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Obviously, nature rules along the Strait of Magellan. In addition to colonies of Magellanic penguins, the strait is frequented by schools of Commerson’s and Peale’s dolphins, southern elephant seals, South American sea lions and...

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Punta Arenas, Magallanes y la Antártica Chilena Region, Chile

The main port along the Strait of Magellan, Punta Arenas is a booming little Patagonian metropolis at the bottom of the Americas, its ornate wool-boom mansions and colorful shacks presenting a mixed but picturesque backdrop to the...

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Punta Arenas, Magallanes y la Antártica Chilena Region, Chile

You never know when you might catch a glimpse of a cute Magellanic penguin through the strait, but it’s nearly guaranteed within Los Pingüinos Natural Monument, on Magdalena Island and Marta Island, one of Chile’s largest and most...

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Punta Arenas, Región de Magallanes y de la Antártica Chilena, Chile

Beyond the natural surroundings and scenery, one of the great joys of crossing the strait is seeing the numerous lighthouses—some 41 in all—that break up the oceanic and mountainous terrain between Punta Dungeness and Cabo...

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Tierra del Fuego, Timaukel, Región de Magallanes y de la Antártica Chilena, Chile

South America’s largest island, Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego, clocks in at 48,101 square kilometers (18,572 square miles) and is split between Chile and Argentina, who jointly oversee its dramatic scenery. The island is home to...