Porvenir, capital city of Tierra del Fuego Province, founded in 1894. It has a surface of 3,321 sq. km and 5,406 inhabitants (Census of 2002). Most of them are descendants from the first people from Chiloe and Croatians who arrive in the island motivated by the presence of gold or the hope to find a better future.
This small city has hotels, restaurants and basic and public services to satisfy any need and has interesting attractions that are necessary to see.
To get to this city, it is possible to do it by air (15 minutes) and by sea (2, 5 hours). In both cases by crossing the Strait of Magellan.
In the city you can visit to the Fernando Cordero Rusque Museum, which has an interesting sample of local fauna, an archeology and anthropology section, where is the mummified rest of an island aborigine. At the History section it is possible to see testimonies of Chilean pioneer filming, the discovery and exploitation of gold and an interesting photograph sample of the Selknam.
The square is an attraction to photograph. Around it is the San Francisco de Sales church, an old building from 19th century, erected thanks to Salesian Monsignor Fagnano.
It is also interesting to visit the seaside promenade, from Manuel Señoret street and Santa Maria Avenue. Here you find the Plaza de las Banderas (Flags Square), Parque Croata (Croatian Park) and the Parque del Recuerdo (Memory Park) which gathers an interesting exhibition of machinery and ancient vehicles from the end of 19th century. In this place outstands the Monument to the Selknam Indian, made with natural wood. At the end of the tour it is necessary to return to Bahia Chilota, ferry terminal to sail back to Punta Arenas.