Located in the outskirts of the "Estrecho de Magallanes", in the Brunswick peninsula, Punta Arenas is the capital of the Magallanes región and of the Chilean Patagonia. Previously called "Punta Arenosa", a literal translation from its english name "Sandy Point" given to this small territory in the XVII century by John Byron. Punta Arenas was founded in 1848.The city is the best place to start your excursion, from El Estrecho de Magallanes and La Tierra del Fuego. From Punta Arenas you can cover the paths that take you to Seno Otway, a very popular tourist and scientific destination, where the Pingüinera is found. There, the visitors can admire hundreds of penguins who nest there in October and March. When visiting Punta Arenas, do not forget to carry-on the tradition of kissing the foot of Aónikenk, in Plaza de Armas Muñoz Gamero. They say that whoever completes this ritual, returns to Patagonia.
Another important attraction of Punta Arenas is the Regional Museum of Magallanes,which houses an impressive collection of objects and antique furniture of the house commissioned to be built by the businessman Mauricio Braun in 1903, using nothing else than wood from the old world.On the other hand, it is also the Punta Arenas's Municipal Cemetery, considered one of the most beautiful in South America, with its beautiful cypress trees, mausoleums, gardens and extravagant tombs of characters like José Menéndez, baron of a sheep herding empire from the past centuries.Punta Arenas is an ideal place to shop at because it is located in a trade zone where commerce is free of tax.