Welp, i hopped on a bus and got out of town this Saturday! I didn't really know what i was in for when i purchased my ticket, but the price was right and anytime spent outside of Punta Arenas is a good time indeed! Turns out i bought a ticket for an ecotour on the Isla Riesco about two hours NW of town.
What's an ecotour you ask? Well mine involved a bus ride to a working estancia (spanish for ranch or farm!) outside of town, lectures about the local flora and fauna, a guided tour of the trees on the ranch, a demonstration on how to sheer wool, as well as a sack lunch picnic on the ranch. Probably the coolest part of the whole experience was that this was not a very touristy trip to make. The entire tour was presented in Spanish and i was one of only three gringos on the entire bus! While it may not have been the most exciting way to spend a Saturday, it was a great way to get out of town and to really soak up some local culture.
Also worth nothing, owning a farm has been bumped up much higher on my things-to-do-in-life list. I'm not really interested in own animals, so maybe i should say i want to own and work a decently large garden and orchard.