City Tour of Punta Arenas
Punta Arenas, Chile
- Maggiorino Borgatello Salesian Museum: The Salesian order is credited with peacefully settling the region, but the real story unfolds through the pre-Hispanic artifacts displayed here.
- La Cruz Hill: Enjoy the view from the top of this hill offering panoramic vistas of the city's colorful roofs, the Magellan strait, and the glacial Tierra del Fuego island.
- Punta Arenas Cemetery: Explore a colonial cemetery dating back to the 1840s, internationally renowned for its magnificent mausoleums, European architecture and shaped cypress trees.
- Plaza de Armas: Founding conqueror and explorer extraordinaire Magellan is immortalized in bronze in the city's main square, looking towards his namesake strait and pointing visitors in the direction of what's to explore.
About this Punta Arenas tour
Traveling without the usual everyday comforts might give the modern traveler a sensation of culture shock, but the oddities encountered by today’s globetrotter have nothing on Ferdinand Magellan, the Portuguese explorer who led the first attempt to circumnavigate the globe and claimed to have found a Land of Giants.
It was 1520 when the renowned explorer and his five-ship command arrived to the tip of South America and encountered a series of islands now called the Magellan Strait. While poking around the islands, Magellan and one of his men spotted a naked giant dancing and singing on the shore, whom they approached singing and dancing to prove their friendly intentions - whether they stripped down too is a fact lost in history.
Both the giant Indian and European adventurers were left in awe of the other. According to Magellan’s storytelling, this tribe of giants stood as tall as 16 feet with strong builds and uproarious voices. As far as the locals were concerned, they were encountering demigods coming down from the heavens.
Magellan was never able to prove their existence to his European counterparts, but his moniker for them, The Patagonians, gave birth to the name for the entire Southern region of Chile and Argentina. You'll meet the explorer – the bronze immortal version – on your tour of Punta Arenas today.
Debunking tall tales
Magellan tried to bring two giants back with him to Europe. His attempts were unsuccessful but many Europeans believed the tale of a land of giants in South America. That was until explorer Sir Francis Drake encountered the same group of large - but not gigantic - Indians a hundred years later and rewrote the myth.
Staying at a hotel in Punta Arenas? Be sure to advise the GoBe Crew so our GoBe Representative, with the displayed logo sign, can meet you in your hotel lobby.
Air-conditioned transportation cannot be guaranteed in this destination. Please bring some cash for any purchases you might wish to make.
This tour involves a mild amount of walking over both even and uneven surfaces and cobblestones. There are some steps. You may need to stand for extended periods of time.
Cultural, Family Friendly, Walking Tour, Scenic, Shopping
Beverage - Water
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated mild. To participate fully, you may be required to walk over primarily even surfaces at a leisurely pace. You may encounter a limited number of steps, cobblestones, or uneven surfaces, and you may have to stand for extended periods of time.
Suitable for all ages.
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