Located along the Magellan Strait,in the Brunswick Peninsula, PuntaArenas is the capital of the region of Magallanes and Chilean Patagonia.Formerly it was called "Punta Arenosa", a literal translation of the English name Sandy Point given to this little tour territory in the seventeenth century by John Byron. Punta Arenas was founded in 1848.The city is the ideal starting point for excursions to the Strait of Magellan and the Tierra del Fuego. From Punta Arenas you can travel the roads leading to the Seno Otway, place of great touristic and scientific interest, where the Pingüinera is found. There, visitors can see hundreds of Magellanic penguins that nest between the months of October and March.Punta Arenas visitors should make sure to follow the tradition of touching or kissing the foot of the Indian Aónikenk from the monument to Magellan, located in the Square Muñoz Gamero. They say that those who follow this ritual will come back 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.