Thanks to its commercial, cultural and social development, Punta Arenas has succeeded in making itself known throughout the country, and as it counts with a tax free zone, allowing visitors of the city to purchase imported products with lower taxes, making Punta Arenas an ideal place to go shopping, finding some excellent opportunities.
Getting into Punta Arenas from Santiago it’s possible by air, flying with Lan and Sky Airlines, from Argentina by land, crossing the international path of Monte Aymond and San Sebastian, and from Puerto Montt and Puerto Williams by sea, taking a ferry.
The city can be visited all year round. During wintertime the ski season is open at the Club Andino ski center, and during spring and summer, the visits to the penguin colonies of Magellanic penguin in Isla Magdalena and Otway Sound are available, also all year round is possible to visit the small colony of beautiful King Penguin, find at Tierra del Fuego. Apart from this, inside the tax free commercial center there´s an indoor ice skating rink, open all year round, as well as the rich Patagonian cuisine waiting to be enjoyed, (traditional Patagonian lamb barbecues, king crab, in between other traditional dishes). Even for those who want to visit the Torres del Paine National Park, staying one or two nights is highly recommended in order to explore the charms of the city.