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
CapitalPuerto Natales
CommunesPuerto Natales
Torres del Paine
 • TypeProvincial
 • GovernorAna Ester Mayorga Bahamonde (UDI)
 • Total55,443.9 km2 (21,407.0 sq mi)
Population (2012 Census)[2]
 • Total18,685
 • Rank2
 • Density0.34/km2 (0.87/sq mi)
 • Urban16,978
 • Rural2,877
 • Men10611
 • Women9244
Time zoneUTC-4 (CLT [3])
 • Summer (DST)UTC-3 (CLST [4])
Area code(s)56 + 61
WebsiteGovernment 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. Ana Ester Mayorga Bahamonde 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.


The most common surnames in Última Esperanza Province and their frequencies as of 2014:[7]


  1. ^ a b "Gobierno de Chile: Gobernadores". Government of Chile (in Spanish). Retrieved 18 March 2011.
  2. ^ a b (in 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 the original on 2007-01-17. Retrieved 2006-10-27.
  6. ^ C. Michael Hogan, Cueva del Milodon, Megalithic Portal, 13 April 2008 [1]
  7. ^ Most common surnames in Última Esperanza Province