Fuerte Bulnes excursion
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We went on an organised tour today, because getting out to the old settlement of Fort Bulnes is quite difficult on your own. The tour cost CLP10,000 and was through a company called Laguna Azul - this was one of the cheapest prices for such tours, and they operated the tour with just the two of us. Being the off season, most companies wanted a minimum of 3, which obviously we couldn´t do.
Our guide an driver picked us up at 10am and we headed south to the settlement. We saw loads of dolphins frolicking in the water near the shore as we drove along the coast, the sea was surprisingly calm, almost glasslike. When the road finished, we were told that we´d gone as far south as roads could take us in mainland Chile! Fort Bulnes itself is actually a reconstruction of the buildings on the original site, but it´s been done quite well so gives you a good idea of what it was like during the mid-1800s in this bleak place.
On the way back, we stopped at a small fishing village in a sheltered bay and watched the men bringing in the day´s catch of sea urchins.
Once we got back to Punta Arenas, we had lunch in a local restaurant where Melissa tried the Chilean specialty of conger eel. It really doesn´t have much flavour, and it came fried in buckets of oil, also quite chewy, a bit like calamari. Probably won´t have it again, unlike the salmon, which is delicious! Also enjoyed a litre between us of the local Austral beer, which was very nice. The rest of the day was spent internetting and enjoying our luxury hotel room - seeing as this really blew the accommodation budget, we´re enjoying it while we can before we get back into hostels!