In response to information from the health authority regarding the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the National Forest Corporation (Conaf) has decided to temporarily close all national parks, national reserves and natural monuments until the health alert is lifted by health authorities.
Long ago, the Selknam traveled the large island of Tierra del Fuego. They were respected warriors, seasoned hunters, experts at trail-finding, and one of the tallest native peoples of the entire continent. By the end of the 20th century, however, life on the island had changed drastically. Most of the lowlands were occupied by large sheep farms. These changes spurred a struggle that ended with the death of nearly all members of this ethnic group around 50 years after the arrival of the first settlers.
One of the most important sheep farms was the Estancia Caleta Catalina, founded in 1904 by the Sociedad Explotadora de Tierra del Fuego. The small village of Cameron was named in honor of its first general manager, New Zealander Alexander Cameron. Today, you can still find signs of these settlers’ preferred architectural styles––and the complex history they are part of––in the houses’ zinc facades and carved wooden moldings.
Various options for lodging are available in the Russfin, Lake Deseado, and Karukinka sectors.
Cameron is located 209 miles from Punta Arenas. To get there, you’ll need to cross the Strait of Magellan at the Primera Angostura sector (Punta Delgada), a trip of around 20 minutes. Cameron is also located 95 miles from Porvenir.
Buses travel daily between Cerro Sombrero and Punta Arenas. More information is available in Pullman Norte Buses.
There are also bus routes connecting Cerro Sombrero and Porvenir. Find out more by contacting Río Side Buses.
Finally, there are also bus routes between Porvenir and Cameron. These run three times a week (Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday). For more information, contact Juan Quelín Calisto via landline at 61 258 0253 or via cell at 9 62 37 84 77.
To get to Villa Cameron, you’ll need to cross the Strait of Magellan at Punta Delgada, which is located 106 miles from Punta Arenas along Route CH-225. The voyage across the strait takes around 20 minutes. Once you’re on the island, drive 103 miles to reach Cameron.
You can also cross the Strait of Magellan at Tres Puentes, located around 3 miles from Punta Arenas. The crossing takes around 2 hours. When you reach Porvenir, you’ll need to drive 95 miles to Cameron.
The nearest airport is in Punta Arenas. Dap Airlines offers flights to Porvenir, a trip of just 12 minutes.
This remote park protects several fox species, sea leopards, dolphins, whales, sea lions, elephant seals, austral dolphins and Chilean dolphins, in addition to 49 bird species.
Immense plains, fjords, channels and unexplored mountains make up this unique territory and biosphere reserve that has been part of the ancestral route of Selknam and Yaghan people.
This area does not have a visitor’s center at this time.
La Fiesta del Fuego
On June 21, the town celebrates “La Fiesta del Fuego” (The Festival of Fire), which commemorates the day Ferdinand Magellan crossed the strait and spotted the large bonfires of the Selknam people.
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