ARENAS IN SOUTHERN PATAGONIA
Situated on the northern bank of the Strait of Magellan, Punta Arenas is a clean, modern city with an unusual history based on maritime trade, sheep ranching, and more recent petroleum extraction. This is the most common departure point for maritime cruises to Tierra del Fuego, the Patagonian fjords and glaciers, and Antarctica. Just north are Puerto Natales and Parque Nacional Torres del Paine.
OF PUNTA ARENAS AND ITS MAIN ATTRACTIONS
IN PUNTA ARENAS
From Punta Arenas it is possible to travel around Seno Otway (km. 70 north), a place with tourist and scientific appeal where is located the Penguin Colony, with about 6,000 specimens of Magellan species, such as Aptenodytes Forsteri, Spheniscus Magellanicus, Pygoscelis Adeliae, Aptenodytes Patagonicus.
The road to Rio Verde and Seno Skyring is also attractive for sport fishers and, in general, as a ramble that allows watching a varied fauna, outstanding rheas, condors, swans and flamingoes. This country area of beautiful landscapes has an assorted offer of rural tourism.
South of Punta Arenas it is possible to follow the central coast of Brunswick peninsula the historic rout par excellence. Once discoverers and conquerors, natives, colonists and pioneers went past it. That road leads to Fuerte Bulnes and Puerto del Hambre (Port Famine), full of legendary reminiscences.
AND PUERTO DEL HAMBRE
Close to it is Puerto del Hambre, at the seashore of Bahia Buena. Here captain Sarmiento de Gamboa founded the city Rey Don Felipe, in March of 1584. This attempt of Spanish settlement had a tragic end: its inhabitants died of starvation. Years later, British corsair Thomas Cavendish reached port here and rechristened the place as Port Famine, Puerto del Hambre in Spanish, name that still keeps.
Nine kilometers further is the entrance to "Las Nieves", a place with variated landscapes that runs along the basin of Penitente river, rich with species that invite to sport fishing. Carrying on to the high sector, there are areas of native trees woods and moist pastures. At the end of the round there is a panoramic view of Pinto mountain chain.
Getting back to the road, at kilometer 113 is Laguna Blanca, where there are several estancias that belonged to the ancient Sociedad Ganadera de Laguna Blanca (cattle corporation). 18 kilometers to the south is the Canadon Cueva de la Leona (lioness cave gully), a natural conservation area that has cave paintings from the Aonikenk ethnic group that dates back to some 1,600 years.
At the left side of road, km.135 is the estancia Penitente River, where the visitor finds the beauty and the charm of a typical Magellan ranch, whose origin goes back to 1891.
Back to the route, at kilometer 145 is the natural conservation "Morro Chico", a promontory in whose hillsides there are cave paintings and a beautiful general view of exceptional attractive that shows the Patagonian steppe ands the Penitente river.
Laguna Blanca has several typical attractions in spring-summer season, like breaking in animals, the traditional Chilean rodeo and the Shearing festival, a feast with all the country works: shearing, movement of sheepdogs and other activities besides shows and typical gastronomy, every third weekend of January.
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