We went around the main sights in town in order to learn about its past and its present.
With the blue sea percolating in each picture of the city, we began to walk across the urban center to visit the most representative buildings and spots.
The must-start was the main square known as Muńóz Gamero and sheltering the monument to Hernando de Magallanes, which faithfully expresses the colonizing conception. The sculpture of the conqueror rises above the image of a sélknam (ona) which, according to the local legend, visitors must kiss on its foot in order to return to Punta Arenas.
The residences of the most prestigious families in town were built around this main block. These families fostered the economic development and made fortune from sea trade and sheep-cattle exploitation. The sumptuous palaces that belonged to the Braun Menéndez family, Montes, Stubenrauch family and the Blanchard House were built in 1892 and they still show an impressive architectural design.
See more points of interest in Punta Arenas
Level of Difficulty: low.
Duration: half day.
Recommendations: take your time to visit all the city museums; there is a great heritage collection that reflects the origins of the Magallanes region.
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Past of Glory
One of the most sumptuous residencies owned by the pioneer Braun Menéndez family today houses the Magallanes Regional Museum.