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Edge of the World

This is looking from the hill into downtown Punta Arena and across the Straits of Magellan to Porvenir and Tierra del Fuego. The city is about 105,000 or so and is the Capital of the Chiles Magallanes Region which includes Tierra del Fuego and the part of the Antarctica claimed by Chile.

Things to see

The Photo is a monument to the Croat settlers.

The Plaza de Armas in the center of the city has a monument to Ferdinand Magellan. If you look at the toes of one of the indians is polished and shiny whhite. As the legend goes any one who touches these toes will return to Punta Arenas someday. So I will have to go back and do a better VT page.

Mix of People

The people of this part of Chile are very interesting many moved here from the Southern and Baltic area of Europe lots of Croatians, Serbians, Scots, Welsh, Italians, and Germans but the main group seemed to be Croats.

Unemployment rate and the birth rate are high and young people, who are very well educated here, have to migrate somewhere else in Chile. The deep south of Chile and Tierra del Fuego for example, has lost about 23% of its population. There is much to draw the right kind of tourists to this beautiful region of Chile but top of the list are the people.

  • Last visit to Punta Arenas: Feb 2000
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Jan 7, 2011 at 11:39 PM

    Hi, Paul! You have explored a lot of faraway beautiful lands... Thanks for sharing!

  • craic's Profile Photo
    Jul 14, 2007 at 9:30 PM

    i am amazed at the croatian connection

  • VeronicaG's Profile Photo
    Dec 18, 2006 at 4:48 PM

    We've traveled in Chile, but have never visited this part of the country...thanks for the tips. Happy Holidays! Regards from Texas...

  • RickinDutch's Profile Photo
    Oct 13, 2006 at 2:32 PM

    Had two Polish fishermen jump ship and live with us in Anchorage while their asylum case was pending. Always spoke fondly of Punta Arenas. Thanks for sharing!

  • nickandchris's Profile Photo
    Sep 23, 2006 at 1:50 AM

    It's so interesting to read about places I'll probably never get to. I'd love to see penguins . Oh, and that lamb.............ummmmm.

  • elpariente's Profile Photo
    Jul 22, 2006 at 1:38 AM

    I will try to visit Punta Arenas Very nice and interesting pages

  • tini58de's Profile Photo
    Mar 26, 2006 at 4:53 AM

    Paul, great to see you online again!Ihope all is well!

  • kyoub's Profile Photo
    Nov 28, 2004 at 4:22 PM

    Very interesting page. I hope I don't need to go to their clinic but it is nice to know that the do have one.

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Oct 23, 2003 at 6:49 PM

    Another very interesting page on one of the world's 'Off the Beaten Path destinations'! It certainly is an interesting mix of immigrants that this area of the world can boast!

  • mtncorg's Profile Photo
    Oct 20, 2003 at 12:28 PM

    A very interesting mix of tips, from Jackass penguins to CroatoChilean policemen to ambulances. Should expect as much from the end of the World:-)


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