This half-day excursion invites visitors into the natural tranquility of the Magallanes Nature Preserve, a protected forest area with numerous trails established for trekking and mountain-biking. The preserve, consisting os 20,878 hectares, is located just 8 km to the west of the city of Punta Arenas. It was in this area that coal was discovered in the mid-19th century, which caused then-governor José de los Santos Mardones to move the earlier settlement at Fuerte Bulnes to the present "Sandy Point" location in 1848.
As we start the visit we pass several neighborhoods along the south of the city before heading onto the gravel road that takes us to the preserve. Once there we wlk a four-kilometer passage through the Patagonian forest until we finally reach the trail where we begin our hike, which lasts about half an hour. As we walk along we eill encounter many examples of local native flora, including those known as romerillo (fashine in English), zarzaparrilla (common smilax), frutilla del diablo ("devil's strawberry"), calafate (box-leaved barberry), murtilla (strawberry myrtle), notro (Chilean firebush), leñadura (Magellan's mayten), michay (Darwin's Barberry) as well as forests of coigue and lenga trees.
Birds species here include chuncho (austral pygmy owl), rayadito (thorn-tailed rayadito), chercan (house wren), cachaña (austral parakeet), chincol (rufous-collared sparrow), cometocino (Patagonian sierra finch), zorzal (song thrush), and tiuque (chimando caracara).
From the trail we will enjoy a splendid panorama of the famous "River of the Mines" that flows through Punta Arenas on its way to the Straits of Magellan. We return to Punta Arenas on the same route.
Pick up at your place of accommodation in Punta Arenas. At the beginning of the excursion we will cross different neighborhoods to the south of the city, to soon take a paved road that leads us to the reserve. Once in it we must take a path of four kms. surrounded by the Patagonian forest that takes us to the beginning of the trail where we will walk for about half an hour. The return to Punta Arenas is done by the same route.
Duration: 3 1/2 (three and a half) hours approximately
Physical requirements: One-kilometer walk on irregular terrain, usually windy
|Rates per person||High Season|
Sept 2022 - April 2023
Private tour with spanish-speaking driver
Private tour with english-speaking guide