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Travel to Fort Bulnes, a reconstruction of Chile’s first settlement. This 4-hour shore excursion include transport to and from your port of call. 


  • 4-hour shore excursion of Fort Bulnes (Fuerte Bulnes)
  • See Chile’s first settlement and enjoy views of the Strait of Magellan
  • Explore the grounds, including barracks, chapel, jail and post office
  • Learn about the interesting construction and restoration of the buildings
  • Covered by Viator’s worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

What You Can Expect

Punta Arenas Shore Excursion: Fort Bulnes Tour

Restored Log Cabin at Fort Bulnes

When your cruise ship docks in Punta Arenas, enjoy a half-day shore excursion to Fort Bulnes (Fuerte Bulnes) with an expert guide. Drive 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.

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.

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!

Your tour ends with transport back to the Punta Arenas cruise port.

Note: beginning January 1, 2014, all services are private

Worry-free Shore Excursion:
We will ensure your timely return to the Punta Arenas port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

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