Aug 15, 2018

Punta Arenas' Andean Club (Club Andino)

Club Andino (Andean Club), Punta Arenas, Chile.
     Club Andino de Punta Arenas is located 9 km. W. from the city, on the slopes of Mount Fenton, better known by the name of Cerro Mirador. This small Winter Center, open throughout the year, is nestled within the Magallanes National Reserve, place of very easy access, full of typical trees of the region. The beautiful setting is complemented by an amazing view of the city, of the Strait of Magellan, the southern part of the Brunswick Peninsula and the Island of Tierra del Fuego. This sports and recreational center has its highest point at 600 meters above sea level. The Club Andino is a non-profit sports and social organization, dedicated to promoting the practice of mountain sports and especially competitive skiing.

How to Get There


     The distance from the starting point, generally Plaza Muñoz Gamero (Main Square) of Punta Arenas is 9 Km. The travel time is roughly 20 minutes by paved road, in very good condition, recently inaugurated. In times of snow or ice, the use of chains or studded tyres is mandatory. The cost of a taxi fare (one way) is about US $ 10.

Ski Center Facilities  


Club Andino de Punta Arenas (Punta Arenas' Andean Club).
Photo: www.estrechomagallanes.com
     The area suitable for skiing is approximately 18 hectares, with 14 pistes among forests of the Reserve, from training level to medium difficulty, a First Aid Post and a two-seater Chairlift of 1200 meters with a capacity to transport 600 people per hour, the travel time between the base station and the summit is 8 minutes. One of the facilities houses the Training Center for beginners (Ski School), Equipment Rental and Custody. The Club's heart is the 420 m2 Refuge/Cafeteria, with capacity to serve 120 people.

Club Andino in Summer


     Winters in this latitude are generally quite harsh and benefit the snow related sports, but with the thaw and the arrival of the Spring-Summer season, several other options of entertainment and sightseeing appear. This time is taken advantage of by Chileans and hundreds of foreign tourists from the numerous cruise ships that arrive at the port of Punta Arenas. Very much sought after are the Chairlift rides, hiking the beautiful trails bordering streams and through forests of Lenga, Coigue and Ñirre besides rides and competitions in Mountainbike, for which the Club has always bikes in good working order. The main hiking trails are Sendero Movilidad Reducida (Reduced Mobility), Sendero Bocatoma, Las Lengas, Los Ñirres and Los Coigues Trekking Circuits. Inside the Magallanes National Reserve camping is not allowed. 

     Another summer attraction is the Canopy ride through the eleven platforms, supported by experienced guides. The views of the surrounding forests, the city of Punta Arenas, the Strait of Magellan and Tierra del Fuego Island including the Darwin Mountain Range in the distance, will turn out to be unforgettable.

Website: https://www.clubandino.cl/ 
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Area of Punta Arenas, Magallanes National Reserve and Club Andino