Chile Chico and Puerto Ibáñez belong to the XI region of Aysen del Gral. Carlos Ibáñez del Campo.
Chile Chico has a population of some 3500 inhabitants, and its origin dates from the year 1909, when a group of families arrived from Argentina.
In 1917, with the war of Chile Chico, when colonists expelled both livestock enterprisers and public forces, who claimed terrains that had been granted to Santiago, the town was formed, to be officially recognized in 1931.
Chile Chico´s commune has a surface of 4.669 square kilometres, and its territory extends from the frontier with Argentina to the limit of Campo de Hielo del Norte. It includes the city of Chile Chico and the most important towns and villages are: Fachinal, Mallín Grande, Puerto Guadal, and Puerto Bertrand.
Due to the weather, the lake, and the good qualities of agriculture, Chile Chico has been given the name of "Ciudad del Sol" (city of the sun).
On the northern side of the lake is the capital of the commune of Río Ibáñez, Puerto Ibáñez, with a port from where ferry boats set out to Chile Chico.
Puerto Ibáñez was almost buried after the eruption of Hudson volcano in 1991.
Approximately 65 million years ago, a large percentage of vegetables and animals suddenly became extinct. It was in the late Cretaceous period and there are various theories about it. Some scientists attribute this event to a gradual process that finally led to selective extinction. Others assert that a catastrophe, such as an asteroid hitting the Earth, caused these species mass extinction.
Those who wish to experiment something new may choose a horseback ride over mountains, amidst forests, along beaches or across streams with the whole family enjoying beautiful moments.
It is ideal to go on these excursions guided by the local experts and on docile Creole horses.
If you are going on a short excursion, it is not necessary that you can ride. A quick theoretical chat with the guide will be enough for you to get used to the reins.