Sunday 7 March 2010

Fuerto Bulnes

Fuerto Bulnes was the main destination of a little half-day tour we did from Punta Arenas.

The fort is a restoration/replica of the outpost established by Chile to claim the Magellan Straight as theirs. It was a cute little museum full of buildings made of wood and turf, cannons and fields.

It must have been a cold, unwelcoming and profoundly lonely place for the 50-or-so soldiers who used to stand watch here, entertained only by the occasional pirate ship they could shoot at... its closest neighbor is a mound of barely perceptible ruins, all that remains of a town where all the founders died of starvation.

Today, in weather a little less grey and drizzly than our experience, it would make a great place for a picnic, or, better yet, a game of hide-and-seek.

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