Magallanes

Our History

Magallanes

Chilean Patagonia
At the end of the 19th century this Estancia was born, as part of the Sociedad Explotadora Tierra del Fuego, the largest cattle network in the history of Chilean Patagonia.
The first inhabitants
The settlement of this region dates back approximately five and a half millennia. Traces of the presence of man in this territory of Ultima Esperanza have been found.
They correspond to the culture of Aónikenk, Tehuelches or Patagones. They were hunter-gatherer nomads who tirelessly toured their territory procuring sustenance that they obtained mainly from the hunting of guanacos, ñandúes and other species of birds. They consumed smaller mammals, eggs and vegetables (fungi, berries, roots). During their coastal stays they consumed the meat of marine mammals and seafood.

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.

Horses
in South America

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.

The Settlers
They were established in this zone in a late form with respect to the rest of the territory favored by the geographic, climatic conditions and mainly by governmental concessions of lands.
As a result a system of self-sufficient life was permeating the Patagonian Culture.

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 .

Unique and unparalleled experience
For Those Who Visit Us

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.