Punta Arenas, Chile
The Tycoons of Patagonia
Local Sightseeing, All
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Approximately 4 Hours
Breathtaking personal fortunes have been made and lost in Patagonia. Today you’ll learn how they were made and by whom, and the resulting legacy of hardworking men and women.
Board your coach shipside for a sightseeing drive around the bustling frontier town of Punta Arenas -- capital of the Magallanes Region. Discover the charm of this southernmost city in the world, situated on the Strait of Magellan.
Sometimes the best place to start delving into the lives of historic figures is at the cemetery that became their final resting place. Punta Arenas’ pioneer cemetery features avenues lined with tall cypress trees and splendid mausoleums. Cross the cemetery to see the tomb of Sara Braun -- the richest woman in Patagonia’s history -- and to hear about her amazing life.
Drive to the Cerro La Cruz, a viewpoint over the city and the Strait of Magellan, the port and the legendary Tierra del Fuego Island -- once home to the Fireland Natives.
Back in town stop at the Plaza de Armas, the main square, and visit the Braun-Menéndez Mansion. This National Monument was designed and built by the renowned French architect Antoine Beaulier in 1906. The mansion is a well-preserved example of how the affluent families lived at the turn of the 20th century and contains all of its original furniture, décor and memorabilia.
Continue driving out of town to visit an old warehouse, now refurbished, where you’ll see machinery used by the first colonists in this part of the world. Listen to the epic story of the settlement of Punta Arenas and enjoy a beverage and a cheese empanadita -- a typical stuffed turnover that is a savory delight. Watch a shearing show that exhibits a little bit of the agricultural skill that has brought fame and fortune to Patagonia.
Finally, after having learned about the life of the forefathers of the present inhabitants of Punta Arenas, you’ll return to the pier.
It is essential that you wear warm, layered clothing in order to fully enjoy and participate in this excursion.