under the Punta Arenas municipality. The Santa Ines Island’s shoreline is a Marine Protected Area and forms a part of the Francisco Coloane Coastal, while the rest of the Island is covered by the Alacalufes National Reserve.
Cape Froward is situated on the southernmost tip of the South American and can be reached from Punto Arenas by a two-day hike along the wind-whipped cliffs. Just before Cape Froward, stands Faro San Isidro, a beautiful lighthouse that serves as a home to prolific birdlife. Aside this, camping is also feasible along the hiking trail, but prior to that, travelers need to connect to any of the tour companies in Punto Arenas.
Alberto de Agostini National Park
Alberto de Agostini National Park is situated on the Southwest of Punta Aries and was formerly a part of the Holana Forest Reserve and the Hernando de Magallanes National Park. This National Park has been designated as one of the Biosphere Reserves by Unesco and is encapsulates beautiful areas that are comprised of fjords and glaciers. It also encloses the Cordillera Darwin mountain range and the most questioned, Beagle Channel as well.