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Tour: PUNTA ARENAS CITY

Tour to Punta Arenas, Magdalena Island, Strait of Magellan, Fort Bulnes

Punta Arenas, "The City of the Straits" was from its foundation in 1884, the centre from which the rustic Patagonia was colonized. The conquest of this inhospitable and remote land left its tracks in the City. Luxurious houses hold memories of the life of the enormous estancias cattle ranches that occupied the zone and its port reminds us that until the opening of the Panama Canal, in 1914, the City was the most important Port of the Straits of Magellan. These and many other histories of the Patagonia still can be felt when sightseeing in this emblematic city and its surrounding country side.

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Tour Details
Duration : 3 days / 2 nights
Type / activities : Cultural, historical, nature, fauna.
Price from : US$ 414
Reservation : 1 month in advance.
Dates of Service : All year long except navigation to Magdalena Island: December through March.
Places Visited : Punta Arenas, Magdalena Island, Strait of Magellan, Fort Bulnes.

Tour Description

DAY 01: PUNTA ARENAS: Reception. Navigation penguin nests Magdalena Island (Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays)
Magdalena Island Reception and transfer to your hotel.
15:00 Transfer from your hotel to the embarking peer. Navigation to Magdalena Island, nearby Marta Isle, its part of the Natural Monument of The Penguins, natural habitat for more than 120.000 Magellan penguins and one of the largest nesting areas for these birds in southern Chile, paradise for birdwatchers.
Arriving in the island is a spectacle. It is two-hour navigating across the Strait of Magellan, where it is possible to see spectacular panoramic views of Punta Arenas, the plains of Tierra del Fuego and the oilrigs of Cabo Negro or Laredo Bay. All this to arrive in this place, at 35 km from the City of Punta Arenas and immerse within the proper strait. Once there the landscape is even more beautiful, with penguins, cormorants and sea lions, among others, are the protagonists. For an hour we will be able to watch the thousands of penguins and nests on a walk through paths that run from the coast up to the island’s highest tip, where the lighthouse holding the Center of Environmental Interpretation, with the history of the strait and the local fauna, is located.
Transfer to your hotel.

DAY 02: PUNTA ARENAS: City tour in Punta Arenas and Fort Bulnes
Panoramic of Punta Arenas Breakfast. Tour Fort Bulnes. Old experiences invite us to evoke the historic Fort Bulnes, located south of Punta Arenas (km marker 58) and an unforgettable landmark for those who inhabited this place. The fort appears bordering the legendary Strait of Magellan and then penetrating by Santa Ana Point. It is nowadays a reconstruction of that first Chilean military post in austral lands, inaugurated during the administration of President Manuel Bulnes by the expedition of the Ancud Schooner, on October the 30th of 1843, and abandoned in 1848 when the population moved up to the current location of the City of Punta Arenas, first Chilean enclave in the Austral Zone. On the way back, and in the vicinity of Fort Bulnes, are the ruins of the City of King Felipe II of Spain, founded by Sarmiento de Gamboa in 1584, where 300 personas perished of cold and hunger, being since known as Port of Hunger. Return to the City of Punta Arenas.
In the afternoon half day tour in the city. Punta Arenas was the first permanent civilized human settlement in the Austral Patagonia; history is revived at each of its street corners, remembering the adventures and experiences of its pioneers, those who brought it to life on December the 18th of 1848 as an incipient colony and in just a few years turned it into the most important cultural, industrial, commercial and livestock center in the zone.
The tour takes us through well designed avenues and plazas and some of the city’s 30 monuments, including a fascinating visit to the Salesian Museum Maggiorino Borgatello, where we can appreciate its magnificent collections of Magellanean flora and fauna specimens, and exclusive craftsmanship and folklore relics from the people who inhabited the zone, such as the Yagan, the Ona and Alacalufe. Panoramic views of the city and the Strait of Magellan appear as a backdrop, making of this tour one of the most thorough in the City of Punta Arenas.

DAY 03: PUNTA ARENAS: Transfer airport or bus terminal
In due time transfer to the airport or the bus terminal to continue your trip.


