Faro San Isidro

The road to Faro San Isidro, the southernmost lighthouse of the American mainland

San Isidro lighthouse is located in the Región de Magallanes y la Antártica Chilena, in Patagonia, Chile. It’s the southernmost lighthouse on the mainland continent. Lit in 1904, it’s part of a chain of eight century old lighthouses placed along the shores of the Strait of Magellan.

Located on the southeast coast of the Brunswick Peninsula, at the shore of the Strait of Magellan, the lighthouse is located at the tip of South America. Don’t forget your camera! Built in 1904 by George Slight, Cabo San Isidro is a landscape known for its mountain chains and wide diversity of species and habitat: subantarctic forests full of coigüe and cinnammon tree, peat lands, wetlands, highlands, glacier valleys, rivers and lakes.

The road to reach the lighthouse is gravel and sand. It’s called Ruta 9. Starting from Ciudad del Rey Don Felipe, also known as Puerto del Hambre, a historic settlement site at Buena Bay, the road is 22.6 km (14 miles) long. The last 4km are closed to vehicles. The road ends on a parking lot.

 

 

NOTICE: Due to the spread of COVID-19, many points of interest and roads are closed and travel is not recommended. Please follow all local health authority directives before venturing off, and stay safe.