Fuerte Bulnes


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Activity Level



Museums / Culture, Nature and Wildlife, Shore Excursion


Kid Friendly: Yes.

Friendly: Yes.
Most of the different areas to be visited at the Fort are easy to get to and there are a couple of buildings with stairs though.

Maximum travelers: 5



English (fluent), Spanish (fluent)

Fuerte Bulnes an Historical spot and the end of the Panamerican Highway

We will leave the city of Punta Arenas and drive down to the end of the Panamerican Highway to get to Fuerte Bulnes.
Not just beautiful sceneries, photo stops to get to pristine landscapes and snow capped mountains but also an easy understanding way to know the local history of this remote part of Chile.
1843 was the time when Chile decided to take possesion of Magellan after other previous attemps of European countries. For this purpose it built and commissioned a small sailing ship called Goleta Ancud which was commanded by the British sailor John Williams transported a crew of 21 people plus cargo to accomplish the mandate of the president Manuel Bulnes. The founding act of the settlement took place on September 21st.
Fuerte Bulnes was perfectly settled for a garrison with the mission of coastal defence but since it is located in a small rocky peninsula called Punta Santa Ana it was ill-prepared to become a proper civilian settlement and history goes on. . .


08:30 Am or 15:00 Pm this tour departs from the pier where your guide will be waiting for you with a sign with your name on it.
At the beginning a short panoramic stop at Cerro de la Cruz for a brief introduction of the place where we live, the stunning views of the Strait of Magellan and Tierra del Fuego Island.
45 minutes later we head towards the Fort called Bulnes which is situated 56 Kms South of the city, all paved road till the Reserves entrance.
Visit the museum and then we continue to get to Fuerte Bulnes.
Once back in Punta Arenas you are invited to join us in what is considered one of the must see National Monuments, the Cemetery.

Meeting Point + Tour Duration

Meeting Point Options: Cruise Ship Port

End Point Options: Cruise Ship Port

Duration: 4 hours

This tour leaves twice a day. Not only the Fort itself there is also lots of nature, wildlife and birding!


2014 a/c van for private service. For larger groups other vehicles can be quoted as required.

What’s Included

Other: Private transport in a 2014 a/c van (Hyundai)
English Speaking guide
Entrance fee to one museum OR to the National Monument Cemetery in Punta Arenas

Estimated Local Cash Needed

10000 CLP - Perhaps you may want to buy some snack on the way to the Fuerte.

What’s Extra

Other: Any other item not mentioned above is extra.

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