Punta Arenas, Chile

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City of Punta Arenas
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Punta Arenas in Tierra del Fuego

Punta Arenas is the main city in the Strait of Magellan and the capital of the Regin de Magallanes y la Antrtica Chilena, Chile.

Located at Template:Coor dm on the Brunswick Peninsula, Punta Arenas is one of the southernmost cities in the world. It was founded in 1849.

The Punta Arenas harbour was considered one of the most important in Chile before the construction of the Panama Canal, because it was used by ships to prepare for the difficult passage around Cape Horn. Today it is mostly used by tourism cruises and scientific expeditions. The city is often a jumping-off point for Antarctic expenditions.

Punta Arenas is the biggest city in the Chilean Patagonian Region. In 2000, it had a population of 120,000.

Tourism

Near Punta Arenas Ski Center
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Near Punta Arenas Ski Center

Patagonia is recognised worldwide for amazing sights and wilderness. Interesting places to visit include:

The city of Punta Arenas has a rich history, reflected in places such as:

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