Antarctica Cruises departing from Punta Arenas
A beautiful Chilean coastal city
Information about Punta Arenas
Punta Arenas ("Sandy Point" in Spanish) is the capital city of Chile's southernmost region, Magallanes and Antarctica Chilena.
Punta Arenas is the largest city below the 46th parallel and is one of the largest cities in the entire Patagonian Region. It is only 870 miles from the coast of Antarctica, yet Punta Arenas is a vibrant and modern city that's the perfect starting point for Antarctic exploration.
Visitors can also take advantage of the city's rich history, cultural heritage and bustling urban life before embarking on their adventure to the white continent. Whether you're an avid nature lover, a history buff, or an adventurous traveler, Punta Arenas is the perfect starting point for an unforgettable journey to Antarctica.
Interesting facts about Punta Arenas
Punta Arenas is the southernmost city in Chile and is located near the Straits of Magellan.
It was founded in 1848 as a penal colony and later became a hub for sheep farming and wool trade.
Punta Arenas was once the largest city in Patagonia and was a major stopover for ships traveling between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.
The city has a rich cultural heritage, including a significant population of Croatian immigrants, who have contributed to its unique architecture and cuisine.