Punta Arenas


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Punta Arenas, Chile

From the original name "Sandy Point," this southernmost capital city in Chile had its humble beginnings as sparse penal colony near the Straits of Magellan. Today, Punta Arenas is regarded as a geopolitical point of interest given its strategic location as a gateway to the Antarctic Peninsula.


  • Port Name & Location
    Port of Punta Arenas
    Ship may DOCK or ANCHOR OFF SHORE at this port.
  • Time Zone
    CLT (Chile Standard Time)
    UTC/GMT -3 hours
  • Language
    The local language is Spanish. Say "how much does this cost?" in Spanish: "cunto cuesta esto?"
  • Currency & Shopping
    Chilean Peso (CLP)
    Souvenirs, native crafts, precious stones, leather, wool, wood or ceramics.
    • Famous For
      Punta Arenas was at first a penal colony in the mid-19th century. The town grew over time, thanks to travel and trade to the South and North American coasts.
    • Fun Fact #1
      Take flight to the magnificent Torres Del Paine National Park in southern Chilean Patagonia for stunning views of mountains, glaciers, lakes and rivers.
    • Fun Fact #2
      The town is located north of the Strait of Magellan, one of the few natural passages between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans before the Panama Canal.
    • Fun Fact: Foodies
      Enjoy barbecued and grilled meats, including lamb; fresh seafood also highlights the menu. Be sure to try a pisco sour, a classic South American cocktail.

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