Aracena Island (Spanish: Isla Capitán Aracena or Isla Aracena[2][circular reference]) is an island in the Magallanes Region of Chile. It belongs to the Tierra del Fuego archipelago, and forms part of the Alberto de Agostini National Park.

Aracena Island
Native name:
Isla Aracena
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Aracena Island, at the Strait of Magellan
Coordinates54°10′S 71°20′W / 54.167°S 71.333°W / -54.167; -71.333Coordinates: 54°10′S 71°20′W / 54.167°S 71.333°W / -54.167; -71.333
Area1,164 km2 (449 sq mi)
Coastline457 km (284 mi)
Highest elevation1,158 m (3,799 ft)
Highest pointMonte Vernal[1]
RegionMagallanes Region
ProvinceMagallanes Province
Communes of ChilePunta Arenas
Additional information
NGA UFI -875166

For some 6000 years the coastal areas of Aracena Island have been inhabited by the Alacalufe (or Kawésqar) people. By the early years of the 21st century, the continued presence of the Alacalufe has been put seriously at risk by the actions of non-indigenous people.[3]

The highest point on Aracena Island is Mount Vernal. (The United States Hydrographic Office in South America Pilot (Year 1916, page 316) erroneously located Mount Vernal on the Clarence Island.)


  1. ^ "South America Island High Points above 1000 meters".
  2. ^ Spanish Wikipedia article on Isla Capitán Aracena
  3. ^ Spanish Wikipedia article on Isla Capitán Aracena: "A comienzos del siglo XXI este pueblo había sido prácticamente extinguido por la acción del hombre blanco."