Punta Arenas 1

The Chilean counterpart to Ushuaia, Punta Arenas ("Sandy Point," originally so named by an English explorer) is the larger and less exotic. It lies on the Strait of Magellan.


A small museum, began by some Catholic missionaries, displays, among other things, shrunken heads and a condor.


This charming building, the music conservatory of the Universidad de Magallanes, happend to be across the street.

Punta Arenas also has a cemetery worth visiting, and though La Rocoleta has the grander structures, the Punta Arenas cemetery has magnificent, sculpted cypress.


One of the sources of income for the city, according to our Spanish-accented guide, is "ship farming."

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© Robert Yanal 2017