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Punta Arenas

Punta Arenas commands panoramic views over the Magellan Straits

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  • Punta Arenas in detail
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Punta Arenas in detail

Strategically positioned almost midway between the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean, on the Brunswick Peninsula at the southern end of mainland Chile and the Chilean Fjords, Punta Arenas commands panoramic views over the Magellan Straits. Located on the western side of the Strait, Punta Arenas is the capital of the Magallanes region and the bustling center of one of the world's largest sheep farming areas. As the best and largest port for thousands of miles, it provides a base for South Atlantic fishing boats and Antarctic research vessels. 


The city centre features the impressive mansions of the sheep barons of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the Palacio Sara Braun and several good museums. Nearby is Fuerte Bulnes is a replica of a wooden fort from 1843 and the Monumento Natural Los Pinguinos on Isla Magdalena where you will find a colony of 60,000 Magellanic penguins.Founded in 1848, Punta Arenas was originally a military garrison and penal settlement. It provided a convenient location for shipping en route to California during the Gold Rush. In the early years, the economy depended on wild animal products but the successful introduction of purebred sheep from the Falkland Islands changed the economy and by the turn of the century, there were nearly two million animals in the territory.

  • Time Zone GMT -4
  • Currency Chilean Peso (CL$)
  • Language Spanish
  • Population 125,000

Punta Arenas Weather

  • Temperature
  • Rainfall

temperature degrees centigrade

Jan
19.5
Feb
19.5
Mar
17.5
Apr
13.5
May
10.5
Jun
8.5
Jul
8
Aug
9.5
Sep
10.5
Oct
14
Nov
16
Dec
18.5

rainfall in mm

Jan
3
Feb
3
Mar
5
Apr
13
May
64
Jun
84
Jul
76
Aug
56
Sep
31
Oct
15
Nov
8
Dec
5