Punta Arenas

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Punta Arenas (Sandy Point in English) is a Chilean city located in the west coast of the Strait of Magellan in the Brunswick Peninsula. Punta Arenas is the capital of the Magallanes and Chilean Antarctica Region.

The city was founded in 1848 after the settlers of the 1843 Fort Bulnes moved a bit to the north. During late 19th Century and Early 20th Century, the city was a destiny for every navigator who wanted to pass from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean since the only way at the time was to go around South America. The city lost importance and visitors when the Panama Canal was made.

The city was very distinct from the other Chilean cities, it was settled by many European immigrants including Croats, British, Spaniards, Italians, Germans and Serbs as well as a big influence from the Chilean islanders of the Chiloé Archipelago. To this day the European influence is visible in the Neo-Classical Architecture and many Croat last names.

Today the city is an important connection between South America and Antarctica since there are flights regularly, and Chile has an important presence in the last one.

Punta Arenas is also visited since the Magallanes and Chilean Antarctica Region is located in Patagonia, a place that has unique landscapes perfect for trekking, specially in the National Parks that are near.

The Punta Arenas Cemetery is unique in the world with round and long trees.[1][2]

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