Start planning your cruise and book your excursions to Punta Arenas
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.
• 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.