1240 km is the distance from Punta Arenas to King George Island in Antarctica.

Punta Arenas is one of the most important gateways to Antarctica. Its history, its climate, its present, are marked with the sign of an extreme and challenging world. If you want to know more about the White Continent, this is the place where your adventure begins.

Chile, an Antarctic country

It is made up of sixteen regions and three geographical zones: Continental Chile, Insular Chile; and the Chilean Antarctic Territory.


Punta Arenas, gateway to Antarctica

1,240 kilometers is the distance that separates this city from King George Island, one of the reasons that makes it a "gateway" to the continent along with Ushuaia (Argentina), Cape Town (South Africa), Hobart (Australia), Christchurch (New Zealand).

Other countries' route to the White Continent

Punta Arenas has a privileged location, due to its proximity to the Antarctic Peninsula and because it is home to the headquarters of the Chilean Antarctic Institute, which provides an excellent access to researchers and visitors from Chile and the world. Currently, more than twenty nations that are part of the Antarctic Treaty System pass through Punta Arenas before their trip to the continent, more than any other place in the world.