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Punta Arenas (Chile)

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Introduction

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Punta Arenas, the capital of the Magallanes y la Antártica Chilena Region, has a population of 120,000.

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Weather

Punta Arenas has a cool moderate climate with relatively little variations regarding temperature during the year. January is the warmest month with average daytime temperatures around 14 °C, while July is the coldest with temperatures just above zero during the day and just below zero at night. Precipitation is evenly distributed throughout the year, with March to May being somewhat wetter. In general though, the annual amount is low, under 500mm. Winds are a bigger annoyance, and a day without wind is very uncommon.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Avg Max14.7 °C14.4 °C12.8 °C9.8 °C6.4 °C4.2 °C3.7 °C5.3 °C7.9 °C10.6 °C12.5 °C14.1 °C
Avg Min6.5 °C6.2 °C5 °C3.2 °C1 °C-0.7 °C-1.1 °C-0.1 °C1 °C2.6 °C4.4 °C5.7 °C
Rainfall38.9 mm27.8 mm29.6 mm36 mm41.6 mm28.2 mm30.2 mm30.2 mm24.2 mm28.7 mm31.7 mm28.6 mm
Rain Days1514151414912111091114

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Getting There

By Plane

Presidente Carlos Ibáñez del Campo International Airport (PUQ) offers some connections. LAN flies to/from Santiago, Puerto Montt, Ushuaia, Calafate, Rio Gallegos, Porvenir and Stanley, Falkland Islands. Aerovias DAP serves a couple of the same cities, and Puerto Williams and Antarctica as well. PLUNA serves Montevideo.

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Sleep

Budget

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Amanecer AustralBoliviana #533guesthouse-
Blue House IBalmaceda 545Hostel76
Hostal BustamanteJorge Montt 847guesthouse83
Chiloe 1263Balmaceda 545Guesthouse-
Downtown HostelArmando Sanhueza # 555Hostel84
Hospedaje CostaneraRomulo Correa 1221Hostel82
Hospedaje MagallanesMagallanes 570Hostel87
Hostal al Fin del MundoO' Higgins 1026Guesthouse74
Hostal El Mirador 2Balmaceda 648 Presidente Manuel Balmaceda 648Guesthouse-
Hostal Maipu StreetMaipu 1270Guesthouse83
Hostel KeokenMagallanes 209, Punta Arenas ChileGuesthouse86
Hostal AinilLautaro Navarro 230Hostel83
Hostal La EstanciaO?Higgins 765Guesthouse90
Hostal BettyCaupolican 578Guesthouse-
Imago MundiMejicana 252hostel-
Residencial Tres HermanosAngamos 1218Hotel83
Patagonia B&BAv Espana 1048HOTEL82
Patagonia Home Sweet HomeJose Miguel Carrera Street 401Apartment-
Hostal B&BOhiggins 693GUESTHOUSE-
Hostal KloketenZenten 626GUESTHOUSE-
Cabanas AriskaikenMaipu 1060APARTMENT-
Hostal TerrasurO'Higgins No. 723 Punta ArenasGUESTHOUSE-
Hostal Tatys HouseMaipu, 1070GUESTHOUSE-
Karol Hostal B&BGeneral del canto nº 75GUESTHOUSE-
Hostal Patagonia-Punta ArenasMagallanes 926 Magallanes 922GUESTHOUSE-
Cabañas Shenu PatagoniaQuillota Nª 658, Punta ArenasAPARTMENT-

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Keep Connected

Internet

There are cybercafes in every major and midsize city and at all tourist destinations. Some libraries are in a program called Biblioredes, with free computers and Internet. Wifi is getting more and more common. They're usually in metro stations, airports, malls, cafes, public buildings and several public spaces. Check for the ones that say gratis - for free. McDonald's and Starbucks are chains which almost always have free wifi.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

The country calling code to Chile is: 56. To make an international call from Chile, the code is: 00. Emergency phone numbers include 131 (Ambulance), 132 (Fire) and 133 (Police).

Public phones located on streets are very likely to be tampered or vandalized, so it's better to use a phone located inside a commerce or a station. Prepaid cards for mobile phones and public phones are sold at most newspaper kiosks, supermarkets, gas stations, pharmacies and phone dealers. Mobile GSM networks are ubiquitous in all major cities and most of the territory of central and southern Chile. A basic prepaid cellular phone usually costs about 15,000 pesos, most frequently charged with 10,000 pesos worth of prepaid minutes. No ID is required to buy a prepaid phone. GSM SIM cards from ENTEL, Movistar or Claro are usually available for 5,000 pesos, but without credit, so you'll need to buy some prepaid minutes to be able to call. Money can be charged into a cellphone from some pharmacies (Ahumada, Cruz Verde and Salco Brand) on the counter and in cash, or by using a credit card through an automated service operator, with directions in Spanish or English.

Post

Correos de Chile is the national postal service, and although relatively slow it is reliable with post offices throughout the country. On the website you can find more information about prices to send letters, postcards and parcels, both domestically as well as internationally. Post offices are generally open Monday to Friday from 9:00am to 6:00pm and Saturday until 2:00pm, although there are sometimes longer opening hours in the bigger central post offices and shorter ones in small places. Ask around. If you want to send packages internationally, you might consider companies like DHL, TNT or UPS, which are fast, reliable and usually competitively priced as well.

Quick Facts

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: -53.147949
  • Longitude: -70.930321

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