One exception to Río Grande’s lack of historic sites is the Salesian mission (Ruta Nacional 3, Km 2980, tel. 02964/421642, www.misionrg.com.ar), founded by the order to catechize the Selknam; after the aboriginals died out from unintentionally introduced diseases and intentional slaughter, the fathers turned their attention to educating rural youth at the boarding school. The well-preserved Capilla (Chapel), a national historical monument, and similar Magellanic buildings make up part of the mission’s Museo de Historia, Antropología y de Ciencias Naturales.
From Río Grande, Línea B goes hourly to the Misión Salesiana, about 11 kilometers north of town, from 7:30 a.m.–8:30 p.m. The museum is open 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and 3–7 p.m. daily except Sunday, when it’s open afternoons only; admission costs US$1 for adults, US$0.50 for children.
© Wayne Bernhardson from Moon Chile, 2nd edition