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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 27, 2016
Patagonia travel  (9 Answers)

My friend and I are planning a trip in January to Patagonia--unfortunately, I'm having trouble finding a guidebook that focuses on this region and does it well. The initial plan (not yet booked) is to start in Punta Arenas, but is that the best idea? I would be coming from Ushuaia (following an Antarctic cruise) and my friend would be coming from the US, so she's able to fly anywhere. If we do start in Punta Arenas, I'll probably take the bus there from Ushuaia, but maybe we should start somewhere in Argentina?

We are interested in scenery, mild hiking (i.e. not climbing), and wildlife. To be honest I'm not particularly educated about what there is to do down there, how best to organize logistics, possibilities of including both countries in a reasonable time frame, etc. Any assistance is welcome!



Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 03, 2016
bus from puonta natales  (4 Answers)

I am going to stay in .
is it good idea to take a bus to p/aranes take the farry to i.magdalena back to p.natales next day noon???
can u give me the prices for each user on my way?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 30, 2014
bus from punta arenas to el calafate  (1 Answer)

We are a group of 15 people that would like to go from Punta Arenas to El calafate .For us the best solution would be a private bus / van with a driver.Do you know any agency that could help us?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 23, 2014
airport taxis readily available at 6am?  (1 Answer)

hi. i arrive into punta arenas airport at 12 midnight. we plan to spend the night at the airport and then catch a taxi downtown. we are booked with bus sur at 7am to leave towards puerto natales. my concern is ...would there be airport taxis readily available or is there a need for me to pre arrange for one?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 17, 2014
Rent a camper or 4x4 pickup  (4 Answers)

Hi All, we are planning a trip to Chile in November.
But we found that renting a campervan or mobilehome is not as easy as expected. First of all, they are very expensive.
Does anyone have any tips on this???
Maybe its better and cheaper to hire a 4x4 rental car and just rent additional camping equipment. But where to do this?
When searching the internet I always end up on the same sites.

Thanks,

Michael


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 03, 2014
local jewellery shop, artist?  (2 Answers)

Hola,
Is there any special, nice local jeweller, jewelry shop in Punta arenas?

Please recommend me, I would like to visit and buy something.

Gracias.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 03, 2014
Dressing for the Occasion  (25 Answers)

I will be in Punta Arenas next week and plan to walk around town, go shopping, visit museums and eat at nice restaurants. The following week I'll be backpacking the Circuit of Torres del Paine; for this part of the trip I definitely know how to dress, no problem. However I always dress as the city people do wherever I go, I like to blend in and also be respectful of their culture. Many Americans tend to be noticed because they always look like tourists, I don't want to feel out of place, and because I have never been that far south and don't know anyone from that area I am not sure what to wear. Any advice?
Mary


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 04, 2014
name of camping shops in zona franca?  (1 Answer)

name of camping shops in zona franca?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 06, 2013
transportation out of the central patagonia area?  (18 Answers)

we fly into Punta Arenas from Santiago and would like to take a bus north after we visit the park and the area - how do we do this?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 14, 2013
Going around Puntas Arena islands  (1 Answer)

It seems that there so much to see in the southern part of the Puntas Arenas, mainly the waterways and the islands (or so it seems on the map). How does on get to see that part?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 13, 2013
Punta Arenas or Puerto Natales?  (5 Answers)

Hi, We have 1 extra day before we start the TDP trek. We need some advice which of these 2 places would be better to spend that extra 1 day and what activity or sightseeing tour can you recommend. We'll be there on the 2nd week of October. Thanks a lot in advance!!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 11, 2012
Cheaper tour to Magdalena Penguin reserve from cruise ship  (1 Answer)

Is there a local tour to the penguin reserves that we can get when we exit our cruise ship in Nov. 2012?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 23, 2012
Otway Sound Penguin Reserve  (1 Answer)

Is this Penguin Reserve open on Christmas Day December 25 2012


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 03, 2012
Atencion en semana santa  (1 Answer)

Hola! Alguien sabe si el shopping mall esta abierto para semana santa? (viernes en particular)
Gracias!
Saludos desde Ushuaia!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 28, 2011
Getting from Punta Arenas to Rio Gallegos?  (1 Answer)

I am hoping to be in Punta Arenas on April 4. I would like to take a 17:10 flight from Rio Gallegos back to Buenos Aires on April 5. The only bus I have been able to find between PA and RG is Pacheco Buses at 11:30 am, which would be cutting it too close. It seems insane that we should be ready to leave Punta Arenas on the night of April 4 but unable to get to Rio Gallegos in time for a 17:10 flight the next day. Do you have any recommendations for other ways to get there? Are there any other buses? Can I take connecting buses (maybe get closer to the Chilean border on the evening of 4/4 and take the bus from there the next morning?). Car rentals that can be dropped off in Argentina? (If you have prices that would be really helpful). I looked up flying from Punta Arenas but it would cost700! I'd really appreciate any help!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 27, 2011
rental company for camper in Patagonie  (1 Answer)

Hello;

i'm from Belgium and i try to organize a trip to Patagonia, starting in Punta Arenas (airport)

I would like to do this trip by camper (4x4 or normal).
Is there somebody who can tell me where i can find a rental company for campers or mobilhomes?
Is november a good moment to visit Patagonie?

