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Nov 10th, 2012, 04:27 PM
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Punta Arenas Chile for a week

I am in the pre -planning stage for a week's stay in Punta Arenas Chile in April 2013. I would like to do day trips from the city such as the penguin colony. Does anyone have any suggestions for day trips out of the city down there that they enjoyed going on?

My game plan is to fly to Santiago for a day or two as my husband has not been there before(I have) and then on to Punta Arenas for a week. We are NOT going on an Antarctic cruise but will be meeting up with my daughter for a few days down there.

Any suggestions for day trips;hotels or restaurants down there will be greatly appreciated!
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Nov 11th, 2012, 06:13 AM
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The penguins won't be around in April, I am afraid. But there is still plenty to do around Punta Arenas, a city with a lot of history in Chile. Definitely go to one of the estancias for a Patagonian lamb lunch.
http://www.welcomepatagonia.com/trav...excursions.php
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Nov 11th, 2012, 10:55 AM
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Thanks for the link Huentetu!
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Nov 11th, 2012, 11:57 AM
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You might consider splitting your time perhaps part in Puerto Natales which puts you 3 hours closer one-way to Torres del Paine.

Also the ferry operated by 21 de Mayo from Puerto Natales to the Serrano and Balmaceda glaciers with a lunch stop at an estancia, leaves from Natales. I am not sure if they run in April.

http://www.turismo21demayo.cl/programas.htm
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Nov 11th, 2012, 12:09 PM
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One of our favourite restaurants is in Punta Arenas....highly recommend La Luna! Pics here

http://lizandrichardsa.typepad.com/l...ke_distri.html
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Nov 12th, 2012, 04:34 PM
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I agree about spliting your stay between Punta Arenas and Puerto Natales. Both cities could be good bases for day trips depending on what you would like to see and do.
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Dec 26th, 2012, 06:55 PM
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I just got back from Chile and I much preferred Puerto Natales and Torres del Paine over Punta Arenas. I stayed at the costaustralis hotel in Puerto Natales which was really nice. Spent several days in Torres Del Paine which was the highlight of my trip

Punta Arenas downtown area was not worth seeing, many boarded up shops , graffiti, not many restaurants, could not even find a minimart or grocery store. I did enjoy the half day trip to Magdalena Island to see the penguins, and a half day kayaking trip from Punta Arenas.
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Jan 5th, 2013, 02:14 PM
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My husband and I want to stay only in Punta Arenas as my daughter will be in port there for work so that is why I wanted to do daytrips out of there.Any tour companies you would recommend,hotels or restaurants? Thanks!
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Jan 5th, 2013, 05:48 PM
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Comapa is a big tourist agency in P. Arenas that runs the trips to Magdalena

http://www.comapa.com/en/

I stayed at a nice B&B near the P. Arenas airport, they take you into town as needed.
Run by English teachers, very helpful/

http://www.lacasaescondida.cl/home.html
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Jan 6th, 2013, 08:16 AM
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There is an article on Patagonia, including P. Arenas, in the travel section of the NY Times for Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013, that you probably can view online. ZZ
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Jan 7th, 2013, 04:04 PM
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Mar 19th, 2013, 08:07 AM
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You can't miss the National Reserve Magallanes, walk its trails and enjoy the most beautiful landscapes. You can navigate the Estrecho de Magallanes. There are many Museums as well.

In Punta Arenas you can eat traditional food, the seafood is delicious: you can go to "Sotito's" or to "Los Ganaderos".

In terms of activities, there are places to go trekking, kayaking, canopy, fishing and other outdoor activities, so it depends on what you want to do.
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Mar 20th, 2013, 06:38 AM
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An accommodation in Punta Arenas that I love, is the Sutivan Ranch Cabins(http://destinalo.com/hotels-acomodat...Rancho-Sutivan), the landscape and food are amazing; plus, they offer several outdoor activities and service is very good.

If cabins are not your thing, you can stay at Estancia Río Los Ciervos (http://destinalo.com/hotels-acomodat...Do-Los-Ciervos) this is an estate, lovely, great excursions.
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