Porvenir#7 in Best Things To Do in Chilean Patagonia
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Porvenir (meaning "future") is a beautiful settlement in Southern Chilean Patagonia, located on Chile's sliver of Tierra del Fuego. As a former port for European immigrants during the 1800s gold rush, Porvenir has played host to a diverse mix of residents. Today, however, its population is primarily comprised of Croatians and northern Chileans who have migrated south. Here, Victorian homes rub shoulders with the Fernando Cordero Rusque Museum, a small museum with exhibits ranging from filmmaking to gold-rush memorabilia.
Recent visitors recommend making the short trek to Lago Blanco, a pristine fishing spot located about 150 miles east of Porvenir. According to one VirtualTourist user, "Lago Blanco is a great place for camping and fishing. […] Except for some other lone fishermen we had it all to ourselves."
Porvenir is located approximately 196 miles southeast of Punta Arenas. The easiest way to reach Porvenir is by ferry from Punta Arenas, which takes approximately two and a half hours. The Transbordadora Austral Brown ferry offers service to Tres Puentes (a port located about three miles from Punta Arenas) Tuesday through Sunday for 5,500 CLP (roughly $11 USD) for passengers on foot, and 34,900 CLP (roughly $70 USD) for those with vehicles. For more information, check out our guide to Getting Around Chilean Patagonia.
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#1 Southern Chilean Patagonia
Occupying the southernmost area of the country, Southern Chilean Patagonia (SCP) draws visitors looking to admire the breathtaking landscape. Most visitors flock to Chile's southernmost province—also known as Magallanes (named after 16th-century conquistador Ferdinand Magellan)—to admire Patagonia's breathtaking landscape. From Magallanes' capital city, Punta Arenas, you can journey to Torres del Paine to admire its striking jagged peaks or head to Isla Magdalena to snap photos of thousands of Magellanic penguins scurrying along the shoreline.
Southern Chilean Patagonia is beyond secluded—separated by the Strait of Magellan and two soaring ice caps—but that only adds to its mystique as the gateway to Antarctica. The best way to reach Southern Chilean Patagonia is by plane from Santiago to Punta Arenas. It's also easy to access this region from Southern Argentine Patagonia. Cancha Carrera is a popular border-crossing, located between Torres del Paine and El Calafate (Argentina). Just be sure to acquire a visa before crossing; you can do so at an Argentine consulate in Santiago or before leaving home. For further details on how to navigate Southern Chilean Patagonia, consult our guide to Getting Around Chilean Patagonia.
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