We get you there!
If you want a chill trip watching the beautiful landscapes and the co-inhabitants of the Tierra del Fuego, ask us about the service of transportation with a driver-guide towards the Lodge. We love to share beautiful moments that life brings with our passengers and being able to show you places that would be invisible to you if you come by yourself.
Review of routes
TO THE ISLAND THROUGH
Primera Angostura / Punta Delgada
If you want to take a trip to the northern side of Punta Arenas, chilling through the patagonian pampas, we recommend this route. The advantage of this is that the ferry at Primera Angostura sails continuously, only interrupted between 22:00 hrs and 08:00 hrs. (subject to season).
At the island you will be able to eat something at “Lo de Marittza” (Bahía Azul) or replenish groceries and fuel at Cerro Sombrero. After around 80 kilometers you reach Onaisin, where you have to choose a route: the coast or the inland.
Punta Arenas TO Porvenir
If you prefer to spend more time on a ferry than to drive, or if your interest is to get to know more places in the area around Porvenir (Cordón Baquedano, Museum, Swan Lagoon Monument – Stromalite Park) we recommend you to take the ferry that sails from the Tres Puentes Terminal at Punta Arenas everyday.
Porvenir will be your last chance to buy groceries for the road or any medication you may need. Leaving the city, at around 100 kilometers, you will arrive to Onaisin where you have to choose a route: the coast or the inland.
FROM ONAISIN TO PAMPA GUANACO THROUGH;
Bahía Inútil (Coast)
To go over Bahía Inútil you will have to take the road towards Cameron. After a few minutes you will be over the Caleta Josefina Ranch that at some point was the biggest ranch of the island in the golden hour of the cattle industry. Very close too, a bit over 15 kms, you find the King Penguin Natural Reserve where you can visit a colony of these beautiful birds that live all year round at these shores.
On the road forward, a few forests will show up going outside Cameron (there is a small shop and a health station) and later through Russfin, a sawmill that sometimes has fuel.
The next milestone of the road is the Río Grande, natural geographic division of the great Island where the sub-antarctic forest starts to dominate the landscape. You will be close to Pampa Guanaco, the gates to the Fuegian Andes.
○ “Las Flores” (Inland)
At Onaisin you will take direction towards the Argentinian border, San Sebastian. At around 15 kilometers before the border with Argentina there is a detour to the right (southwards) that will show directions towards Pampa Guanaco.
Over this route you will go through the Carmen-Sylva mountain range where at its heights you will be able to see Antarctic beeches and Lenga beeches, the northerners of the island. Over this route you will traverse the Chico and Moneta rivers, where many rainbow and brown trouts live. If the weather is with us you will be able to admire the fuegian Mountains in the background getting closer and closer. After around 30 kilometers of the Moneta river you will meet with the coastal route where you will take your left, in the direction towards Deseado Lake, Blanco Lake and Fagnano Lake.
The next milestone of the road is the Río Grande, natural geographic division of the great island where the sub-antarctic forest starts to dominate the landscape. You will be close to Pampa Guanaco, the gates to the Fuegian Andes.
PAMPA GUANACO TO THE LODGE
Any road will take you to this point, if you come from Torres del Paine, Punta Arenas, Porvenir, Río Grande or Ushuaia, vía airplane (Yes!, there are flights! – Ask us -) or a private car. This is the gate to the Fuegian Andes.
At Pampa Guanaco you have to follow directions to Deseado Lake. At this spot you will go into the forest ecosystem, leaving behind the Fuegian pampas. Dirt road that usually is in good condition, although it can seem narrow. Always drive with attention, lights on and to your right to allow another car to pass in the opposite direction.
We will go to the mountains, always next to the Rasmussen river and its afluents where you will be able to watch the beaver effect, some Guanacos herds and even some wild horses.
IF YOU COME FROM RÍO GRANDE OR USHUAIA
Coming from the Argentinian side of the island you will have to go towards Pampa Guanaco over the Radman / Bellavista border (open only through summer) or through the San Sebastián border (longer trip). If you cross over Radman/Bellavista follow the directions towards Pampa Guanaco. Two kilometers before the village of Pampa Guanaco there is a detour towards the left, Lago Deseado and Lago Fagnano. If you come over the San Sebastian border then follow directions “Onaisin – Pampa Guanaco over “Las Flores” (Inland).
IF YOU COME FROM PUERTO NATALES
Take direction towards Punta Arenas. At kilometer 51 of the route, just after passing the “Chorrillo de Las Latas” (where you find a gas station and a mini-market) follow direction towards Tierra del Fuego. After around 120 kms you will arrive at the Primera Angostura detour. Follow directions from “Primera Angostura / Punta Delgada”
✓ Check your lights that work well.
✓ Have good tires.
✓ Have at least 2 extra tires.
✓ Fill up your fuel tank whenever possible.
✓ On dirt roads drive safely and stick to your right.
✓ Give notice of your location to our staff when you have a signal.
✓ Bring with you a map (Digital of Physical).
✓ Check weather conditions. (Ferry crossing may close due wind)