Porvenir - Photos: Jorge González
nown as “the city of the weird trees”, Porvenir started as a police post established in 1883, when the gold exploitations were intense in the area. It was not until 1894 that the city was founded with the aim of rendering services to the new cattle estancias in the region.
Today, Porvenir is in charge of providing commercial and administrative services to the entire island as far as livestock activities are concerned. Its physiognomy features a regular layout where ancient houses, as well as neat streets, give evidence of a prosperous past.
The city belongs to the Twelfth Region of Magellan and Chilean Antarctica and it lies within the territory of the Great Island of Tierra del Fuego, more precisely inside Porvenir Bay, on the Strait of Magellan. It is connected to the City of Punta Arenas through a ferry service.
The main activity in the area is cattle raising, whose main products include sheep wool, sheep and cow meat. Besides, other animals are raised to satisfy domestic needs.
Estancia tourism and angling are practiced throughout the island, but it is in Lago Blanco (Lake White) where the major activities are carried out, as the high number of salmon and trout lures hundreds of fans when the fishing season begins.
Baquedano Mountain Range is one of the most interesting attractions. It boasts a panoramic view just 20 kilometers away.