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Sarmiento Channel

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Sarmiento Channel   Chile
Sarmiento Channel

Slicing some 130 kilometers (80 miles) north to south, the Sarmiento Channel is named after the 16th-century Spanish navigator and explorer Pedro Sarmiento de Gamboa. Along the passage, small fishing boats are utterly dwarfed by the steep slopes off the channel. Small lighthouses guide the way to help ships avoid the fate of those whose hulls lie rusting in the shallow waters. In addition to the popular Amalia and El Brujo glaciers found off of the channel, it also leads to the Montañas Fjord with its five glaciers.