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Fort Bulnes

Visiting Fort Bulnes is an exercise in the imagination. We put ourselves in a place where we have to imagine how it would have been for the first colonizers who arrived to the Strait of Magellan in 1843. Imagine how they faced the difficult circumstances of climate and solitary life that was offered in this section of Patagonia, portraying an incredibly valiant and determined history. Located 52 kilometers south of Punta Arenas, the Fort is part of the historic circuit that the city offers and allows us to understand the series of events that led to the development of this region, keeping in mind that Chile was the first country to take control of the Strait of Magellan.

Positioned on a coastal cliff, this allows incredible views of the Strait and its surrounding geography. In front, Dawson island shines in splendor, in the distance is the big island of Tierra del Fuego and on the horizon is the Darwin mountain range and views toward unexplored areas.  

Don’t miss the multiple trails that surround the Fort and allow you to descend to the rocky shore and Coigue forests that populate the area. There are a number of viewpoints to enjoy the sunset and fresh coastal air.

In order to understand and learn more about the area, we recommend the new Visitors Center.  An interactive museum allows you to contextualize the worldwide importance of the Strait of Magellan, its history, and natural and cultural heritage. A must-see in the region.

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How to arrive

To reach Fort Bulnes you have a number of options. Our preference is to rent a car and head south of Punta Arenas, following the coastal route next to the Strait. Around kilometer 52 you’ll see signs indicating the park entrance. You have arrived!

Good to know

Hours and costs to the park vary depending on the season. When planning your visit, we recommend checking the website https://straitofmagellanpark.cl/ for the most up to date information. We suggest planning your time to include one of the guided tours the park offers.