The Beauty of Nature at the Southern Tip of the World
Stretching in front of Punta Arenas is the Strait of Magellan, named after the navigator Magellan, who discovered it during the Age of Discovery. The discovery of this strait, which connects the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, played a significant role in shipping. Here you can enjoy the rustic scenery of Patagonia while reminiscing about the prosperity of the Age of Discovery.
Viewing the Strait that Changed World History
Punta Arenas, a central city of Patagonia, is compact and ideal for walking around. Going around town while listening to the historical deeds of Magellan or about the Patagonian industries will allow you to understand Punta Arenas on a deeper level. On the outskirts of the city, the idyllic Patagonian landscape offers a glimpse into the lives of people living in this harsh land. At a ranch where sheep, cattle, and alpacas are raised, visitors can enjoy a shearing show and a hearty lamb lunch. Let’s listen to the history of Punta Arenas and the nature and climate of Patagonia, which we do not have much opportunity to learn about in Japan.
Mysterious Nature and Beautiful Glaciers
Los Glaciares National Park, home to the beautiful Perito Moreno Glacier and Uppsala Glacier, the largest glacier in South America at 60 km long, is located in Patagonia at the southern end of the Andes Mountains, and has the third largest glacier group on earth after Antarctica and Greenland. The base for sightseeing in this national park is the small town of El Calafate. Surrounded by forests and lakes, it is visited by tourists from all over the world during the glacier tourism season. Visitors can enjoy the view of the Uppsala Glacier from a small cruise ship, or walk along the promenade where the Perito Moreno Glacier is right in front of you, and be dazzled by the scenery created by nature. Trekking in the clear air is a special experience.