Silversea Luxury Cruises Nach Punta Arenas

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Impenetrable forests, impassable mountains, and endless fields of ice define Chilean Patagonia, and meant that the region went largely unexplored until the beginning of the 20th century. Located in the southernmost part of the country, this area is still sparsely inhabited, though you will find a few populated places—like the colorful provincial city of Punta Arenas, which looks like it's about to be swept into the Strait of Magellan. Some unique wildlife, particularly colonies of elephant seals and penguins, call this breathtaking topography home. View more

To the north is Parque Nacional Torres del Paine, the country's most magnificent natural wonder, and whose snow-covered peaks seem to rise vertically from the plains below. The vistas, such as the fantastic Avenue of the Glaciers, are breathtaking; along this stretch of the Beagle Channel, you can pass six tremendous glaciers all within a stone's throw of each other.Cruise SightsPunta Arenas. Founded a little more than 150 years ago, Punta Arenas (Sandy Point) was Chile's first permanent settlement in Patagonia. Plaza Muñoz Gamero, the central square, is surrounded by evidence of that early prosperity: buildings whose then-opulent brick exteriors recall a time when this was one of Chile's wealthiest cities. The newer houses here have colorful tin roofs, best appreciated when seen from a high vantage point such as the Mirador Cerro la Cruz. Although the city as a whole may not be particularly attractive, look for details: the pink-and-white house on a corner, the bay window full of potted plants, parking attendants wearing the regional blue and yellow colors, and schoolchildren in identical naval pea coats that remind you that the city's fate is tied to the sea.The Museo Naval y Marítimo extols Chile's high-seas prowess, particularly concerning Antarctica. Its exhibits are worth a visit for anyone with an interest in ships and sailing, merchant and military alike. Part of the second floor is designed like the interior of a ship, including a map and radio room. Pedro Montt 989. Admission charged.Housed in what was once the mansion of the powerful Braun-Menéndez family, the Museo Regional de Magallanes is an intriguing glimpse into the daily life of a wealthy provincial family at the beginning of the 20th century. Lavish Carrara marble hearths, English bath fixtures, and cordovan leather walls are among the original accoutrements. The museum also has an excellent group of displays depicting Punta Arenas's past, from the first European contact to the town's decline after the opening of the Panama Canal. The museum is half a block north of the main square. Magallanes 949. Admission charged.The resplendent 1895 Palacio Sara Braun is a national landmark and an architectural showpiece of southern Patagonia. Designed by a French architect, the house was built from materials and by craftsmen imported from Europe during the four years of construction. The city's central plaza and surrounding buildings soon followed, ushering in the region's golden era. Noteworthy are the lavish bedrooms, magnificent parquet floors, marble fireplaces, and hand-painted ceilings. Don't miss the portraits of Braun and her husband José Nogueira in the music room. Afterwards, head to the cellar for a drink or snack in the warm public tavern (a good portion of the mansion is leased to a hotel). Plaza Muñoz Gamero 716. Admission charged.Commonly referred to simply as "El Salesiano," the Museo Salesiano de Maggiorino Borgatello is operated by Italian missionaries whose order arrived in Punta Arenas in the 19th century. The Salesians, most of whom spoke no Spanish, proved to be daring explorers. Traveling throughout the region, they collected the artifacts made by indigenous tribes that are currently on display. Av. Bulnes 398. Admission charged.Isla Magdalena. Punta Arenas is the launching point for a boat trip to the Isla Magdalena to see the more than 100,000 Magellanic penguins at the Monumento Natural Los Pingúinos. A single trail, marked off by rope, is accessible to humans. The boat trip to the island, in the middle of the Estrecho de Magallanes, takes about two hours. Make sure to bring along warm clothing, even in summer; the island can be chilly, particularly if a breeze is blowing across the water.Parque Nacional Torres del Paine. Some 12 million years ago, lava flows pushed up through the thick sedimentary crust that covered the southwestern coast of South America, cooling to form a granite mass. Glaciers then swept through the region, grinding away all but the ash-gray spires that rise over the landscape of one of the world's most beautiful natural phenomena, now the Parque Nacional Torres del Paine (established in 1959). Snow formations dazzle along every turn of road, and the sunset views are spectacular.Among the 2,420-square-km (934-square-mi) park's most beautiful attractions are its lakes of turquoise, aquamarine, and emerald green waters. Another draw is its unusual wildlife. Creatures like the guanaco (a woollier version of the llama) and the ñandú (resembling a small ostrich) abound. They are used to visitors and don't seem to be bothered by the proximity of automobile traffic and the snapping of cameras. Predators, like the gray fox, make less frequent appearances. You may also spot the dramatic aerobatics of a falcon and the graceful soaring of the endangered condor. The beautiful puma is especially elusive, but sightings have become more common. Admission charged.Pingúinera de Seno Otway. The road to this penguin sanctuary begins 30 km (18 mi) north of Punta Arenas. Magellanic penguins, which live up to 20 years in the wild, return to their birthplace here every year to mate with the same partner. For about 2,000 penguin couples—no single penguins make the trip—home is this desolate and windswept land off the Otway Sound. In late September, the penguins begin to arrive from the southern coast of Brazil and the Falkland Islands. They mate and lay their eggs in early October, and brood their eggs in November. Offspring hatch between mid-November and early December. If you're lucky, you may catch sight of one of the downy gray chicks that stick their heads out of the burrows when their parents return to feed them. Otherwise you might see scores of the ungainly adult penguins waddling to the ocean from their nesting burrows. They swim for food every eight hours and dive up to 100 feet deep. The penguins depart from the sound in late March. Note that the sanctuary is a 1-km (1/2-mi) walk from the parking lot. It gets chilly, so bring a windbreaker. Admission charged.Reserva Nacional Laguna Parillar. This 47,000-acre reserve lies west of Puerto Hambre, a tranquil fishing village, and is centered around a shimmering lake in a valley flanked by hills. It's a great place for a picnic, and there are a number of well-marked paths that offer sweeping vistas over the Estrecho de Magallanes. About 2 km (1 mi) west of Puerto Hambre is a small white monolith that marks the geographical center of Chile, the midway point between Chile's northern port Arica and the South Pole.Cruise ShoppingWool may no longer be king of the economy, but vast flocks of sheep still yield a high-quality product that is woven into the clothing here. Leather products are also common, but the prices are not necessarily low. About 3 km (2 mi) north of Punta Arenas is the Zona Franca (Av. Bulnes). This duty-free zone is where people from all around the region come for low-priced electronics and other consumer items.

