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Monumento al Ovejero

Admire one of Punta Arenas’ many historic monuments, a memorial dedicated to the ranching wealth and rural traditions of Chile’s Magallanes region.

Look for the Monumento al Ovejero (Sheepdog Monument), an important monument and artistic feature of Punta Arenas. It depicts a rural worker engaged in the harsh activities that contributed to the wealthy livestock industry of southern Chile. Designed by Chilean sculptor Gérman Montero Carvallo, the monument was inaugurated during the 1944 centennial celebrations of Chile’s occupation of the Strait of Magellan. 

Walk up to the monument to observe it closely. It stretches for about 100 feet (30 meters) and includes 12 life-size sculptures. At the rear of the monument is a shepherd with a horse and his faithful sheepdog. Walking in front of them is a herd of nine sheep. Note the intricate detail of the shepherd’s coat and hat, which appear to be blowing in the wind. 

Interestingly, the monument is part of an artistic performance together with the poem El Ovejero de mi Tierra. Written by local poet José Grimaldi, the poem describes the shepherd as a symbol of national pride. Read the poem in Spanish or find a local resident who can briefly paraphrase it in English.

If you are visiting Punta Arenas during winter, be sure to see the monument with a covering of snow, resembling conditions the shepherds faced in winter. In summer, you’ll often see people going on picnics and sitting in the sun on the surrounding green lawns. 

Find the monument on Avenida Bulnes, about a 10-minute drive or 25-minute walk from Plaza Muñoz Gamero in Punta Arenas’ city center. Shared taxis stop close to the monument. Free parking is available on the side streets that lead from Avenida Bulnes. 

Combine your visit to the Monumento al Ovejero with a walk to nearby Punta Arenas Cemetery. Spot the somber graves of immigrants and extravagant mausoleums of famous city residents such as Patagonia pioneer and Russian immigrant Sara Braun. A map inside the main entrance details the cemetery’s most noteworthy landmarks.


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Hotel Rey Don Felipe

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    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in the heart of Punta Arenas, this romantic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Palacio Sara Braun, Plaza Munoz Gamero, and Museo Regional Magallanes. Museo Naval y Maritimo and Port of Punta Arenas are also within 15 minutes.

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    Plaza Muñoz Gamero 1025, Punta Arenas, Magallanes
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in the heart of Punta Arenas, this hotel is steps from Museo Regional Magallanes, Plaza Munoz Gamero, and Centro Cultural Braun Menendez. Palacio Sara Braun and Cathedral of Punta Arenas are also within 5 minutes.

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      Dreams del Estrecho

      Dreams del Estrecho

      O Higgins 1235, Punta Arenas, Magallanes
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in the heart of Punta Arenas, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Museo Naval y Maritimo, Port of Punta Arenas, and Plaza Munoz Gamero. Museo Regional Magallanes and Cathedral of Punta Arenas are also within 10 minutes.

        Hostal Residencial Bulnes
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        Hostal Residencial Bulnes

        Avenida Bulnes 0440, Punta Arenas
           
          2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Punta Arenas, this hostal is within a 15-minute walk of Monumento al Ovejero and Santuario Maria Auxiliadora. Palacio Sara Braun and Centro Cultural Braun Menendez are also within 1 mi (2 km).

          Hospedaje Familiar $31
          Hospedaje Familiar

          Hospedaje Familiar

          Avenida España 0627, Punta Arenas
             
            2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Punta Arenas, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Monumento al Ovejero and Santuario Maria Auxiliadora. University of Magallanes and Zona Franca Shopping Area are also within 2 mi (3 km).

            Hotel Carpa Manzano $115
            Hotel Carpa Manzano

            Hotel Carpa Manzano

            Lautaro Navarro 336, Punta Arenas, Magallanes
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Punta Arenas, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Santuario Maria Auxiliadora, Museo Naval y Maritimo, and Museo Regional Magallanes. Monumento al Ovejero and Centro Cultural Braun Menendez are also within 15 minutes.

              Hostal SK $54
              Hostal SK

              Hostal SK

              PASAJE DARWIN 175, Punta Arenas, XII region Magallanes
                 
                2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Punta Arenas, this hostal is within 1 mi (2 km) of Monumento al Ovejero, Palacio Sara Braun, and Centro Cultural Braun Menendez. Plaza Munoz Gamero and Museo Regional Magallanes are also within 1 mi (2 km).

                Diego De Almagro Punta Arenas $90
                Diego De Almagro Punta Arenas

                Diego De Almagro Punta Arenas

                Avenida Colón 1290, Punta Arenas, Magallanes
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Punta Arenas, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Museo Naval y Maritimo, Museo Regional Magallanes, and Centro Cultural Braun Menendez. Plaza Munoz Gamero and Palacio Sara Braun are also within 15 minutes.