Thanks,
Phille


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 21, 2011
Weather in July 2  (2 Answers)

I´m new to this forum and have not managed to add a comment to my first question, hence the new post.

I just want to thank everyone for replying so quickly and giving me exactly the information I was looking for.

I guessed the place was wet and shivery at that period and have decided to go in the opposite direction instead - to the Atacama desert!

BTW, I live in São Paulo and if any of you ever have a travel question about it or Brazil I´ll be happy to help if I can.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 20, 2011
Weather in July  (5 Answers)

I´ll be in Puntas Arenas in early-mid July and am planning to go to Puerto Natales by bus.

Can anyone tell me what kind of weather to expect? Guide books are rather vague and I don´t know whether I will find just cold temperatures around zero and the kind of dreichy miserable damp weather we have in Scotland or if it will be cold and crisp and sunny as it can be in the Alps sometimes.

Any help would be appreciated.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 08, 2011
Need transportation from Punta Arenas to Puerto Natales in evening  (1 Answer)

Does anyone know a reliable private car/driver or taxi service to take 2 people from Punta Arenas to Puerto Natales at 10pm in the evening? We arrive after the last bus (8pm, I believe) and need to be in Puerto Natales by 8am. What's the cost? Thanks.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 26, 2011
Want to see 2011 Superbowl in Punta Arenas  (7 Answers)

We are two huge Packers fans who will be in Punta Arenas during the Superbowl. Does anyone have any ideas on how we could see this game? Thanks!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 10, 2010
Buses Fernandez - Reservations Required?

I've looked at the forums and guidebooks and many suggested that we make reservations for the ride to Puerto Natales during the summer months. Our plane is going to arrive at around 11am, so we are hoping to get on the 1pm bus.

In your experience, do you think I need to make reservations for the bus a day or two in advance? My Spanish is pretty bad, so it'll be difficult calling to make a reservation a day or two in advance while I'm in Santiago. Thanks.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 24, 2010
De Punta Arenas a Ushuaia  (3 Answers)

What is the best transportation to Ushuaia??Plane or bus???

thanks

Adriana
Sao Paulo, Brasil


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 12, 2010
Luggage storage  (3 Answers)

We are coming from Puerto Natales to Punta Arenas in the morning but will be catching a late flight to Santiago. We are really hoping to tour Isla Magdalenas but have no idea what to do with our luggage. Do you know if there is a left luggage facility at the Punta Arenas Airport or in town? Would we be able to check in almost 12 hours in advance? Or if the tour company (Comapa, I think) will be able to store the bags for us?

I suppose worse case is that we could drag it with us to the Island but that is really not preferred. Thank you.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 07, 2010
Catamaran to Beagle Channel  (3 Answers)

Is it possible to book a trip on a catamaran to the Beagle Channel when my ship docks at Punta Arenas, rather than use the ship's excursion? Any other suggestions?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 04, 2009
Punta Arena on New Year's day  (4 Answers)

Hi, We are family of 3, arriving Punta Arenas on 01/01/2010 by Star Princess.
I'd like to get some information on what is like on New Year's day in Punta Arenas? Will there taxi or tour operators at the Port? Will the stores be open? Shall I prearrange a tour just in case everything is closed on that day?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 22, 2009
ushuaia to punta arenas and up the west coast of Chile  (5 Answers)

I am going on an antarctic crusies arriving back in Ushuaia on 11 December and then meeting my friend who is flying into Punta Arenas. Please could anyone tell me how I can get to Punta Arenas and whether it is more cost effective to hire a car for a week or so to visit the TDP etc or whether the buses are reliable and economical. Thanks


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 18, 2009
Braun - Mendes Mansion

I visited a few years ago and I thought there was a mural with birds by Picasso's father. I would like to verify if this is true.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 29, 2009
Punta Arenas to Ushuaia  (1 Answer)

With two companions we are wanting to travel from Punta Arenas to Ushuaia on Sunday 29th November 2009 and returning on Sunday 6th December 2009. Sunday seems to be a bad day as I can't find any bus services that operate on Sundays. Does anyone know of any bus services that operate on these days or can suggest any alternatives in addition to flying?

thanks, Miriam


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 16, 2009
Tours to Ushuaia in June  (2 Answers)

My friend and I are travelling around South America and expect to be in Santiago at the beginning of July. We would like to travel to Southern Patagonia and, if possible, Ushuaia, however, we are struggling to find any tour companies that operate at this time of year. We would be very grateful for any advice as to whether it is worth attempting the trip when tour companies in the UK are advising against it and for any suggestions regarding the best way to travel down. Would the best route be to fly to Punta Arenas? Are we likely to be able to find any accomodation on arrival or can anyone suggest somewhere we could book in advance (transport permitting!)? We understand that the weather can be very unpredicatable and we are prepared to face the freezing conditions in order to be able to see the magnificant scenery. We would be grateful for any any assistance. Many thanks in advance!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 22, 2009
Mount Fenton/Club Andino/ Magallanes Forest hike?

We are considering doing this hike for abot 2-3 hours while on shore during a cruise stop...can anyone comment on what it's like? Easy or hard, beautiful etc.?



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