Punta Arenas & Surroundings
This is the door to Patagonia. Population: 110.000.
Faces to Magellan Strait. It takes a 3 hour bus to Puerto Natales (254km NW)
then a 2 hour bus to Torres del Paine National Park (120km NW) while enjoing
the romantic view of "los cuernos" among guanacos and rheas. Keep
your camera at hand to start building your memories.
Here we include a vast area around this city... Otway & Skyring Sound to
the north- west, Pali Aike Park to the north, Magellan Strait and the west side
of Tierra del Fuego and Cruz de Froward to the South. All you need to know.
See Magellan Zone map.
History & Activity
Punta Arenas is the capital of Magallanes province which comprehends
from Cordillera del Paine on the north to Cape Horn on the south. Originally
named "Sandy Point" by John Byron in 17th century. Founded in 1848,
Punta Arenas became the urban, commercial, cultural and social center that spread
all over Magallanes. Punta Arenas is the farthest south continental city in
the world, and an important port for bioceanic traffic.
Location & Geography
The cordillera de los Andes offers a scenery divided by big creeks crossed by
channels that form interior seas, like gulfs Almirante Montt and Isla Riesco.
From Torres del Paine, the Andes turn their north south direction to end in
the Beagle Channel with an east-west direction.
Magellan Strait is 560 long and keeps a high relevance in navigation and maritime
communications. Tourism cruises, fishing fleets, scientific investigators, merchandise
transportation sail through these southern waters around the year. It is also
the main door to the Antarctic continent.
Among its main attractions there are museums, the monument to the shepherd,
the cemetery; regional history and resources centers; the town theatre; the
main square, magnificent buildings, free duty, the Strait of Magellan, Cerro
de la Cruz, penguin colonies, Forest Reservations, Fuerte Bulnes, trekking circuits
in native woods areas, variety of birds, rural tourism, lighthouses and more.
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