Punta Arenas

From: Chile Travel Guide

See also: Southern PatagoniaTorres del Paine National Park

Punta Arenas
Chile's most southerly city is located along the scenic Straits of Magellan in the heart of Southern Patagonia.

One of the best times to visit is during the spring and summer months of September through to March where temperatures average around 40 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit. During the winter temperatures drop and average around 30 and 35 degrees Fahrenheit with travel in the area becoming far more challenging.

Punta Arenas has plenty of shopping opportunities on offer that ranges from picking up any hiking and outdoor clothing that you may require for your travels to a wide range of handicrafts, clothing and general souvenirs. There are plenty of street vendors in and around the cities main square and Punta Arenas is also home to its very own tax free shopping zone where all manner of goods can be purchased.

Punta Arenas is located in the Magallanes region in Chile's Southern Patagonia. The city is within easy reach of Puerto Natales and the Torres del Paine National Park.

Travel Guide
The town itself is relatively small and walking around is fairly straight forward. There are however plenty of taxis and buses available for trips around town and to most of the major destinations. Being that Punta Arenas is a port, you'll also find no shortage of boats large and small to take you exploring around the superb surrounding waters.