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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.