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On the Road Patagonia - Private Day Tours

Punta Arenas, Chile
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About On the Road Patagonia - Private Day Tours
On the Road Patagonia is the Chilean Patagonia's adventure tourism operator for Punta Arenas, Tierra del Fuego, Torres del Paine, and Puerto Natales. Our trips are private and all-inclusive, and can be personalized to meet your traveling preferences. On The Road Patagonia is guided by experienced, knowledgeable and enthusiastic professionals who are fluent in English and Spanish.
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On the Road Patagonia - Private Day Tours
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Jessica J wrote a review Apr 2016
Destin, Florida28 contributions25 helpful votes
I booked a City Tour of Punta Arenas with On the Road Patagonia. I was unsure of what to do in Punta Arenas for only 7 hrs, so we decided to tour the city. Our driver picked us up at the cruise terminal. Patricio (Patrick) was our guide. Punta Arenas has a LOT of monuments! Most of our tour consisted of monuments, with a stop at the Maggiorino Borgatello Salesian Museum. The museum was very dated (was founded in 1880's), but had an interesting array of "stuff" (religious, taxidermy). We also went to the fish market, cemetery (worth a stop), and market in the square (also worth a stop). Patrick was very nice, but unfortunately not as knowledgeable as I had hoped. Simple questions he did not know the answer to. I actually learned more from my Frommer's book about Punta Arenas than from Patrick. However, Patrick was very helpful in setting up our lunch reservation and translating for us. If I were to do this again, I would skip the city tour and instead go to Isla Magdalena and see the Penguins or go hike in Tierra del Fuego (both tours are offered by On the Road Patagonia). On the Road Patagonia was an excellent tour company to work with via email; Victor was very helpful and responded quickly to my many emails. I would book again with this company, I just do not recommend the city tour.
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Date of experience: March 2016
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Mari Anne H wrote a review Apr 2016
Surrey, Canada345 contributions155 helpful votes
I opened this trip up to others but only got one other couple who joined us. However at the end of the day it was okay. We went up to the meeting place early to get on a tender. THe tenders started early and we were the very first off the ship. Very cool. Patricio was waiting for us and we were soon on our way. Patricio was a very good guide with lots of interesting information. The Driver was great and we enjoyed our full sized van with room to spare. The drive south to Fort Bulnes was awesome. We drove along the coast enjoying a spotting of dolphins, penguins that would be migrating, and the interesting farms and summer shacks that pop up along the road. We are the first to Fort Bulnes in the Park of the Strait of Magellan. We had the whole museum to ourselves followed by the whole fort. We only saw bus, taxi and van loads arrive as we left. The visitor center is brand new and hosts an interpretative display focusing on the natural and human history of the Strait of Magellan. There is a great view of Port famine from the terrace. The Fort is a reconstruction of the original fort build by a young Chilean Republic when it claimed possession of the strait in 1843. The first explains the origins of the City of punta Arenas. The wind is sharp, but no rain and lots of sunshine. The winters here are cold, the high temps in the summer are around 20. Brrrrrrr. WE did the coastal walk which took us down to the seaside. There were some bushes growing a fruit looking much like a blueberry, rather tart and big seeds. The stems are rounded instead of square. There is another tree that has already shed it's fruit. This fruit tastes much like a peach called C........... (I forget) On our return we met up with Carmen and Rich at the Del Estrecho Viewpoint which gave great views of the north and the south of the strait. On the return trip we spy more Dolphins and a whale. We stop at the Middle of Chile roundabout where there is a monument showing that we are at the exact half way mark for north and south. Antarctica is taken into consideration. There is also a Madonna who is there to protect the people. She stands high above us in the cold wind. We have a ramble in the town and grab one geocache before heading to the ship. This has been a good tour and we are satisfied with the day.
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Date of experience: March 2016
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Gbrawley22010 wrote a review Feb 2016
Sun City West, Arizona28 contributions8 helpful votes
We were on the Infinity and signed up for the gastronomic food tour but were very disappointed with the lack of knowledge of the guide, Patrick. He was a very nice person but was lacking as a guide. We suggested that we wanted to go to the Nao Victoria museum to see the replica ships and that was the highlight of the tour even though it wasn't on the itinerary. The chocolate shop was disappointing too because when we tasted the caliphate tea we all wanted to buy some but they were out and none to be found anywhere in town. We went to the cemetery but were told that we would have to pay extra until we protested and after Patrick made a call, it was included in the price of the tour. We finished off at the little restaurant in the mall and had a beer and the best king crab empanada with a really light crispy dough. That really saved the trip otherwise we would have really been upset.
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Date of experience: February 2016
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Genevieve G wrote a review Feb 2016
Florida21 contributions19 helpful votes
We were a group of 4 couples who signed up for a 'Gastronomic' Tour in Punta Arenas, a port on our Celebrity Infinity South American Cruise. We were given what appeared to be a brand new guide, who told us nothing about the area and took us to only three places for tastings - a craft brewery where we tasted three beers and did NOT get any tour of the facilities, a candy shop for generous samples of chocolates with calafata berries, and a fish market where we waited half an hour for a table and one king crab empanada. The taste of three items does not make a 'Gastronomic' tour in my book. I relayed our disappointment to Micah Pepper, the owner of the tour, and she refunded 20% of our cost and told me that she had fired the guide. Of course that doesn't make up for a waste of the ONLY day we had in Punta Arenas. I would not recommend this tour.
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Date of experience: January 2016
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MEYCREAT wrote a review Feb 2016
FLORIDA45 contributions31 helpful votes
The tour was ok but not worth the money. The tour had the potential to be great but we stopped at 2 places only. The 1st place we stopped at was a candy store which was great but we all wanted to purchase Calafate Tea but they ran out. The tour was $110 per person which also included a tour of the area. I felt the guide couldn't wait to get rid of us.
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Date of experience: January 2016
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