Top things to do

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 Bruce …
Top Choice Chilean in Punta Arenas

La Marmita

This classic bistro enjoys wild popularity for its lovely, casual ambiance and tasty fare. Besides fresh salads and hot bread, hearty dishes such as casseroles or seafood hark back to grandma’s cooking, Chilean styl…
Sandwiches in Punta Arenas

El Mercado

This local institution serves an assortment of seafood specials, from scallops stewed in garlic sauce, to baked creamed centolla to mussels a la parmesana. There's a full bar, English menu and cheaper sandwiches.
Chilean in Punta Arenas


An innovative mainstay with homey atmosphere. Garlic soup made with fragrant beef broth is a good starter, even shared. Game dishes are the house specialty, but the delicate merluza negra (black hake) shouldn’t be m…
Landmark in Punta Arenas

Club de la Unión

Facing the north side of the Plaza Muñoz Gamero is the Club de la Unión, the former Sara Braun mansion, some rooms of which are open for public visits.
Supermarket in Punta Arenas


A large, well-stocked supermarket.
Duty Free in Punta Arenas

Zona Franca

The duty-free zone is a large, polished conglomeration of shops that is worth checking out if you’re looking for electronics, outdoor gear, computer accessories or camera equipment. Colectivos (shared taxis) shuttle…
Historic Building in Punta Arenas

Casa Braun-Menéndez

Facing the Plaza Muñoz Gamero’s north side is the Club de la Unión, which houses the former Palacio Sara Braun, now known as the Casa Braun-Menéndez.
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…
Museum in Punta Arenas

Museo Naval y Marítimo

A naval and maritime museum with historical exhibits that include a fine account of the Chilean mission that rescued Sir Ernest Shackleton’s crew from Antarctica. The most imaginative display is a replica ship compl…