Fort Bulnes Tour
Founded in 1843 under the command of President Manuel Bulnes, the fort was abandoned and burned down six years later, due to the challenging living conditions and the harsh terrain. In 1943 the fort was reconstructed, and it was fully restored in 2002.
It is half-day shore excursion to Fort Bulnes (Fuerte Bulnes), you can go in the morning or in the afternoon, they will pick you up in your hotel and go to the south of Punta Arenas, driving approximately 37 miles (60 km) to the historic site, where you’ll embark on a tour through Chile’s first settlement on a rocky hill at Punta Santa Ana.
As you explore the grounds, learn about the original construction of the buildings, manufactured from logs, dirt and bricks made of grass. See the small church and chaplain’s quarters, and visit the jail, post office and stables. Discover the barracks and log cabins at this historic military outpost and imagine living within its defensive walls as you enjoy fabulous views of the sea.
Before return to Puna Arenas also you will visit “Puerto de Hambre” (Famine Port), located on the shores of the Buena Bay. At this spot, the Spanish captain Sarmiento de Gamboa resolved to found the City of Rey Don Felipe in March 1584. This attempt of colonization had a tragical end: all its colonists starved to death. The lack of fresh water, supplies and the harsh weather put a tragic end to the dreams of grandeur of these group of men. Years later, the English corsair Thomas Cavendish reached this place and, as he only found the remains of the old colony, he baptised the spot with the name it bears at present. Today, this gloomy name is all that is left to refer to a paradoxically dream site.
This is an historical tour, where you can see something different of this region and its history, also changes the nature to the south of Punta Arenas with spectacular views of the Strait of Magellan, you will be back to Punta Arenas around 5 hours later.
- Tranport is include
- Entrance fee is not include