Punta Arenas Cruise

The Southern Part of the Planet
Life in the Strait of Magellan
The Wonders of Patagonia

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Punta Arenas

Antarctica's spectacular nature

Your MSC Cruise will take you to Punta Arenas, the capital city of the Magellan Region and of Chilean Antarctica. Its creation is quite recent: it was founded in 1848. It boasts Dalmatian ancestors, who came to South America in the 19th century in search of gold.
On an excursion, you can visit this urban center ‒ one of the southernmost cities, not only of Chile but also of Earth ‒ with its center in Plaza Muñoz Gamero surrounded by historical buildings and evergreen trees. The focus of the square is the monument to honor explorer Ferdinand Magellan. To admire the view of Punta Arenas, you should climb Cerro la Cruz, from which you can see the Strait of Magellan and Tierra del Fuego. Afterwards, you should stop at the Mayorino Borgatello Museum, founded by Salesian friars, to admire the representations of ancient Patagonia and the flora and fauna of the region, and also at the Patagonia Institute, which displays the equipment used by the first settlers.
The Strait of Magellan Park is a natural oasis, where you can visit one of the first settlements in Chile on an excursion: inside the timber forests of the Patagonian Historical Park, you will find an exact replica of Fuerte Bulnes where the pioneers lived which is made out of only grass and wood.
A day of hiking awaits you on an adventure into the Magellan National Reserve, where you can observe native species of plants, birds and mammals. After two kilometers of walking, you will reach the top of Mount Fenton for a breathtaking view of the city of Punta Arenas, the Strait of Magellan and the legendary Tierra del Fuego.

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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.