Top things to do

Top Choice Park in Monumentos históricos Nacionales Puerto Hambre & Fuerte Bulnes

Parque del Estrecho de Magallanes

The historic sites of Puerto Hambre (Port Hunger) and Fuerte Bulnes are the centerpiece of this privately managed park, an excellent introduction to regional history. The museum is Patagonia's best. Hourly presentat…
Top Choice Cemetery in Punta Arenas

Cementerio Municipal

Among South America’s most fascinating cemeteries, with both humble immigrant graves and flashy tombs, like that of wool baron José Menéndez, a scale replica of Rome’s Vittorio Emanuele monument, according to author…
Top Choice Bar in Punta Arenas

Bodega 87

A fine addition to the city, this neighborhood bar is friendly and bubbling with life. There are memorable craft cocktails and local beer. Try a not-too-sweet calafate mojito.
Wildlife Reserve in Magallanes Region

Monumento Natural Los Pingüinos

The thriving Magellanic penguin colonies of Monumento Natural Los Pingüinos on Isla Magdalena and Isla Marta are well worth visiting, particularly if you have never seen penguins before. The islands are 35km northea…
Museum in Punta Arenas

Museo Regional de Magallanes

This opulent mansion testifies to the wealth and power of pioneer sheep farmers in the late 19th century. The well-maintained interior houses a regional historical museum (ask for booklets in English) and original e…
Pub in Punta Arenas

Bar Clinic

This gorgeous corner pub with leather details and polished floors has had nine lives: in its current incarnation it is a franchise outlet of the Santiago bar named for the humorous political newspaper. Although the …
Pizza in Punta Arenas

La Mesita Grande

If you're homesick for Brooklyn, La Mesita Grande might do the trick. This mod exposed-brick pizzeria serves them up thin and chewy, with organic toppings and pints of local brew. Also has awesome Caesar salads. Sav…
Art in Punta Arenas

Andrea Araneda

The workshop of talented local painter Andrea Araneda, with a playful touch on Magellanic themes. As it's a workspace, call ahead (English OK), and your visit may even include a glass of wine. At the time of writing…
Grill in Punta Arenas

El Fogon de Lalo

Local beef and lamb are grilled to perfection in this loud grill house decorated with pioneer memorabilia. There are also good salads and sides – everything comes à la carte. Expect expert service from a seasoned wa…
Market in Punta Arenas

La Vianda

The first stop for picnickers or those soon to climb aboard a long-distance bus, this market does a variety of excellent breads, including sweet varieties and sourdough, all-natural soups and fresh rhubarb juice and…