Punta Arenas Tourism
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Punta Arenas (or Sandy Point in English) is the capital city of Chile's southernmost region, Magallanes and Antartica Chilena. The city was officially renamed as Magallanes in 1927, but in 1938 it was changed back to "Punta Arenas". It is the largest city south of the 46th parallel south. As of 1977 Punta Arenas has been one of only two free ports in Chile. (Note that Punta Arenas itself is not a "free port", but rather outside of the city, there is a small "zona franca" where certain products can be imported into the country under a reduced-tax regimen.) Located on the Brunswick Peninsula north of the Strait of Magellan, Punta Arenas was originally established by the Chilean government in 1848 as a tiny penal colony to assert sovereignty over the Strait. During the remainder of the 1800s, Punta Arenas grew in size and importance due to the increasing maritime traffic and trade traveling to the west coasts of South and North America. This period of growth also resulted from the waves of European immigrants, mainly from Croatia and Russia attracted to the gold rush and sheep farming boom in the 1880s and early 1900s. The largest sheep company, controlling 10,000 square kilometres in Chile and Argentina, was based in Punta Arenas, and its owners lived there. Since its founding Chile has used Punta Arenas as a base to defend its sovereignty claims in the southernmost part of South America. This led, among other things, to the Strait of Magellan being recognized as Chilean territory in the Boundary treaty of 1881 between Chile and Argentina. The geopolitical importance of Punta Arenas has remained high in the 20th and 21st centuries because of its logistic importance in accessing the Antarctic Peninsula.Wikipedia
A place in Chile, Punta Arenas is an interesting place to visit, given its unique culture, history and character. 1-2 days is an ideal duration of visit to Punta Arenas.
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Facts and Stats for Punta Arenas*
Pollution Statistics in Punta Arenas
Know the pollution level of Punta Arenas before you plan your visit.
Water Pollution 25 (Low)
Noise and Light Pollution 25 (Low)
Unattended dirt and garbage 37.5 (Low)
Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 25 (Low)
Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 50 (Moderate)
Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 12.5 (Very Low)
Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 37.5 (Low)
Punta Arenas: Crime and Safety
How safe is Punta Arenas for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Punta Arenas.
Burglary and Theft 12.5 (Very Low)
Mugging and Robbery 12.5 (Very Low)
Robbery of Car belongings 25 (Low)
Drug offense 12.5 (Very Low)
Safety walking alone during daylight 100 (Very High)
Safety walking alone during night 75 (High)
Property crimes and Vandalism 12.5 (Very Low)
Living in Punta Arenas - Quality of Life
Safety Index 92.19 (Very High)
Pollution Index 18.97 (Very Low)
Traffic Commute Time Index 7 (Very Low)
Property Price to Income Ratio 6.25 (Low)
*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced and subjected to change without notice.
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New on TripHobo Duration: 3 Hrs 30 Mins
From the Punta Arenas cruise port, visit Otway Sound Penguin Colony (Pinginera de Seno Otway) on this 3.5-hour shore excursio...
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Panoramic views, monuments, straight of Magellan and Salesian Museum are a must do in Punta Arenas City. Discover in this cul...
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Enjoy this day tour to the Magellan Strait Park and the city of Punta Arenas departing from either your hotel or from Punta A...
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Experience your own March of the Penguins on Magdalena Island during a morning tour by boat from Punta Arenas. After cruising...
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