About 70 kilometers north of Onaisín and 43 kilometers south of the Puerto Espora ferry landing, Cerro Sombrero is an orderly company town where Chile’s Empresa Nacional de Petróleo (ENAP, National Petroleum Company) has provided remarkable employee amenities for a place with only about 150 houses. Dating from the early 1960s, it boasts an astronomical observatory, a bank, a botanical garden, a cinema, a hospital, recreational facilities including a heated swimming pool, and restaurants.
Overnighters will find accommodations at vastly improved Hostería Tunkelén (Arturo Prat 101, tel. 061/345001, US$35/66 s/d), which also has a new and very good (but rather expensive) restaurant.
© Wayne Bernhardson from Moon Chile, 2nd edition