Magallanes Region of Chile
The XII Region of Magallanes y la Antártica Chilena
is the southernmost, largest and least populated part of Chilean territory.
The capital and main city is Punta Arenas. It is divided in 4 provincias:
- Magallanes - cap. Punta Arenas (Magellan)
- Última Esperanza - cap. Puerto Natales (Last Hope)
- Tierra del Fuego - cap. Porvenir (Fire Island)
- Antártica Chilena - cap. Puerto Williams (Chilean Antarctic).
This region has many globally known places and geographical accidents like Torres del Paine, Cape Horn
, Tierra del Fuego
island, and the Strait of Magellan
. Also it includes the Antarctic territory claimed by Chile
The low population and vastness makes this region a good place for many native animal and plant species. There are relative easy to find penguins, ñandus, guanacos, condors, and other animals in their natural environment.
Main economic activities are bovine farming, oil extraction and tourism.