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Plaza Muñoz Gamero

The historical heart of Punta Arenas is home to colonial-style mansions, an artisan market and a statue of a famous explorer.

Visit Plaza Muñoz Gamero to browse museums, shop for handicrafts and see some of Punta Arenas’ finest works of architecture. This square marks the city’s historical heart and symbolizes the heritage of the hardworking people of Chile’s Magallanes province. It owes its attractiveness to the wealthy entrepreneurs who erected the imposing residences and business premises. Plaza Muñoz Gamero takes its name from the former city governor Benjamin Muñoz Gamero.

With diagonal paths shaded by birch and cypress trees, the square is a great place to enjoy people-watching. Observe tourists taking photos, kids climbing trees and local workers relaxing on their lunch breaks. Find market stalls that sell clothing, hats and scarfs knitted from alpaca and llama wool. 

Notice the Memorial of Ferdinand Magellan, which stands in the heart of the square. It commemorates the 400th anniversary of Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan’s discovery of the Strait of Magellan. On the square’s south side is an impressive iron kiosk, installed during Chile’s 1910 centennial celebrations.

Lining the streets around the square are magnificent examples of colonial architecture. Facing the north side is Palacio Sara Braun, a lavish mansion built by the wife of a wealthy sheep-farming businessman. Adjacent to this is the French-influenced Casa Braun-Menéndez. Admire antique art, ceramics, portraits and period furniture as you walk through the many rooms.

On the west side of the plaza, look for the elegant Cathedral of Punta Arenas. Step inside to find religious artwork, icons and stained-glass windows. 

Just a short walk from the square is the Museo Regional de Magallanes (Magallanes Regional Museum). Here, art, archaeology, ethnography and photography collections explain the history of the Magallanes province. Don’t miss the exhibit explaining how sheep and cattle farming influenced the city’s growth. 

As the historical center of Punta Arenas, Plaza Muñoz Gamero is easy to reach by foot and taxi from all areas of the city. Take a shared taxi, which stops close to the square or use the available parking if arriving by car. 


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Lodging Near Plaza Munoz Gamero

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Hotel Rey Don Felipe $76
Hotel Rey Don Felipe

Hotel Rey Don Felipe

Armando Sanhueza 965, Punta Arenas
     
    4.2
    of 5, from 259 reviews
    4.0 out of 5.0

    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.

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

    Diego De Almagro Punta Arenas

    Avenida Colón 1290, Punta Arenas
       
      4.0
      of 5, from 151 reviews
      3.0 out of 5.0

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

      Best Western Hotel Finis Terrae $82
      Best Western Hotel Finis Terrae

      Best Western Hotel Finis Terrae

      Avenida Colon 766, Punta Arenas
         
        4.1
        of 5, from 179 reviews
        3.5 out of 5.0

        Located in the heart of Punta Arenas, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Museo Regional Magallanes and Plaza Munoz Gamero. Palacio Sara Braun and Centro Cultural Braun Menendez are also within 10 minutes.

        Cabañas Shenu Patagonia $100
        Cabañas Shenu Patagonia

        Cabañas Shenu Patagonia

        Quillota 658, Punta Arenas
           
          4.8
          of 5, from 34 reviews
          3.0 out of 5.0

          Situated by the sea, this cabin is within a 15-minute walk of Museo Naval y Maritimo, Santuario Maria Auxiliadora, and Museo Regional Magallanes. Plaza Munoz Gamero and Centro Cultural Braun Menendez are also within 15 minutes.

          Hotel Cabo De Hornos $100
          Hotel Cabo De Hornos

          Hotel Cabo De Hornos

          Plaza Muñoz Gamero 1025, Punta Arenas
             
            4.1
            of 5, from 89 reviews
            3.5 out of 5.0

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

            Hotel Albatros $90
            Hotel Albatros

            Hotel Albatros

            Armando Sanhueza 1248, Punta Arenas
               
              4.4
              of 5, from 7 reviews
              3.0 out of 5.0

              Situated in Punta Arenas, this bed & breakfast is close to Cathedral of Punta Arenas, Plaza Munoz Gamero, and Palacio Sara Braun. Also nearby are Centro Cultural Braun Menendez and Museo Regional Magallanes.

              Hotel Boutique La Yegua Loca $137
              Hotel Boutique La Yegua Loca

              Hotel Boutique La Yegua Loca

              Fagnano 310, Punta Arenas
                 
                4.5
                of 5, from 18 reviews
                3.5 out of 5.0

                Situated in Punta Arenas, this boutique hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Plaza Munoz Gamero, Palacio Sara Braun, and Centro Cultural Braun Menendez. Museo Regional Magallanes and Museo Naval y Maritimo are also within 15 minutes.

                Hotel Tierra del Fuego $116
                Hotel Tierra del Fuego

                Hotel Tierra del Fuego

                Avenida Colón 716, Punta Arenas
                   
                  3.7
                  of 5, from 23 reviews
                  3.5 out of 5.0

                  Located in the heart of Punta Arenas, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Palacio Sara Braun, Centro Cultural Braun Menendez, and Plaza Munoz Gamero. Museo Regional Magallanes and Santuario Maria Auxiliadora are also within 10 minutes.