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Clockwise from top: Punta Arenas cityscape; Penguins exploring;
Mausoleum in Municipal Cemetery.
Punta Arenas, Chile
A day at the end of the world
Known as "the end of the world," Punta Arenas is one of the southernmost cities in the world. Located at the tip
of Chile in the heart of wild Patagonia, this low-key coastal town is the main launching spot for journeys to Tierra
del Fuego, Torres del Paine, and Argentina, as well as Antarctica. It supports itself via carbon mines, petroleum,
and wool production.
Although the region's weather can be temperamental, warm local hospitality more than makes up for it. Walk the main
square and kiss or touch the feet of the Indian on the memorial to Ferdinand Magellan, a tradition that means you'll be
back. It's easy to explore Punta Arenas on foot and see its main points of interests, including many grand buildings and
mansions. If you're looking to pick up a local souvenir, wool and leather goods and local handicrafts are the way to go.
If you have one meal in Punta Arenas, make sure it's centolla, the king crab of Patagonia, stuffed into a palta (avocado).
Our Virtuoso shore experience includes stops at Cerro La Cruz, the monument to Magellan in Plaza Muñoz, and the
beautiful gardens and mausoleums of Municipal Cemetery, followed by lunch at the Estancia Olga Teresa, which was
founded by French-Irish immigrants in the early twentieth century.