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Punta Arenas, Chile

Punta Arenas is the main city in the Strait of Magellan and the capital of the Región de Magallanes y la Antártica Chilena, Chile. It is often considered the southernmost city in the world, although there are towns further south on Tierra del Fuego as well as semi-permanent residents in Antarctica.

Punta Arenas is located at 53° 10' S 70° 56' W.

The Punta Arenas was considered one of the most important Chilean harbours 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.

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Patagonia is recognised world wide for amazing sites 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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