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Exkursionen in Punta Arenas

Lunch with a Local Family

Discover the life and times of those who choose to make Punta Arenas their home during this visit to a local family's home and traditional BBQ. Magellanic hospitality still pervades local culture, undeterred (or perhaps nurtured by) nature's inhospitality, this city is remarkably relaxed and friendly.

Punta Arenas

Leave the pier and head for a short sightseeing drive of the city and to the observation point located at Cerro De La Cruz, where a short stop will be made to enjoy the wonderful panoramic view of the city and the Straits of Magellan. Afterwards, head to a local family house to spend some time with them and learn about different topics.


Local Lunch

Upon arrival, share an aperitif and participate in the preparation of a Patagonian lamb barbecue while sharing with the hostesses and learning about the local culture, immigration stories and history of the region. Probably you will also learn the reason local people of Punta Arenas feel that they leave in an Independent Region, far from the rest of the country and even why they have their own flag.


Get to know the members of the family and enjoy a tasty home-made barbecue.


At agreed time, leave the house and head to the Main Plaza to have a look to the local monuments and also the chance to stroll at the small handicraft stalls before returning to the ship.


Please note: This tour involves minimal walking and is suitable for guests with limited mobility; however it is not wheelchair accessible. Guests should dress in seasonal clothing and wear comfortable walking shoes. This tour is extremely limited in capacity and we suggest guests reserve this tour early to avoid disappointment. Due to average local temperatures, coaches are not equipped with air-conditioning.

Magdalena Island Penguins

Explore one of the largest penguin colonies in southern Chile during this panoramic, half-day sightseeing excursion to Magdalena Island.


Laredo Bay, Boat-Ride, Strait of Magellan and Magdalena Island

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 30-minute drive to Laredo Bay. Upon arrival, embark your motorboat for the approximately one-hour ride to Magdalena Island via the Strait of Magellan. Magdalena Island is located in the middle of the Strait of Magellan, approximately 22 miles (about 35.4 kilometres) north of Punta Arenas.


Magdalena Island

Magdalena Island was declared a National Park in 1966, and re-classified as a Natural Monument in 1982. The aim is to protect the avifauna of the island, such as Magellan penguins, cormorants and seagulls, among others. This island constitutes one of the largest penguin colonies in southern Chile, with a population estimated at more than 50,000 pairs of Magellan Penguins, which is more than 95% of the bird-life bio-mass in the area.


Nature Hike, Penguins, Seabirds and Boat-Ride

Upon arrival, disembark your boat for a guided, approximately one-hour hike along well-marked trails to avoid disturbing the local avifauna. Along the way, observe large numbers of penguins and other birds. Following your trek, embark your motorboat and relax with a snack and a tasty pisco sour before heading back to Laredo Bay. After disembarking the boat, you may opt to re-board your coach and commence the short drive back to the pier, or be dropped off in the downtown area near the pier for shopping and further exploration, and return to the ship on your own.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking for approximately one mile (about 1.6 kilometres), at times over uneven and surfaces and inclines, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and embark/disembark the boat. This tour is not suitable for guests who are prone to seasickness, guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear warm, layered clothing with flat, sturdy, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection, gloves and a weatherproof jacket from the ship. Guests must be at least 21 years old to be served alcoholic beverages. Guests are prohibited from feeding, taking flash photographs and getting extremely close to the penguins. Garbage must be taken back to Punta Arenas to protect this natural monument. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions. The tour duration may vary due to sea and/or wind conditions.

