Destination guide: Punta Arenas, Chile
Located on the southern tip of South America, Punta Arenas Chile offers adventurers and businessmen a hub of activity within the surrounding Tierra del Fuego. Fly to Punta Arenas to begin an arctic cruise or boat tour, and you'll have a rare opportunity to see one of the most amazing places on Earth.
Punta Arenas receives an increasing number of visitors want to see the hatcheries for Magellanic penguins that are native to the area and explore the historical elements of the town.
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A sprawling metropolis on the edge of the Strait of Magellan, Punta Arenas defies easy definition. It’s a strange combination of the ruddy and the grand, witnessed in the elaborate wool-boom mansions and port renovations contrasted with windblown streams of litter and urban sprawl. Set at the bottom of the Americas, it is downright stingy with good weather – the sun shines through sidelong rain.
Magellanic hospitality still pervades local culture, undeterred (or perhaps nurtured by) nature’s inhospitality. The city is remarkably relaxed and friendly. Recent prosperity, fed by a petrochemical industry boom and growing population, has sanded down the city’s former roughneck reputation.Easy connections to Tierra del Fuego and Torres del Paine and Argentina, and good traveler’s services make Punta Arenas a convenient base for traveling. A growing volume of cruise-ship passengers and trekkers have effectively replaced yesteryear’s explorers, sealers and sailors.
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