Cerro Negro Ranch
Located midway between Punta Arenas and Torres del Paine National Park, Estancia Cerro Negro is a perfect place to enjoy a traditional lamb barbecue and savor the lifestyle of an authentic Patagonian ranch.
Cerro Negro (Black Mountain) has been in the Kusanovic family since 1944, when Antonio Kusanovic Jersic purchased the property after emigrating from Croatia in 1906 and developing interest in breeding his own livestock.
Very much a working ranch, Cerro Negro sprawls across 6,000 hectares (14,800 acres) of pampas grazed by the ranch’s 2,000-4,000 sheep (depending on the season) and 300 cattle. The sheep are watched over by shepherds and their trusty dogs. Sheep are usually sheared once a year and each sheep produces approximately 4.5 kilos (9.9 lbs) of wool. A skilled sheep-shearer can shear between 200 and 250 sheep a day.
All of our all-inclusive guests (arriving in Punta Arenas) visit Cerro Negro on their way to Torres del Paine where they are served lunch or a an afternoon snack and watch an authentic sheepdog and sheep-shearing demonstration. Visitors also get a chance to look around the old ranch house, which is maintained as a museum and still contains much of the decor from when the estancia was founded in the 1940s.