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Magallanes & Chilean Antarctica

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About Chile

Few countries in the world offer such a variety of destinations where tourists can immerse themselves in great travel experiences. From sprawling national parks that allow for an authentic connection to nature and culture, to the urban streets of Santiago – the capital – which has earned a reputation as a clean, orderly, safe and modern city.

The country is divided into five areas, markedly different in terms of geography and climate. The north, influenced by the presence of the Atacama Desert; Santiago, Valparaíso, and the Central Valleys, defined by their Mediterranean climate; moving south, we encounter an area of lakes and volcanoes; and in the far south, we find Patagonia and the Antarctic Territory. This is, of course, without including the islands – Rapa Nui and Robinson Crusoe Island.

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Magallanes and the Chilean Antarctica

The Magallanes region and the Chilean Antarctic Territory are situated at the southern tip of South America, representing the most remote and southernmost areas of the continent and Chile, respectively. It is home to diverse ecosystems, from the dense forests and wonders of Tierra del Fuego to the striking beauty of the Patagonian steppes and the surreal landscapes of the Antarctic Peninsula.

Beyond its natural charm, the region is abundant in rich cultural heritage. The history of indigenous peoples, such as the Yaghan and Selk’nam, along with tales of European explorers, adds depth to the visitor experience, offering insights into human resilience and the impact of humans on isolated environments. This region is a great example of how delicate ecosystems can coexist with mindful human activity.

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Conference Venue Information

HOTEL DREAMS DEL ESTRECHO - Conference Venue

Hotel Dreams del Estrecho, overlooking the Strait of Magellan, and a spa. Close to Punta Arenas' dining hub, guests can kayak with dolphins, visit Los Pingüinos, or explore museums and farms nearby.

Venue: Hotel Dreams del Estrecho

Address : Libertador Bernardo O'Higgins 1235, Punta Arenas, Región de Magallanes y de la Antártica Chilena, Chile

Getting to Punta Arenas

By Air

To reach Punta Arenas by flight, you typically begin by flying to Santiago, Chile’s main international gateway, at Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport (SCL). From Santiago, book a connecting domestic flight to Punta Arenas, arriving at Presidente Carlos Ibáñez del Campo International Airport (PUQ). Airlines such as LATAM and Sky Airlines offer regular flights between these two cities. Direct flights may also be available from some neighbouring South American countries.

 

By Car

Travelling to Punta Arenas by car is an adventurous and scenic option that requires some planning. If starting from Santiago or elsewhere in Chile, drive south along the Pan-American Highway to Puerto Montt. From there, continue south through the Carretera Austral or cross into Argentina to follow the Ruta 40, an iconic highway that leads to the southern region of Patagonia. After re-entering Chile, the route heads further south to Punta Arenas via the town of Puerto Natales. The journey covers thousands of kilometres and often involves ferries, particularly when crossing bodies of water between Chilean fjords or reaching Tierra del Fuego. Make sure to prepare for border crossings, unpaved roads, and fluctuating weather conditions.

 

 

By Bus

To reach Punta Arenas by bus, start your journey from Santiago or another major Chilean city like Puerto Montt. From Santiago, you can take a long-distance bus south to Puerto Montt or Puerto Natales, which are closer to Punta Arenas. From Puerto Montt, buses continue to Punta Arenas via a ferry crossing or travel through Argentina. Alternatively, from Puerto Natales, you can take a bus directly to Punta Arenas. The trip is long and can involve multiple transfers, so it’s important to plan your route carefully and check the schedules of bus companies operating these routes.

 

By Sea

Travelling to Punta Arenas by sea provides a unique and scenic journey. One option is to take a ferry from Puerto Montt, a coastal city in southern Chile, to Punta Arenas. This route is served by Navimag, which offers ferry cruises through the breathtaking fjords and channels of Patagonia. The trip takes around four days and provides stunning views of glaciers, forests, and wildlife, making it both a mode of transport and a memorable travel experience. These options require careful planning due to their limited schedules and availability.

 

Travel Information

Visa for Foreign Visitors

Conference delegates travelling to Chile should first check if their nationality requires a visa, as many countries, including the U.S., EU members, and Canada, are exempt from tourist visa requirements for stays up to 90 days. If a visa is needed, typically a Tourist Visa or Short Duration Visa applies, and delegates must submit an application through a Chilean consulate. The visa process can take several weeks, so it’s best to apply early and consult the Chilean consulate’s website for the most accurate and current information.

Accommodation

The following map shows the location of the conference venues and recommended accommodations. Below is a list of affordable hotels, including discounts available to our delegates.

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Practical Information

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Language

The primary language spoken in Punta Arenas is Spanish. While many locals understand basic English, especially in tourist areas, learning a few key Spanish phrases can enhance your experience and ease communication. Hotel and tour staff are generally equipped to assist non-Spanish speakers. Delegates are encouraged to bring a phrasebook or language app to help with daily interactions, making it easier to navigate restaurants, transportation, and local attractions.

Currency

The official currency in Punta Arenas is the Chilean Peso (CLP). ATMs are widely available, and most businesses accept credit and debit cards, though some smaller vendors may prefer cash. It’s a good idea to carry some pesos for taxis, tips, or small purchases. Currency exchange offices are available in the city, but exchanging money before arrival or using ATMs will typically offer better rates.

Public Transportation

Public transportation in Punta Arenas includes buses and taxis, providing affordable options for exploring the city and nearby attractions. Taxis are readily available and often charge fixed rates for common routes. For more extensive travel to places like Puerto Natales or Torres del Paine, intercity buses operate regularly. If you plan to explore remote areas, renting a car provides flexibility and allows you to navigate the region’s scenic landscapes at your own pace.

Weather

In October, Punta Arenas experiences spring-like weather as temperatures start to rise. Average daytime temperatures range between 7°C and 12°C, while nights can still be chilly, often dropping to around 3°C or lower. Winds remain relatively strong, characteristic of the region, and rain showers are possible, so visitors should pack layers, including a warm jacket and windproof gear. The weather can be unpredictable, making layered clothing essential for comfort while exploring.

Travel Tips

To ensure a smooth visit to Punta Arenas, plan your trips to popular attractions like Torres del Paine and Tierra del Fuego in advance, as tours can be booked up quickly. Pack for unpredictable weather and bring windproof clothing. English is not widely spoken, so basic Spanish phrases are helpful. Stay aware of local safety guidelines, particularly near natural sites, and be prepared with local currency for small expenses.

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