Punta Arenas, in the far south of Chile, is only 250 miles from Cape Horn, the southernmost headland of the Tierra del Fuego archipelago of southern Chile, and is the largest city south of the 46th parallel. After your early arrival we drive to our hotel in town to check in.
Depending on your flight arrival, you may have time to explore the port city of Punta Arenas. In the 1800’s and early 1900’s maritime traffic kept this southern province capital extremely busy.
When the Panama Canal opened in 1914 the shipping traffic around Cape Horn dropped dramatically, and the economy in Punta Arenas relied mainly on the Southern Patagonia sheep ranches. Today this windy city of 120,000 has a diverse economy thriving on sheep and cattle, as well as agriculture, oil and tourism. Overnight at La Yegua Loca Hotel.