Fort Bulnes and Magellan's Strait Park Exploration

Excursion Highlights:
  • Begin your adventure with a stop at Cerro de la Cruz for a panoramic views over Punta Arenas and Chilean Patagonia.
  • Journey along the scenic coastline to Fort Bulnes, a historic symbol of Chile's claim over the Strait of Magellan and Southern Chile.
  • Explore well-preserved colonial structures at Fort Bulnes, including the church, jail, and stables, stepping back into Chile's rugged history.
  • Venture on short treks within the park, capturing breathtaking views of the strait from Punta Santa Ana, a truly remote experience.
  • Prepare for the elements: Recommended attire includes warm, layered clothing with a waterproof layer, trekking shoes, and accessories for protection.
Price: $99.00
Choose Options My Cruise Itinerary
Shore Excursion Size ? Small
Shore Excursion Type Cultural, Scenic
Shore Excursion Duration 3 Hours
Activity Level ? Moderate
Shore Excursion Leaves From ? Cruise Ship Pier
Food/Beverage Provided Not Included
Recommended Dress We recommend wearing comfortable clothing and shoes that can get wet. A hat, and sunglasses are also suggested.
Restrictions Guests must be able to walk on paved surfaces. There are steps and steep curbs in some areas. The tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility.

Fort Bulnes and Magellan's Strait Park Exploration

Embark on a journey through the legendary Strait of Magellan, renowned for its historical significance and dramatic weather. Explore Fort Bulnes, the site of Patagonia's first Chilean settlement.

Start your journey by ascending Cerro de la Cruz to enjoy a panoramic vista of Chilean Patagonia's capital city. A short, steep walk to the top offers you views of the Punta Arenas port and the distant Tierra del Fuego island.

You will then travel along the scenic coastal route for an hour to reach the sprawling Fort Bulnes. Built as a protective outpost for Southern Chile and the Strait of Magellan, this historical site was founded in 1843 by 22 colonizers, marking Chile's territorial claims over the region. It was named after Manuel Bulnes, the President of Chile during its construction.

Upon arrival, you'll be guided through the well-preserved buildings, including the church, chaplain's quarters, jail, powder magazine, post office, and stables. Imagine how hard it must have been to have worked in - or been held - here. Take some time to immerse yourself in the ambiance of this remote part of the world. Short inland treks are available, offering you breathtaking vistas of the strait from Punta Santa Ana.

Enjoy a brief period of free time for photos or souvenir shopping (if available) before returning to the pier. Please note: To fully enjoy this excursion, we recommend wearing warm, layered clothing, including a waterproof and windproof outer layer. Bring gloves, sunglasses, trekking shoes, a warm hat, and a scarf.