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Fort Bulnes (Fuerte Bulnes)
Fort Bulnes (Fuerte Bulnes)

Fort Bulnes (Fuerte Bulnes)

Ruta Y-621, s/n, 52 Km South From Punta Arenas, Chile

The basics

Fort Bulnes (Fuerte Bulnes) is most commonly visited as part of a shore excursion in Punta Arenas. Day trips typically give you a tour of the reconstructed church, jail, post office, and stables, and provide historical context that’s otherwise difficult to access due to limited signage. Other common features of Punta Arenas shore excursions include Maggiorino Borgatello Salesian Museum, which covers the entire history and culture of Patagonia, and the Cerro de la Cruz lookout point.

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Small Group Punta Arenas Shore Excursion: Fort Bulnes and City Tour
Small Group Punta Arenas Shore Excursion: Fort Bulnes and City Tour
$58.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
History, good wine, local experience
Excellent tour. Our guide was very enthusiastic, good English. We like the small group. Good time planning.
Sofia_G, Mar 2020

Recent reviews from experiences in Punta Arenas

star-5
Viator - Fort Bulnes
Sandra_L, Mar 2020
Strait Park - Fort Bulnes
Nothing is REQUIRED....! Request might be answered next time. This is the reason some of your required reviews are ignored. Buenos Dia.
star-5
A Great Guided Tour
Malay_G, Mar 2020
Small Group Punta Arenas Shore Excursion: Fort Bulnes and City Tour
A well-versed guide and a great driver. Went to Fort Bensey and took also a city tour. The details were explained clearly.
star-5
Great day
Maggie, Feb 2020
Small Group Punta Arenas Shore Excursion: Fort Bulnes and City Tour
Our guide, Alexandra and our driver,Roberto went out of their way to ensure that our small group of six had a great experience. It was a full day and we had a wonderful time
star-5
Fantastic tour
Elisabeth, Feb 2020
Small Group Punta Arenas Shore Excursion: Fort Bulnes and City Tour
There was supposed to be 4 of us on the tour but one couple didn’t show up so we ended up having a private tour. Our guide was excellent! Very knowledgeable about the area, history, flora & fauna, etc. He spoke very good English. We were lucky enough to have a calm day and see plenty of dolphins. Overall, I would highly recommend this tour.
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Cruise around the Horn
Klaus_L, Nov 2019
Small Group Punta Arenas Shore Excursion: Fort Bulnes and City Tour
Great tour and good English speaking guide....good explanations and I did learn a lot about the area and the history
star-4
Fort Bulnes etc
Linda_R, Feb 2020
Small Group Punta Arenas Shore Excursion: Fort Bulnes and City Tour
The tour content was fantastic. We had issues when we were first onshore with miscommunication regarding payment of the tour. Once this was solved we headed off to fort bulnes on the recommendation of our guide. Fortunately we missed large tour groups which was an advantage. Lunch was wonderful as well as our city tour. We were not rushed and our guide was always considerate. Our only negative was that our guide's English was difficult to understand and we missed a lot of the information. Great day!!
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Things to know before you go

  • Due to its elevated location, the outdoor fortress is generally windy and cold, so ensure you take a rainjacket and layer up.
  • There are several hiking trails that branch off from the fort, so ensure that you’re wearing sturdy shoes if you plan to explore them. Trails explore both forests and coastal landscapes.
  • The fort charges a relatively expensive admission fee so ensure that you take plenty of cash.
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How to get there

From the centre of Punta Arenas, Fort Bulnes (Fuerte Bulnes) is a 1-hour drive via Ruta 9. The route follows the coastline and therefore offers excellent views that are best enjoyed from the passenger seat rather than at the wheel.

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When to get there

The park that comprises Fort Bulnes (Fuerte Bulnes) is open from midmorning until early evening. The museum operates similar opening hours, but it's worth calling in advance to double-check.

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The Penguins of Magdalena Island

Located off the rocky northeastern shores of Punta Arenas, Magdalena Island (Isla Magdalena) is home to a huge colony of Magellanic penguins and is a designated national nature reserve. In addition to more than 120,000 penguins, the island and its surroundings play host to sea lions, elephant seals, Chilean dolphins, and cormorants.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to Fort Bulnes (Fuerte Bulnes)?
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