Southern Chilean Patagonia

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Southern Chilean Patagonia - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Monumento Natural Los Pingüinos

    Island

    Punta Arenas is the launching point for a boat trip to see the more than 120,000 Magellanic penguins at the Monumento Natural Los Pingüinos...Read More

  • 2. Museo Regional de Magallanes

    Museum/Gallery

    Housed in what was once the mansion of the powerful Braun-Menéndez family, the Regional Museum of Magallanes is an intriguing glimpse into the...Read More

  • 3. Parque Nacional Torres del Paine

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    About 12 million years ago, lava flows pushed up through the thick sedimentary crust that covered the southwestern coast of South America, cooling...Read More

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  • 4. Cementerio Municipal

    Cemetery

    The fascinating history of this region is chiseled into stone at the Municipal Cemetery. Set among long paths lined with eerily sculpted cypress...Read More

  • 5. Erratic Rock

    Hotel–Sight

    For anyone seriously contemplating trekking the W or the full Circuit around Torres del Paine, the Erratic Rock hostel in Puerto Natales offers...Read More

  • 6. Fuerte Bulnes

    Military Site

    In the middle of a Chilean winter in 1843, a frigate under the command of Captain Juan Williams Rebolledo sailed southward from the island of...Read More

  • 7. Iglesia Parroquial

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Across from the Plaza de Armas is the squat little Iglesia Parroquial. The ornate altarpiece in this church depicts the town's founders, indigenous...Read More

  • 8. Mirador Cerro la Cruz

    Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    The white cross that gives this hill its name marks a pretty good vantage point over the city, but it's not the best; to get to the best spot...Read More

  • 9. Monolith

    Memorial/Monument/Tomb

    About 2 km (1 mile) west of Puerto Hambre is a small white monolith that marks the geographical center of Chile, the midway point between...Read More

  • 10. Monumento Natural Cueva de Milodón

    Memorial/Monument/Tomb

    In 1896, Hermann Eberhard stumbled upon a gaping cave that extended 200 meters (650 feet) into the earth. Venturing inside, he discovered the...Read More

  • 11. Museo del Recuerdo

    Museum/Gallery

    In the gardens of the Instituto de la Patagonia, part of the Universidad de Magallanes, the Museum of Memory is an enviable collection of machinery...Read More

  • 12. Museo Historico Municipal

    Museum/Gallery

    A highlight in the small but interesting Museo Historico Municipal is a room filled with antique prints of Aonikenk and Kaweshkar indigenous...Read More

  • 13. Museo Naval y Marítimo

    Museum/Gallery

    This museum extols Chile's high-seas prowess, particularly where Antarctica is concerned. In fact, a large chunk of ice from the great white...Read More

  • 14. Museo Salesiano de Maggiorino Borgatello

    Museum/Gallery

    Commonly referred to simply as El Salesiano, this museum is operated by Italian missionaries whose order arrived in Punta Arenas in the 19th...Read More

  • 15. Palacio Sara Braun

    House/Mansion/Villa

    This resplendent 1895 mansion, a national landmark and architectural showpiece of southern Patagonia, was designed by French architect Numa...Read More

  • 16. Parque Nacional Bernardo O'Higgins

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    Bordering the Parque Nacional Torres del Paine on the southwest, Parque Nacional Bernardo O'Higgins marks the southern tip of the vast Campo...Read More

  • 17. Plaza de Armas

    Plaza/Square/Piazza

    A few blocks east of the waterfront overlooking Seno Última Esperanza is the not-quite-central Plaza de Armas. An incongruous railway engine...Read More

  • 18. Plaza Muñoz Gamero

    Plaza/Square/Piazza

    A canopy of pine trees shades this grandiose main square, which is surrounded by splendid baroque-style mansions from the 19th century. The...Read More

  • 19. Reserva Nacional Laguna Parrillar

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    The 47,000-acre Reserva Nacional Laguna Parrillar, west of Puerto Hambre, stretches around a shimmering lake in a valley flanked by hills. It...Read More

  • 20. Pingüinera de Seno Otway

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    Magellanic penguins, which live up to 20 years in the wild, return repeatedly to their birthplace to mate with the same partner. For about 2...Read More

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