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Punta Arenas is the capital city of Chile’s Magallanes region. The name Punta Arenas means “Sandy Point.” Legend holds that 17th Century Explorer John Narborough gave Punta Arenas its name. In 1927, Punta Arenas’ name was briefly changed to Magallanes.That name didn’t stick, however, and Punta Arenas regained its original name just nine years after this change. Many locals often call Punta Arenas the “City of Red Roofs.” Indeed, many of the city’s churches, stores, and residential buildings fit this description. Some believe that the design of these buildings was inspired by the Spaniards who tried to settle in the region centuries ago.
In the modern world, Punta Arenas plays a big role in Chile’s tourist industry. Hundreds of thousands of people visit the city each and every month. Many visitors come to participate in annual events like Punta Arenas’ Winter Carnival. Others come to explore one of Punta Arenas' local islands, such as Dawson Island. A large number of sailors and scientists also visit Punta Arenas regularly; the City of Red Roofs is a launch point for Antarctic Expeditions. It’s also worth noting that Punta Arenas has operated on its own time zone as of 2017.
As the capital city of one of Chile’s largest regions, it comes as no surprise that Punta Arenas has a large population. To be specific, Punta Arenas has about 124,169 permanent residents as of 2017. Normally, the city isn’t too crowded. However, as we mentioned earlier, the city receives scores of visitors each month. Those numbers quickly add up to around 1 million-plus tourists each year. The good news is that Punta Arenas is always pulsing with new people to meet. The bad news is that luggage storage options might become limited. That’s why travelers should use Bounce to store their things. It's much easier to make your way around without heavy bags weighing you down.
Top Things to Do
We could best describe Punta Arenas as a city for sea lovers. Guests can sail to Punta Arenas’ nearby islands, embark on cruises, and explore Punta Arenas’ ports. Fishing enthusiasts will find plenty of places to set up shop. Surfers and parasailers will also have a ball here. Below are some of our favorite things to do in the City of Red Roofs.
The citizens of Punta Arenas cherish their city’s storied past; streets are decorated with statues of Ferdinand Magellan. Museums and memorials that chronicle Punta Arenas’ history can be found everywhere. Guests should visit the following locales to earn more about the City of Red Roofs.
Museo Maggiorino Borgatello: Museo Maggiorino Borgatello is an extremely popular Natural History Museum. Artifacts from Punta Arenas’ early history are on display here. Guests can also explore exhibits centered around Punta Arenas’ wildlife. As with most museums, the Museo Maggiorino Borgatello has strict luggage storage rules. Guests should Bounce away their luggage before visiting.
Museo Nao Victoria: Here’s a museum with a very interesting twist; the Museo Nao Victoria doesn’t just want visitors to see the past. It wants them to experience it. Guests are invited to board replicas of the Nao Victoria carrack, James Caird lifeboat, and the Schooner Ancud ship. They’re also invited to interact with carefully preserved relics of Punta Arenas’ past.
Museum of Remembrance: The Museum of Remembrance harkens back to a simpler time when Punta Arenas’ citizens lived off the land. Numerous farm tools are on display, as well as replicas of the buildings that Punta Arenas’ early residents called home.
Punta Arenas has many large malls and shopping complexes. However, there’s also a slew of small, intimate stores scattered throughout the city. Shoppers can grab unique souvenirs and handcrafted clothes at these stores. Guests can also get their grocery shopping done at most of these venues.
Andrea Araneda: Guests are invited to visit the workshop of local Artist Andrea Araneda. Ms. Araneda specializes in painting vibrant and impressionable watercolor portraits. Visitors are free to view Ms. Araneda’s gallery and purchase whichever paintings are for sale. Use Bounce to store bulky gear before visiting Andrea Araneda’s studio.
Mall Espacio Urbano: This large mall is located near one of Punta Arenas’ busiest streets. Most, if not all, of your favorite name brand stores are there; Starbucks, Falabella, the list goes on and on. The Urbano also has a great food court as well as plenty of space to stroll around.
Zona Franca: Zona Franca is another great shopping complex. However, this mall is located near the ocean. In fact, Zona Franca is only a short walk away from the legendary Strait of Magellan. This mall is also located near one of our luggage storage stations.
When it comes to Chilean cuisine, nothing beats an authentic meal prepared by a seasoned Chilean chef. Sadly, not everyone has the opportunity to taste these sorts of dishes. Guests who visit Punta Arenas are in luck, however. There are dozens of fantastic restaurants in and around the city’s most popular tourist hubs.
Estilo Magallánico: Estilo Magallánico is a Chilean steakhouse that’s unlike any other. Not only does the food taste fantastic, but the atmosphere and service here are superb. Long time patrons recommend that newcomers try Estilo Magallánico’s Sirloin Steak and Rustic Fries.
La Marmita: If you’ve never had Rabbit Stew before, La Marmita is the place to try out that dish. This restaurant has a very vibrant atmosphere, friendly staff, and a fantastic assortment of dishes. Whether you’re eating with friends, going out on a date, or dining solo, you can’t go wrong with La Marmita.
Okusa: Okusa is one of Punta Arenas’ most highly rated seafood restaurants. This establishment specializes in Croatian cuisine. Patrons can also purchase dishes like steak and french fries.
How much does luggage storage cost in Punta Arenas?
The price for luggage storage in Punta Arenas is just $5.90/bag for the entire day.
Is it safe to store your bags in Punta Arenas?
Yes. Every bag is tagged with a security seal and comes with the $5,000 Bounce Guarantee. Every location is required to uphold tight security precautions. You may be asked to show ID and you will be required to use a credit card to book through Bounce in advance. With hundreds of thousands of bags stored, you can count on Bounce to handle your baggage in Punta Arenas.
Are there storage lockers in Punta Arenas?
Yes. There are storage lockers and many other luggage drop off points in Punta Arenas. Bounce has multiple locations throughout Punta Arenas where you can conveniently store your luggage with full security and the $5,000 Bounce Gurantee.
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