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Puerto Natales

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Experience Life in Patagonia

Located on the shore of Señoret Channel, Puerto Natales was the hub of Chile's thriving ranching industry in the early 20th century. In the years that followed, it was no more than a stopping off point for expeditions to Torres del Paine National Park. Today the scene is quite different, and you will be amazed to find travelers from all over the world enjoying an endless array of outdoor activities, adventure sports and excursions as well as the charm of the small downtown area, which is full of fine gastronomy and top rate hotels.

The town's colorful streets offer everything a tourist would want, including outdoor clothing and gear, kayak outings, bicycle rentals and several souvenir shops. Once you've stocked up and scheduled a few activities, walk along the windy coastal road on the shore of Señoret Channel, where you can see black-necked swans and delight in the stunning red sunsets.

Just 24 km from the city is the Mylodon Cave, which will amaze you with its scale and prehistoric remains. Scientific interest in the place began in 1896 with the discovery of skin, bones and other remains of the extinct Mylodon, an enormous herbivore and relative of the sloth that lived over 10,000 years ago.

Sail on Última Esperanza Fjord, the gateway to Bernardo O'Higgins National Park, where you can see the Balmaceda and Serrano Glaciers. If you're looking for excitement, take a zodiac and journey up the Serrano River to a less frequented entrance to Torres del Paine National Park.

You'll be treated to an even more amazing view of Puerto Natales from Cerro Dorotea, where you can observe the city, the fjord, the nearby mountains and the Patagonian steppe that extends towards Argentina from 800 meters up. If you are lucky, you might spot one of the majestic condors that nest on the vertical rock walls of this mountain.


Features Destinations of Southern Patagonia

aAntarctica

bStrait of Magellan
c   Punta Arenas

d  Tierra del Fuego
e   Torres del Paine National Park

fPuerto Natales


Touristic Services

Accommodation           
Tourism Agencies

Tours you can do

Hiking Torres del Paine
The Mylodon Cave
Dientes de Navarino
Magdalena Island
Marino Francisco Coloane Park Puerto Edén
Última Esperanza - Mariano Glacier

Cruises to Puerto Williams and Cape Horn

 

Getting there

en avion
By Plane
Several flights depart Santiago daily for Punta Arenas, which is 247 km from Puerto Natales. Ask about direct flights in summer time.
bus
By Bus
Several bus lines make the journey at different times of day. Purchase your ticket in advance, as spots fill up quickly.
en auto
By Car
You can take a very well-maintained paved road from Punta Arenas to Puerto Natales.
barco
By Boat
Ferry service is available once a week to and from Puerto Montt. The trip takes four days and three nights, allowing you to enjoy the Patagonian Canals from the deck. Advance reservations are recommended.
 

Tips

01

Museo Histórico Municipal Visit Puerto Bories Pueblo Artesanal Ether Aike
A small but very full museum with a good collection of artifacts from the indigenous peoples of Patagonia (Aónikenk, Kawéskar, Selk'nam and Yámana). This old factory was built by the Sociedad Explotadora de Tierra del Fuego to produce and refrigerate sheep meat that was to be exported to Europe along with wool. Located 5 km north of the city. Enjoy arts and crafts made by artisans of Patagonia. Each piece is inspired by the spirit of the indigenous people, country folk, native flora and fauna or the sea.

02

More About the Mylodon Bike Rentals
If you want to know more about this Pleistocene animal, tour the cave's Visitor Information Center and view the remains that were found virtually intact in 1896. Cycling is an excellent way to get to know the city and its attractive environs, and several companies provide rental services.

 

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