REGION: South Patagonia
ACTIVITY LEVEL: 1 (Easy)
SUMMARY: Visit the Maggiorino Borgatello Museum, the above-ground cemetery, significant monuments, and the Plaza Muñoz Gamero. Enjoy the amazing views from Mirador Cerro La Cruz.
DURATION: 4 hrs.
DEPARTURE: Cruise ship pier or your Punta Arenas hotel.
MIN. / MAX. PEOPLE: 2-15; more by prior arrangement.
SEASON: Daily, October to March
ITINERARY: To gain an understanding of Punta Arenas, Chile’s southernmost city, we begin our tour at the Maggiorino Borgatello Museum*. This is a Salesian Society museum of natural history and pre-Hispanic ethnic groups. Its collections include ethnic Patagonian artifacts, examples of the region’s flora and fauna, as well as displays on the social and economic history of the area.
The tour continues with a visit to the impressive above ground cemetery, with its elaborate tombs, (where we learn more about Patagón culture), and then to the monuments to The Ovejero (The Sheep Herder), Ferdinand Magellan, and Croatian Colonists, among others. Most of this area’s inhabitants descend from immigrants from Croatia, Spain, Italy, Germany, England and Chile’s Island of Chiloé.
We then visit Mirador Cerro La Cruz (the Overlook from the Hill of the Cross), where you enjoy the panoramic views of the city and the Strait of Magellan and Tierra del Fuego.
For our last stop, we visit Plaza Muñoz Gamero, the main square. Then back to the pier.
*If the Salesian museum is closed, another museum will be included.
Note: It is essential that you wear layered clothing in order to fully enjoy and participate in this excursion, windbreaker, sunglasses, hat, and sun protection.
INCLUDED: Professional local tour guide (with First Aid Accreditation and mobile phone), museum entrance fee, and private transportation with seat insurance.
NOT INCLUDED: Travel insurance, personal equipment, lunch, tips or anything not listed in the program.
GUEST PROVIDES: Comfortable clothes according to the activity (can be cold or windy) walking or tennis shoes, walking sticks (optional), backpack or tote, camera, water , cap or hat, sunscreen and sunglasses.
TOUR OPERATED BY: Patagonia SouthernLand Expeditions staff
TOUR COST: Request a quote!