Private Tour of Punta Arenas
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Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan was looking for fame, fortune, and an easier way to get spices. Back then, spices were used not just to flavor food, but also to preserve it and cover the taste of spoiled meat. It was also believed that spices like cloves were thought to, you guessed it, spice up one's sex life. So, with lofty goals in mind, Magellan set sail from Spain for the New World in 1519 to try to reach Indonesia's Spice Islands. Sadly, he was hit by a poison arrow two years later and died before reaching the islands.
Still, he did find a way to reach the Pacific Ocean from the Atlantic Ocean and circumnavigate the globe when he discovered the strait located in today's South America. Magellan started with five ships and 270 crew members. Only one boat would return to Europe three years later, with 18 crew members left.
While Magellan did "discover" the aquatic passageway that bears his name, indigenous people inhabited the region for many thousands of years before his arrival, and many were killed by European invaders, or their diseases. In 1848, Punta Arenas, a city near the strait, was formally founded. European immigrants moved here to try their hand at sheep farming, or to find gold.
This is the southernmost town on the South American mainland. It became a port and an important path to the Pacific before the Panama Canal was built, and it reflects the diverse people who lived there. Today you can follow in Magellan's footsteps and discover the beauty of this remote Patagonian region for yourself.
A grave undertaking
CNN named Punta Arenas' cemetery, replete with manicured cypress trees and stunning mausoleums, one of the 10 most beautiful cemeteries of the world. And the names on the graves are like a United Nations conclave, showing the area's diversity. The official name of it is Cementerio Municipal Sara Braun. She was a wealthy woman who paid for the gateway around it, legendarily on one condition: that she be the only person to go through the main entrance when she died. She has her own mausoleum there. Today, you can only enter the cemetery through a side entrance, with that main gate permanently closed.
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