We leaned out into the vestiges of the Patagonian Prehistory: the Mylodon Cave. We learnt about the habits of this herbivorous animal that lived millions of years ago.
Before reaching Puerto Natales, we had already heard about the cave. The locals told us that the remains of a prehistorical animal which was “larger than a white bear, had huge claws and a colossal size”, especially when it stood on its two rear legs, had been found inside the cave.
Such a description made us want to learn more about the so-called monster of Puerto Natales. We found out where the cave was located and, whithout hesitating, we set out in that direction.
We took Route 9 from the city center and headed northwards. After traveling 20 km, we turned left into a rubble road that led us to the very loins of the cave.
Great was the surprise when we reached that place. The site was declared National Monument by the Government of Chile in 1993. The prehistorical animal received the name of Mylodon –as christened by its discoverer, Captain Eberhard, in 1895– and, when we observed a real-size statue of this animal, far from being a monstrosity of nature, we can assert that it even looked likeable.
Level of Difficulty: Low.
Timetables: Open from 10.00am to 7.00 pm.
Recommendations: Visit the interpretative museum. This will provide a more detailed conception of the place. In high season (October-April), regular trips to this place are organized by transport companies from Puerto Natales. In low season (May-September), the city travel agencies reach this place.
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