Cabo Froward (Cape Froward) is the southernmost point in the American mainland.
The cape is accessible by boat, or by a challenging trek of four days — or more — round trip, the details of which are explained below. On the hill above the cape is a large cross, Cruz de los Mares, marking the end of the American continent.
The trek is exteremely challenging, with rocky beaches and river crossings which must be timed with low tides. The trek covers remote territory where help could be days away, especially considering waiting for low tides to cross the rivers (one of which is still waist deep). For this reason it is not advisable to go alone. Ships occasionally pass in the distance, so with proper signalling equipment it may be possible to signal help from ships (which cannot help you themselves but can call for help) in case of an emergency.
The path is not well marked, but if you get lost you can always follow the coast (when possible—and paralleling the coast inland otherwise) to find your way back.
It is critically important that you look up the tide tables at shoa.cl [formerly dead link] (go to Servicios -> Mareas, then get the tide tables for Punta Arenas for the dates you will be trekking). The tide tables for Punta Arenas should be close enough.
Seagulls and the occasional seal or dolphin may be seen.
This is the end of the world, folks. Expect cool temps, rain, and the straight of Magellan´s infamous winds even in midsummer.
The trek begins at Rio San Pedro, near Fuerte Bulnes, the end of the road. You can get a transfer from Punta Arenas (for instance, the tourist office next to Sernatur), hitchhike or you can go by bus to San Juan – departures from Punta Arenas M W F Sa 07:30 and 18:00 (as of April 2011). These microbuses leave from a small station across the river from the company Fernandez.
The path is sometimes marked with orange or blue tape or markers. These usually mark the path but also mark the Refugio or a couple camping zones.
What follows is a description of each stretch with a time estimate. Times in bold indicate it is slower going at high tide (for instance, you might have to climb more on rocks at high tide). Times in bold italics indicate that the stretch is extremely slow or impassible at high tide.
his description is not exact and there are more parts through the forest – those are always easier to take than stick to the beach. Therefore watch carefully for the marks which indicate the path into the forest.