Chilean AntarcticaRegion de Magallanes
The Chilean territory in Antarctica has an area of 1,267,723 km2, and includes the islands that extend south of Canal Cockburn in the west and the Beagle Channel to the east.
The islands are, in fact, part of the Andes, and have a tundra climate, with its abundant rainfall and low temperatures, they are not overly suitable for the growth of vegetation. This is why you only see mosses and lichens in this area.
Antarctica is characterized by a western Andean slopes with a tundra climate, a gentle slope from the east with a steppe climate and the center, which has a polar ice plateau.
National sovereignty in Antarctica is guaranteed by the existence of Villa Las Estrellas and numerous bases and huts that are used for scientific observation. The country has mineral resources and animals. Most notable is the exploitation of krill.
The limits of the Chilean Antarctic Territory
The boundaries were studied by a special commission appointed by Decree No. 1541 of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, September 7, 1939, according to historical, legal and diplomatic records that had accumulated before that date.
Following this analysis, the then President of the Republic of Chile, Pedro Aguirre Cerda, approved Supreme Decree No. 1747 on November 6, 1940, which sets out the limits and states: "The Chilean Antarctic or Chilean Antarctic Territory is made up of all the lands, islands, islets, reefs, glaciers (pack-ice) and so on, known or yet to be discovered as well as the respective territorial sea, existing within the limits of the icecap from meridians of 53 degrees longitude west of Greenwich and 90 degrees longitude west of Greenwich".
How Much Do We Love This Place?
- Amazing views
- Exclusive and unique destination
- Quiet place, if you enjoy peace go to end of the world
- You have to go on a cruise (no choices)
- Expensive and difficult to get there
- In the summer the daylight is quite long