Sights of Punta Arenas

Discover the past to present in Punta Arenas during this half-day outing. Punta Arenas, with a population of 110,000, is the capital of the Magallanes and Antarctic Region, and it is Patagonia's most important city; its streets hum with activity and its airport and seaports bustle with traffic. The town has made a living from coal mines, wool production, oil, fishing, and as a service centre for cargo ships.


Cerro De La Cruz

The tour commences with a drive from the pier through the city of Punta Arenas to the observation point located at Cerro De La Cruz, where a short stop will be made to enjoy the wonderful panoramic view of the city and the Straits of Magellan.


Maggiorino Borgatello Salesian Museum

Drive to the Maggiorino Borgatello Salesian Museum, which was created by the Salesian missionaries, where exhibits illustrating the habitat and history of Patagonia's aboriginal people and the region's natural history can be seen. The museum consists of 3 floors which are only accessible by stairs and most explanations are only written in Spanish.


Patagonia Institute

Continue with a visit of Patagonia Institute, an open-air museum with horse-drawn carts, farm machinery, and other items from the golden age of Punta Arenas. Due to the Patagonia Institute being an outdoor museum it is necessary to walk around on uneven terrain in order to visit it.


Plaza de Armas

Finally drive to the city centre and visit the Plaza de Armas, where a statue of Magellan with a mermaid and two Fuegian Indians at his feet can be seen. Punta Arenas' earliest wealth is reflected in the grand stone mansions that encircle this square, which were built with earnings from the sheep ranches of the late 1800s.


Following this visit, make the return drive to the pier in order to re-join the ship.


Please note: This tour involves moderate walking with stairs and uneven ground to negotiate. Guests should dress in seasonal attire and wear flat, walking shoes. There are souvenirs / handicrafts for sale in the area of the stops made. The order of sites visited may vary. Explanations in Borgetello museum are mostly written in Spanish. Due to average local temperatures, coaches are not equipped with air-conditioning.

Torres del Paine National Park

Discover the exquisite natural topography of Chile during this full-day excursion to picturesque Torres del Paine National Park.


Torres del Paine National Park

Depart the pier for the brief transfer to the airport for your chartered, one-hour flight to Puerto Natales. Upon arrival, board a bus for the scenic, 2-hour drive north through picturesque rolling pampas and distant mountain ranges en route to Porteria Serrano, one of the entrances to Torres del Paine National Park. Your drive within the park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, offers breath taking panoramic vistas in all directions. Around this area of Serrano, lunch will be served with the best views of the park.


Salto Grande Waterfall and Lunch

Drive to the Salto Grande Waterfall. Upon arrival, take an approximate 50-minute hike amidst the rugged beauty surrounding this scenic locale.


Lake Nordenskjold

Established in 1959, this 598,338-acre (242,138-hectare) park was declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1978. Your drive within the park offers incredible vistas. Along the way, a stop is made at the Lake Nordenskjold Lookout for spectacular views of the famous jagged spires that grace numerous publications.


Lastly, a stop will be made at Cerro Castillo Coffee Shop for some snacks before the drive to the Puerto Natales Airport for your return flight to the pier to re-join the ship.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking over bumpy and uneven surfaces, and is recommended for guests in good physical condition. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Warm comfortable clothing, a warm hat and sturdy, closed-toe walking shoes are recommended. Although this programme is limited in capacity, a minimum number of participants are required to operate. This programme becomes 100% non-refundable 21 days prior to the start of your cruise. Cancellations received after this time, will have the cost of the programme charged to their on board account. The order of sites visited may vary. Due to average local temperatures, coaches are not equipped with air-conditioning.

Trekking in the Magallanes Nature Reserve

Embrace the pristine natural beauty of Patagonia during a scenic and exhilarating trek in the Magallanes Nature Reserve. The Reserve takes you into the forests and mountains above Punta Arenas, offering a beautifully spent half-day of hiking with incredible scenery.

Magallanes Nature Reserve

The tour commences driving west towards the Magallanes Nature Reserve on a road that is mainly on gravel for approximately 2 miles (3.2 kms). Upon arrival at 'El Mirador', a flat and even trekking trail, begin your walk and trek for about 0.6 mile (0.96 kms), reaching the estuary of the river 'Las Minas', a place of historical significance for the area as it was the main source of coal for the first half of the 1900´s. Along the trail you can observe diverse native vegetation such as Lengas and Coigües and it may be possible to spot wildlife.


Then board your vehicle and drive towards to the entrance area of the park to start a longer and more difficult trek. Now trek up Mount Fenton for 1.2 mile (1.93 kilometres) to reach the top and enjoy from there the panoramic view over the city, the Straits of Magellan and the legendary Tierra del Fuego Island. Descend following the same trail and board your vehicles. Before driving back to the pier, enjoy a revitalizing hot coffee.


An optional drop off at the Main Plaza in Punta Arenas will be offered with an independent return to the pier.


Please note: This tour requires an extensive amount of walking for approximately 3 hours over rough terrain, and is only recommended for guests in very good physical condition and those who have experience trekking. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Warm, layered, waterproof, clothing and sturdy, closed-toe trekking shoes are recommended. Minimum age to participate is 7 years old. Due to average local temperatures, coaches are not equipped with air-conditioning.