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Aysén Region, Chile

The name of the Aysén Region, which contains the Northern and much of the Southern Patagonian Ice Fields, may come from an indigenous word for fjord or water. Even if that disputed etymology is inaccurate, it is a fitting description of...

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Within the Aysén Region, the Chonos Archipelago, named for an extinct people, is laced with innumerable islands around which blue whales thrive. Both the Darwin and Moraleda channels traverse the archipelago, which extends down to the...

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Magallanes y la Antártica Chilena Region, Chile

The sparsely populated (unless you count sheep) Magallanes Region is named for the explorer we call Magellan in English. The country's largest region stretches 725 kilometers (450 miles) to the bottom of the continent, and it is home to a long...

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Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego Province, Argentina

Its name alone evokes a mystical realm, and it can be used to refer to a number of different places. Tierra del Fuego is a national park in Argentina, a vast archipelago, an island and provinces within both Argentina and Chile. In the Chilean...

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The name of a province, an archipelago and an enormous island that is larger than Delaware, Chiloé in Chile’s Lake District is famous for its folktales and mythology. Many of these revolve around gods associated with the sea and...