Chile (February-March 2016): Punta Arenas and Magellan Penguins of Magdalena Island

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The town of Punta Arenas is the capital of Chile‛s southernmost region, XII Region de Magallanes y de la Antartica Chilena. It is located on the shore of the Strait of Magellan facing Tierra del Fuego.

 

Views over the ice-filled summit crater of Descabezado Grande volcano (first photo below) and Mount Fitz Roy in Argentina (second photo) during the flight from Santiago to Punta Arenas.

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Historic neo-classical buildings downtown Punta Arenas. Most such buildings were built between 1892 and 1935 by prosperous farmers and merchants. Left: Former home of Jose Menendez Behety (1929). Right: Main building of the Menendez Behety Livestock and Commercial Society (1905).

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Statues of Punta Arenas heroes. From left to right: Ferdinand Magellan, Arturo Prat, Bernardo O'Higgins, and Manuel Bulnes.

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Statue of the Fuegian Indian below the statue of Magellan on the main square. Its foot is touched by many people (hence its yellow color) as it is believed that this act ensures a return to Punta Arenas.

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Monument celebrating the taking of possession of the Strait of Magellan by Chile on September 21, 1843.

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Former detention and torture center during the military dictatorship of 1973-1990, now the House of Human Rights.

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Mural paintings.

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In the Sara Braun Municipal Cemetery. Left: Mausoleum of the Jose Menendez family. Center: Mausoleum of the Kusanovic family. The names on the headstones reflect the diversity of European immigrants who settled in Punta Arenas in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

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Manicured trees seen throughout the city.

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Cormorants on the shore of the Strait of Magellan

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Fort Bulnes founded in 1843 and reconstructed one century later. It is located by the Strait of Magellan on Punta Santa Ana, 60km south of Punta Arenas .

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Magellan penguins (along with Austral seegulls and Antartic pigeons) on Magdalena Island in the strait of Magellan, 35km northeast of Punta Arenas.

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