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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.

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

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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.

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

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© Robert Yanal 2016