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Southern Chilean Patagonia Sights

Fuerte Bulnes

  • Military Site

Fodor's Review

In the middle of a Chilean winter in 1843, a frigate under the command of Captain Juan Williams Rebolledo sailed southward from the island of Chiloé carrying a ragtag contingent of 11 sailors and eight soldiers. In October, on a rocky promontory called Santa Ana overlooking the Estrecho de Magallanes, they built a wooden fort, which they named Fuerte Bulnes, thereby founding the first Chilean settlement in the southern reaches of Patagonia. Much of the fort has been restored.

Sight Information


5 km (3 mi) south of Puerto Hambre, Puerto Hambre, 6200000, Chile


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Sight Details:

  • Free
  • Weekdays 8:30–12:30 and 2:30–6:30


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