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Tour Rates

Price per person in US dollars
Prices not valid for residents of Chile


HIGH SEASON PRICES
FROM OCTUBER 1st, 2008 TO MARCH 31st, 2009

Referential Prices 2008


SERVICES ON REGULAR BASIS
Spanish - English speaking guides
Minimum 2 persons
Hotels Single Room Double Room Triple Room
Finis Terrae 4* 583 462 387
Tierra del Fuego 4* 543 428 355
Isla Rey Jorge 4* 499 414 352



SERVICES ON PRIVATE BASIS
Spanish - english speaking guides
Minimum 2 persons
Hotels Single Room Double Room Triple Room
Finis Terrae 4* 871 513 411
Tierra del Fuego 4* 832 479 379
Isla Rey Jorge 4* 787 466 376
Spanish speaking guide
Finis Terrae 4* 664 416 344
Tierra del Fuego 4* 625 382 311
Isla Rey Jorge 4* 580 368 309




Referential Prices Only. May be modified without previous notice depending on US Dollar exchange rate with local currency.

Note 1: Prices valid until March 31st, 2009
Note 2: These Prices subject to change without previous advice, as in the Case of Easter Week, May 1st, Christmas, New Years etc.
Note 3: Prices in Regular Tours based on a minimum of 2 persons, inclusive for the prices based on single supplements.
Note 4: Ask for special rates for groups from 4 persons up that travel together and for a single person travelling alone in a regular tour.


Domestic local flight are not included




Tour Inclusions

INCLUDED:
  • Transfers airport / hotel / airport, private service
  • 2 lodging nights at chosen hotel with breakfast
  • Half a day city tour in Punta Arenas, tickets for the museum
  • Half a day tour to Fort Bulnes, tickets
  • Navigation Island Magdalena, transfer to the peer

NOT INCLUDED:
  • Meals not mentioned in the program
  • Optional tours
  • Others not mentioned in the itinerary




Additional Tours

Departing Place Tour Name Duration Prices from
 
Punta Arenas Trekking Magellan Reserve Half a day
 
Punta Arenas Ñandú (Rhea) Park Half a day
 
Punta Arenas Tierra del Fuego, Porvenir 1 day
 
Punta Arenas Puerto Natales and Torres del Paine 4 days / 3 nights US$ 532
 




Useful Information

WEATHER
The capital of the Chilean Patagonia has a cold steppe weather, similar to that in all this region’s settlements. The annual average temperature in summer is of 10.6º C and of 2.0º C in winter. The annual average precipitation is of 425 mm, being January the rainiest month.

WHAT TO PACK
It is advisable to pack impermeable jackets and pants, thermal long sleeve t-shirts, parka or windbreaker, cap with ear covers, thermal gloves and socks, short pants, sandals, shades with UV protection, sunscreen (minimum factor 30) for face and lips, repellent, sun cap, impermeable footwear for hikes (use them before traveling if new), among other warming items of clothing.

WATER There is fresh water in almost the entire territory, although it is advisable to drink bottled water in rural areas.

HEALTH Punta Arenas has an ample variety of hospitals and clinics, all of them well equipped to deal with any kind of emergency.

CHILEAN GASTRONOMY Chilean cuisine is very diverse. Among its typical dishes we have: Empanada de Pino (dough stuffed with onion, meat, raisins and olives), Pastel de Choclo (made mainly of corn with meat, eggs and olives), Porotos Granados (tender potatoes cooked with gourd and corn), Cazuela de Ave o Vacuno (clear soup of chicken or beef with boiled vegetables), besides those typical of each region.
Lastly, you can not fail to taste the exquisite Mote con Huesillos, a dessert elaborated from a boiled fruit and mote wheat.

Restaurants recommended during your trip:

Restaurants in Punta Arenas

IMPORTANT: Enjoy Corporation retains the right to make changes in the order of the excursions or trips without previous notice due to weather conditions, level of the rivers, arriving and departing hours of planes or buses, or for any other relevant reason, which will ensure and guarantee a better outcome for your trip.







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