The Monumento Natural Los Pingüinos on Magdalena Island is a penguin colony a couple of hours from Punta Arenas by ferry. It has it's own sort of penguin, the Magellanic penguin. The ferry puts you ashore at the head of the path that leads up the hill to the lighthouse. You stay on the path so you...more
Plaza Muñoz Gamero is the town square. It's surrounded by lots of great buildings. In the center, it has a monument to Magallen, and surrounding that are several stalls selling tourist goods. There might be more dogs than people in the square....more
The Cafe Montt, presumably named for the former President of Chile Manuel Montt, is a little spot between the town square and the waterfront. I ducked in to get out of the rain and had a nice hot chocolate.
The Nao Victoria museums built a replica of the Nao Victoria, the first known ship to circumnavigate the globe. It's often attributed as Magellen's ship, but apparently he wasn't on this particular ship. For a small entrance fee, you get an audio tour (with several language...more
I stayed at the Taha Tai Hotel the week that I ran the Rapa Nui Marathon. It's on the coast, but within walking distance of everything in town and close to the Aku Hanga moais. The hotel was comfortable and had slow but usuable WiFi in the lobby....more
Rano Raraku is the site where the stones for the moai were cut out of the mountains, and probably the moai that you see in the pictures. There's a small visitors center and picnic area. A trail takes you to the quarry and moai.
I stayed in a hotel on the rocky beach in Hanga Roa, the only settlement of size on the island. Everything was in walking distance, including several moai. If you have a motorcycle endorsement on your license, you can rent a scooter to get to the farther away places....more