Punta Arenas & Patagonia

Welcome to Punta Arenas, capital of Chilean Patagonia!

Let Antoine de Saint- Exupery, author of "The Little Prince ", describe Punta Arenas: " ... I did a beautiful trip to Tierra del Fuego, liking Punta Arenas for many reasons that have got nothing to do with the city itself. I would love to have the time to understand it and explain it to myself in order to form an opinion about this place, but I can hardly reach the taste, as an animal would.

In this country I feel I get to somewhere. I love a country that makes me experiment that feeling, although with this I'm not saying anything. It’s this light I like infinitely. There in the sky, big clouds banks give the impression of having arrived. They seems to be totally real "objects" like trees. It is the most beautiful light I ever saw. " (quoted from a letter to a friend in 1930 ).

Punta Arenas

Punta Arenas has a population of 123.041 inhabitants, is the oldest and largest city of Patagonia. It was founded in 1848 along the Strait of Magellan, the largest natural sea passage between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, a crossroad for ancient sailors, pirates and now, almost extinct aboriginal tribes.

Location and Climate

Punta Arenas is Chile´s southernmost city and port. It´s located 3,090 kilometers south of Santiago, the capital. The city average annual rain fall is 425mm, concentrated during spring and summer, winter is present with snow and temperatures dropping below 0 º C.


In the English sailing charts that were produced by different expeditions, this area was called Sandy Point. This is the origin of its current name, Punta Arenas, a region that got the interest from the government due to the commerce movement passing through the Strait of Magellan.

Punta Arenas’ Attractions

This colorful Magellan city invites you to enchant yourself with its various museums, gardens and beautiful views, as well as to enjoy the delicacies of the sea. Discover the treasures and charms of the southern Patagonia Capital.

Surrounding Areas & Patagonia

If you are so in love with nature as we are in Punta Arenas, prepare your camera, the surrounding region will seem so fascinating that you won’t stop pressing the button.

Events and Festivities

The beautiful landscapes and climate of the area are the perfect setting for celebrations and traditional activities that gathers people from every corner. Want to participate in a typical festival of the region? Entertainment is in Magallanes all year round!


Get to know Hotel José Nogueira and our beautiful city of Punta Arenas from the point of view of the media.