Puerto Natales

Puerto Natales

Things to do - general

Puerto Natales is a small waterside town of 22.000 inhabitants aprox.  that is easily accessible by foot. It’s also the gateway to Trekking in Torres del Paine or Bernardo O’Higgins National Parks. It offers good infrastructure, especially a few trekking shops and tourism facilities.

It is located at the opening of Última Esperanza Sound (Last Hope Sound) and was originally inhabited by the Kawésqar or Alacaluf people and the Aoniken or Tehuelche people. The first European to discover the area where the city is located was Juan Ladrillero, a Spanish explorer who was looking for the Strait of Magellan’s western passage in 1557. It was his “last hope” to find the Strait after exploring the maze of channels between the waters of the Pacific and the mainland. It was not until three centuries later, in 1830, that another major expedition sailed through the fjords and channels of Última Esperanza: the British expedition of the sloop HMS Beagle.

The city was later settled by European immigrants, primarily Germans, British, including English, Welsh and Scots, Croats, Greeks, Italians and Spaniards. It was then settled by Chilean people, with a substantial number coming from the island of Chiloé, all attracted by the sheep breeding industry. Nowadays, one of its most important industries is tourism although the cattle and aquaculture industries are also significant.

 

 

Country Chile

Sports & nature

Main touristic activities:

  1. Full Day at Torres del Paine: After visiting the ancient Milodón Cave and a short stop at Cerro Castillo, we arrive to Torres del Paine National Park. The tour includes an extensive visit to the park with some of the most mesmerizing landscapes in the world together with the exotic fauna that includes ñandus, red fox, guanacos and condors among others.
  2. Balmaceda and Serrano Glaciers navigation tour: Embarking in Puerto Natales , the tour begins navigating through Ultima Esperanza Sound. The visitor will be able to enjoy the landscape, woods and the exotic fauna. The final stop is at Mount Balmaceda where the stunningly imposing Balmaceda and Serrano glaciers are located.
  3. Full day at Perito Moreno: Perito Moreno Glacier is one of the most important natural attractions in Argentina.  It stands out because of the fall and loosening or the enormous masses of ice.
  4. Lake Grey Navigation: Lake Grey has a big number of huge icebergs from Grey Glacier. At the stunning frontal wall of the Glacier the visitor can enjoy an appetizer while having an amazing view of the landscape.
  5. Dorotea Horse Riding: Half or full day horse riding excursions up Dorotea Hill. At the summit the panoramic views of Patagonia will captivate the visitors.
  6.  Ice-Trekking:  Ice-trekking on the border of Grey Glacier.
  7. Trekking in Torres del Paine National Park: The park offers numerous trekking circuits with different levels of difficulty and duration.
  8. Sport Fishing: Sport fishing can be carried out in several rivers and lakes in Puerto Natales, particularly in Toro Lake, Maravilla y Porteño.
  9. Kayaking: There are several kayak routes to follow, surrounded by gorgeous landscapes, black-necked swans, Andean flamingos and other birds. The most popular route is between Grey Lake and Grey River.

 

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Alto Patagonia apart

Alto Patagonia apart

Manuel Bulnes 868 - Puerto Natales, Puerto Natales
Apart Hotel Altos Patagonia Natales offers accommodations in one of the top-rated downtown locations More info
Costa Australis

Costa Australis

pedro montt 262, Puerto Natales, Puerto Natales
in the heart of Puerto Natales, offering a panoramic view of the Patagonian Andes and the Last Hope More info
Don Guillermo

Don Guillermo

O`Higgins 657 - Puerto Natales, Puerto Natales
Excellent location, downtown Puerto Natales Hostal has 22 rooms with shared and private bathroom (to More info
Weskar Patagonia Lodge

Weskar Patagonia Lodge

Huerto 274-B, Puerto Natales, Puerto Natales
Nestled against a stunning Patagonian mountain backdrop, Weskar is a cosy small lodge located in the More info
Balmaceda & Serrano Glaciers

Balmaceda & Serrano Glaciers

Puerto Natales
This seaborne excursion, which starts and concludes in Puerto Natales, takes you to a pair of Patago More info
Full Day Torres del Paine

Full Day Torres del Paine

Puerto Natales
Torres del Paine National Park Regular basis – Full day excursion WHY YOU SHOULD GO You d More info
Horse Riding Cerro Dorotea

Horse Riding Cerro Dorotea

Puerto Natales
Discover the natural environment of “gauchos”  (skilled horsemen of Patagonia), an amazing landscape More info
Paine National Park in Private

Paine National Park in Private

Puerto Natales
Torres del Paine National Park                                                                       More info
Private Transfer

Private Transfer

Puerto Natales
We provide private transportation. Book us on your required day and time. Transfers from Punta Arena More info
Skorpios

Skorpios

Sail through fjords, gaze at glaciers and take in the breathtaking landscape of Chilean Patagonia ab More info
Nissan X-Trail

Nissan X-Trail

Price per day U$ 60,000
Car type4x4
Max people4
Door count5
Minimum driver age21
TransmissionManual
Air-conditioned?Yes
Unlimited mileage?Yes
Renault Duster

Renault Duster

Price per day U$ 90
Car typeSUV
Max people4
Door count4
Minimum driver age21
TransmissionManual
Air-conditioned?Yes
Unlimited mileage?Yes