Fitzroy Farm and Chilean Barbecue
Punta Arenas, Chile
- Ferry ride to Riesco Island: Enjoy some of the purest air on earth as you glide along the crystalline waters of the Patagonian south.
- Fitzroy Farm: If you've ever dreamed of being a gaucho for a day, this is the ticket: Watch a shearing show, learn to milk a cow, and visit the farm's museum stocked with tools for Patagonian survival.
- Typical Chilean barbecue: Learn about the traditional curanto cooking techniques and enjoy a lunch of lamb, seafood, grilled vegetables, and tangy sauces.
About this Punta Arenas tour
Be sure to pack a set of pants with an elastic waistband, because you are about to enter your very own episode of Bizarre Foods. Don’t be worried, however, because it’s not the food that the hospitable people of Riesco Island dish up that’s bizarre, it’s the way they cook it.
Archaeologists believe that curanto - meaning stony ground - may be the oldest ‘recipe’ known to man. For thousands of years - long before the age of the industrial smoker or the crockpot - the peoples of the Southern archipelago of Chile have been cooking their ceremonial feasts in a hole in the ground.
Possibly dating as far back as 11 millennia, the curanto began when canoeing tribes shacked up with neighboring hunter-gatherers near the island of Chiloe and created a brand new cooking method. Fish and vegetables are stacked on top of hot rocks, covered in leaves and soil, and slow cooked for up to two days while the hungry patrons danced and sang - how’s that for a Sunday roast!
The ancient tribes of Chile’s past have bequeathed a mighty delicious tradition that is still widely enjoyed today, and over many generations has spread all the way from the tip of Tierra del Fuego to the jungles of Peru - and although today’s version of the curanto doesn’t require the ceremonial song and dance, we won’t blame you if you’re compelled to break out in song to celebrate your first taste of the world’s oldest meal.
The origins of the curanto are clouded in mystery and many speculate the Chilote people’s connections to other ancient societies via the dish. Some anthropologists have gone so far as to venture that this method of cooking may have been gifted by Polynesians, with DNA evidence that suggests that the ancient culture’s excellent boating skills may have brought them as far as South America.
Punta Arenas Pier. Please proceed pier side and look for our GoBe Representative with the displayed logo sign. They will holding a sign with your name on it.
Air-conditioned transportation cannot be guaranteed in this destination. Please bring some cash for any purchases you might wish to make.
This tour has a moderate amount of walking over paved & sometimes uneven, slippery ground at the farm.
Cultural, Boat Tour, Walking Tour, Full Day, Food and Wine
Beverage - Water
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for all ages.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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