Proof of the presence of Tehuelches in this area have been the findings of human skeletons on the top of Sierra Contreras on the hill that named this place Cerro Guido (1270m). A “chenque” or indigenous cemetery was found and it is considered as the highest found in Southern Patagonia. The results indicate that it was used for about seven centuries for that purpose.
Some herds of these wild or baguales animals settled in the valleys of the rivers that descend from the mountain range that took this name, Sierra Baguales. Several indigenous groups frequented the area where the Estancia is currently located to hunt them and increase their horses.
The use of horses substantially changed the lives and customs of the Tehuelches as well as the subsequent arrival of settlers and livestock entrepreneurs throughout the region some of whom saw the indigenous as an aggressor of property rights and these as intruders in their ancestral territories. In the early twentieth century it was an ethnic group in extinction.
Today it is possible to know closely part of this history thanks to this charming place that preserves the old patronal and administration houses of Estancia Cerro Guido as patrimony.
The small village, made up of workers’ houses and their families still preserves the old kitchen and dining room, blacksmith shop, carpentry, mechanical workshop, firehouse, shearing shed, stables, kennels, among other units. There is also a kindergarten, a school, a gym, a police checkpoint and a health center for the community, public dependencies managed by the Government of Chile .
In addition to a close and easy access to the Torres del Paine National Park and a privileged view from their facilities, people who visit us can also visit the Estancia, meet their people and live the different livestock activities according to the time of year. A unique experience difficult to find in other places.