Before the city of Punta Arenas existed, in their colonisation efforts of this region Chile built a fort a little bit to the South of this famous Sandy Point. It stood there for some time, giving the country control over the Strait of Magellan, but was eventually left behind when Punta Arenas was established.
It was in ruins for a long time, and even set on fire during a mutiny, but given its importance in the establishment of Chile in the region, for its 100 years anniversary it was rebuilt as a replica, and eventually declared a National Monument.
The place is amazing and very well conserved. Walking through it’s huts and chapel, and by its walls and cannons, it’s very easy to imagine what life was like in there, and to satisfy the adventurer’s heart even more, apart from the passionate history lesson you can get from your guide, there’s also a few trails along the coast and through the forest that are pretty cool to explore, and on the way to the fort you can also find another really awesome museum about the history of the Strait of Magellan.
I highly recommend visiting early in the morning, and definitely don’t forget your camera. The beautiful light of the sunrise really adds an amazing aura to the place that will make you fall in love with its stories.
Photo taken at: Fuerte Bulnes