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Park of the Strait of Magellan

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Address: Km. 52 Sur, Punta Arenas 6200000, Chile
Phone Number: +56 61 272 3195
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9:35 am - 5:45 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:35 am - 5:45 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

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Fascinating local history

This historic park is a a nice 45 minute drive from Punta Arenas and makes for a great day trip. The settler buildings are well maintained and there is a good gift shop and cafe... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Michael H
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Corvallis, Oregon

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Corvallis, Oregon
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12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This historic park is a a nice 45 minute drive from Punta Arenas and makes for a great day trip. The settler buildings are well maintained and there is a good gift shop and cafe. There are great views of the Straits of Magellan and you can walk down and explore the tide-pools along the rocky shore. Well worth the... More 

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san francisco
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153 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fort Bulnes is a historic fort built on a point that juts out into the Straits of Magellan. Dating back to the 1800s, it's been restored a number of times, but is now part of a newly opened state park. The visitors' center houses exhibits on the area, and had just opened a few weeks prior to my visit. While... More 

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New York City, New York
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86 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There is not a lot to do in Punta Arenas. This half-day trip is really for folks who have too much time in town. The museum is unfinished, half of the rooms are empty, and the rest is childish. You will learn more in Wikipedia. The Fort reconstruction is at a better level, but in the end, it is not... More 

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Santiago, Chile
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23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This two sites are the first outposts of Chilean colonization of the Strait of Magellan. Port Famine was the very first, where a group of settlers tried to establish a foothold in these barren lands. They were not successful and after several months all ended dying of hunger. There is very little to see, just an área where historians say... More 

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Peoria, Illinois
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12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our family of 8 got to Punta Arenas Christmas Day on the NCL Sun Cruise Ship. We felt so fortunate to find and pre-arrange a guide and driver to take our family of 8 to Fort Bulnes. The settlement, first established in 1843, was reconstructed in 1943. It consists of a small church, jail, post office, stables, and log cabins.... More 

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Haifa , Israel
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140 reviews
64 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015

Got there by car, approximately one hour from Punta Arenas. The place was rebuilt based on exact maps of the original Fort Bulnes, gives the opportunity to learn a lot on the history of the place. On the other side, there are several short tracks giong around the Fort, in the proximity of the sea, with great views especially close... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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27 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015 via mobile

This is a great site to visit if you want to know some things about the first Europeans setting foot on Patagonia. There is a tour in perfect English. It takes about 30 minutes and you get to know a lot. The site is a nice reconstruction, since the original fort was set to fire. The surrounding area is beautifull... More 

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Columbia, Maryland
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56 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015

We only had 2.5 hours to go here but our guide was great and even with two brief stops for taking photos on the way we did not feel overly rushed in our visit. There's small shop, food and bathrooms at the entrance. The fort itself doesn't take long to walk through but you can also walk the surrounding trails.... More 

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Kansas City, Missouri
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2015

A beautiful place with awesome views! Interisting historical place with lots to see and investigate. Make sure you wear good walking shoes and the paths are rather rough. And weather here even in the "summer" can change in 10 minutes if a good bank of clouds gather. The gift shop had rather good drinks and food items. We ended up... More 

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LADLHJR
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

I visited this site during the February of 2015. The weather was cool and windy with an occasional light rain. In Spite of the weather this is a beautiful site overlooking the Strait. We followed all the hiking trails around the site with no problem. The history of the site is quite amazing knowing that survival through the winter was... More 

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