The Nao, An Icon in Punta Arenas
Just 7.5 kilometers away from Punta Arenas (at an area known as Tres Puentes Wetland) there lies Nao Victoria. On the shores of the Strait of Magellan -Route Y-565- this life-size replica responds to the original plans of the vessel commanded by Ferdinand Magellan.
Nao Victoria is an interactive and dynamic museum that rescues the discovery of the Strait of Magellan and enables visitors to be part of this perfect drill of a sixteenth-century sailing experience.
Equipped like the original, the operations room remains just like the captain left it and, in addition to furniture and navigation elements, life-size figures of the various characters may be appreciated doing their daily tasks inside the ship. They are dressed with the typical costumes and hold personal items.
An unquestionable icon of this southern Chilean city, this museum is a must visit during any stay at Punta Arenas. The unmistakable figure of Nao Victoria, an exact replica of a sixteenth-century ship, features more than 25 meters of length, 7 meters of width, 3 decks, 3 masts, 5 sails and about 28 meters in height. It certainly draws the attention of visitors to this destination.
A perfect tourist attraction that invites visitors on a journey back in time and to feel part of the adventure of discovering a new world where the seas are braves and unveil this still strange site called Patagonia.
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Nao Victoria features three decks, bilge, hold, main deck, front and after castle, poop deck, captain's cabin and living areas, including kitchen, hold, crew area and servants' quarters. Its facilities make this place adaptable to a wide range of events for 100 guests, including shows, cocktails, concerts, professional meetings, exhibitions and so on.