This Estancia (ranch) is an authentic working sheep ranch. The rooms are basic, nothing fancy, and the bathrooms are adequite but quite small. But you come to the estancia for the experience, not the rooms. The breakfast/dinning room is cozy and charming with a big open pit where the asado is cooked and a pot belly stove with a fire. There was also a roaring fire in the asado pit. A small gift shop is located just off the dinning room with handmade/knitted shawls, hats, sweaters, postcards etc. All the food is home made even the bread and jam. Food was excellent and all the wine you wanted to drink was served with lunch and dinner. For dinner we had a wonderful, out of this world, asado which consisted of lamb, chicken, sausages and steak along with all the trimmings. Excellent! Sergio, who owns the ranch was there and he gave us a personal tour of the ranch along with sheep shearing and sheep dog demonstrations. There is also a small but very interesting museum and school on the property. The estancia consists of 40,000 acres, 10,000 sheep, 2,500 cattle and 250 horses and is located on a large salt water sound. The staff was excellent and the rooms very clean. The electrical power is produced by a generator and it is turned off at around 11PM at night. My room had a flashlight but other rooms didn't, so if you plan to stay here I would recommend you bring your own as it is really dark this far out in the country at night.
- Also Known As:
- Posada Estancia Rio Verde Hotel Punta Arenas