Última Esperanza Province

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Última Esperanza
Provincia de Última Esperanza
Official seal of Última Esperanza
Location in the Magallanes and Antartica Chilena Region
Location in the Magallanes and Antartica Chilena Region
Location in Chile
Location in Chile
Última Esperanza
Location in Chile
Coordinates: 50°47′S 74°06′W / 50.783°S 74.100°W / -50.783; -74.100Coordinates: 50°47′S 74°06′W / 50.783°S 74.100°W / -50.783; -74.100
Country  Chile
Region  Magallanes y Antártica Chilena
Capital Puerto Natales
Communes Puerto Natales
Torres del Paine
 • Type Provincial
 • Governor Max Salas Illanes
 • Total 55,443.9 km2 (21,407.0 sq mi)
Population (2012 Census)[2]
 • Total 18,685
 • Rank 2
 • Density 0.34/km2 (0.87/sq mi)
 • Urban 16,978
 • Rural 2,877
 • Men 10611
 • Women 9244
Time zone CLT [3] (UTC-4)
 • Summer (DST) CLST [4] (UTC-3)
Area code(s) 56 + 61
Website Government of Última Esperanza

Última Esperanza (Spanish: Provincia de Última Esperanza, meaning "Last Hope Province") is one of four provinces in the southern Chilean region of Magallanes and Antártica Chilena (XII). The capital is Puerto Natales and it is named after Última Esperanza Sound. A section of its border with Argentina in the Southern Patagonian Ice Field is under dispute.[5]


As a province, Última Esperanza is a second-level administrative division of Chile, which is further divided into two communes (comunas): Puerto Natales and Torres del Paine. The province is administered by a presidentially appointed governor. Max Salas Illanes was appointed governor by president Sebastián Piñera.[1]

Noted features[edit]

Within this province, the noted Torres del Paine National Park, Cerro Torre and Cerro Chaltén is located, comprising some of the most spectacular mountain peaks of South America. Also part of the biggest non-polar glacier, the Southern Patagonian Ice Field is within Última Esperanza. Cueva del Milodón Natural Monument, where prehistoric human occupation has been documented,[6] is also within this province.


  1. ^ a b "Gobierno de Chile: Gobernadores". Government of Chile (in Spanish). Retrieved 18 March 2011. 
  2. ^ a b (Spanish) Instituto Nacional de Estadísticas
  3. ^ "Chile Time". WorldTimeZones.org. Retrieved 2010-07-28. 
  4. ^ "Chile Summer Time". WorldTimeZones.org. Retrieved 2010-07-28. 
  5. ^ "Border agreement between Chile and Argentina". Archived from 1998 the original Check |url= scheme (help) on 2007-01-17. Retrieved 2006-10-27. 
  6. ^ C. Michael Hogan, Cueva del Milodon, Megalithic Portal, 13 April 2008 [1]