Punta Arenas Cruises

Strait of Magellan Park and Fort Bulnes
Trekking in the Magallanes National Reserve 
Magdalena Island Penguin Colony

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Punta Arenas, a former military fort and mining town on the banks of the Brunswick Peninsula in Chile’s Magellan region, is one of the largest cities in Patagonia. This MSC World Cruise destination features a historical centre distinguished by colourful buildings, picturesque plazas, charming parks, and a beautiful palacio.
 
MSC Cruises excursions offer plenty of exciting things to see including:
 
• Strait of Magellan Park and Fort Bulnes
• Trekking in the Magallanes National Reserve 
• Magdalena Island Penguin Colony
 
Enjoy an MSC Cruises excursion to the Strait of Magellan Park, located on a rugged peninsula on Santa Ana Point. This 250-hectare reserve comprises two National Monuments of Chile and a remarkable archaeological site. Admire a replica of the timber-built Fort Bulnes — a settlement dating back to 1843. Afterwards, gain a fascinating glimpse into the life of early pioneers, taking in the barracks, a chapel, and an armoury. 
 
Take an MSC Cruises excursion to Magallanes National Reserve, a wilderness boasting over 13,500 hectares of dense vegetation. Here, you’ll enjoy a myriad of winding footpaths traversing beautiful landscapes, shaded by Lenga and Coigües forests. Hike the trails of Mount Fenton to enjoy magnificent views over Punta Arenas, the Strait of Magella, and Tierra del Fuego island. Afterwards, descend the trail at your leisure, admiring the stunning flora and fauna. 
 
Sail northeast to the shores of Magdalena Island on an MSC Cruises excursion. Here, you’ll explore its incredible landscapes which are considered a protected nature sanctuary and a Chilean National Monument. Encounter more than 63,000 pairs of Magellanic penguins, the largest community in southern Chile. Afterwards, spend some time exploring the island, taking in breathtaking views of the ocean.

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    Sandwiched between the snowy white peaks of the Andes and the waves of the Pacific Ocean, Chile is the perfect country for outdoor activities and nature lovers thanks to its stunning national parks and reserves, which protect an incredible variety of plants and animals.

    An MSC World Cruise will take you to the very end of this extremely long country – over 4300 km – from Arica, on the Chile- Peru border, to Punta Arenas, on the border between Chile and Argentina, including everything else on the way! 
     
    During a cruise you may not get to see the driest desert in the world – the Atacama desert with its fascinating Valley of the Moon –, the high trails in the Parque Nacional Lauca, all at an altitude of between 4000 and 6000 metres, or the volcanic peaks and verdant landscapes of the Región de Los Lagos (very similar to the European Alps), but you will definitely have the opportunity to enjoy the wilderness of Patagonia and the statues carved by the Rapa Nui on Easter Island. 
     
    An MSC day trip will take you to the capital of Chile, Santiago, which is easily reachable from the colourful port of Valparaiso. The city is located in the country's central valley, near an area that is characterised by its vineyards, for example Colchagua Valley, and ski resorts.