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Circuito Hist贸rico Cultural - Other Activity - Chile

The Circuito Hist贸rico Cultural is a journey through the many facets of Feugian history, from ancient indigenous sites to modern-day gold prospectors.


The road departs Porvenir towards Cord贸n Baquedano. At this mountain range's highest point, 500 meters (1625 feet), you can view the Straits of Magellan. The road wends past abandoned gold dredges from the early-20th century explorations and the sod huts of pirquineros, today's hunters yet panning the streams for the precious metal.


The road comes out to the international Ruta Y-71, which leads to the ruins of Puerto Nuevo, the port that served Estancia Caleta Josefina. Just past Puerto Nuevo is the estancia and Onais铆n, where several buildings and the community cemetery remain.


At kilometer 110 on this road is the Marazzi site, excavated by French archaeologist Annette Laming-Emperaire in 1965. This location was used over 9000 years ago by the original inhabitants of this land.


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Getting There
The only way to traverse the Circuito Hist贸rico Cultural is on tour or if you have your own means of transportation (car or bike). A hired car from Porvenir would cost from $200.

Travel Tips: The circuit as far as Marazzi is 115 kilometers (69 miles) and takes about 5 hours. If driving, be sure you leave with a full tank of gas. There is a gas station on the Argentine side of the border at Paso San Sebasti谩n. If you continue along Ruta Y-71 to Paso San Sebasti谩n on the Argentine border, you can visit Estancia Sebasti谩n and its cemetery. Twenty kilometers (12 miles) southwest of San Sebasti谩n is the 10280-11800 year old Tres Arroyos archaeological site.

Relative price: Mid-Range

Travel Skills: None

You Need to Bring:

Stroll around the town, taking in the Fuegian architecture or walk along the costanera; visit Museo Provincial Fernando Cordero Rusque; bird watch at Monumental Natural Laguna de los Cisnes or take a boat tour of Bah铆a de Porvenir to see dolphins. Hit other circuits through the surrounding countryside: de Oro and de Petr贸leo. Go fishing at Lago Blanco, or trek the Cordillera Darwin, Parque Nacional Alberto de Agostini and other reserves.

Currencies accepted
Chilean Peso

By Lorraine Caputo

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