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Punta Arenas
Situated on the northern bank of the Strait of Magellan, Punta Arenas is a clean, modern city with an unusual history based on maritime trade, sheep ranching, and more recent petroleum extraction. This is the most common departure point for maritime cruises to Tierra del Fuego, the Patagonian fjords and glaciers, and Antarctica.
The city is a free trade zone, and before the Panama Canal, was major port on the route around the Americas. Consequently the city of Punta Arenas is also a ship graveyard. In a lot of places the shores are lined with ships that couldn’t make it around the tip of South America. When these ships come around the tip they often have extra paint that they use to paint their ships when they are at sea. The seamen sell this paint to the inhabitants who paint their houses with this paint. As a result of this, all of the houses in Punta Arenas are a different color.
This window is a hairdressers place in a former east-german style.

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Additional Photos by Kris Verhoeven (verswe) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 61 W: 3 N: 1206] (7330)
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