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When to Go to Porvenir

Tourism services are in full swing during the summer months. from October to April. The days are longer and warmer, though it may rain at any moment, and winds are strong. Once that season is over,when the weather begins to wear the cold cloak of winter, tours into the hinterlands end and many other tourism-related businesses close. But flamingos and black-necked swans still visit Porvenir’s sheltered bay.


Porvenir has a full calendar of events. Its six-part car racing is only one of the hot competitions here.

January 31 — The largest asado (barbecue) in Tierra del Fuego

February 6-7 — Fiesta Costumbrista, paying tribute to Porvenir’s rich ethnic history, and the René Schneider auto circuit race

March / April — Semana Santa car race

May 21 — International regatta in Bahía de Porvenir

June 19-20 — Aniversario de Porvenir, celebrating the town’s founding, with another car race

August 13-15 — Yet another auto carrera, this time supporting Hermandad Chileno-Argentina, Chilean-Argentine Brotherhood

September 17-19 — Patagonia Basketball Tournament, regattas on Porvenir Bay and equestrian competitions

October 9-10 — Porvenir’s fifth auto race of the year

October 12 — International Nautical Festival

November 14-16 — Raid Náutico Internacional, a 170-kilometer (102-mile) float on the Río Grande

December 4-5 — The final auto racing competition of the year

December 12-13 — Regional Rodeo Championship

By Lorraine Caputo

Upon re-declaring her independence at age 29, Lorraine Caputo packed her trusty Rocinante (so her knapsack's called) and began...

22 May 2009

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