Puerto Natales sits on the edge of the Last Hope Sound (Ultima Eperanza Fjord) and is the gateway to Torres del Paine, in Chilean Patagonia. It lies 247km north of Punta Arenas (Chilean Patagonia's main airport), and 147km from Torres del Paine National Park.
Founded in 1911 it was once a key port for the sheep and wool industry, but its main industry is now tourism and it is well set up to support people heading into Torres del Paine National Park. There are a range of accommodation options available, from backpacker hostels to luxury lodges and spas.
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In terms of preparations for trekking in Torres del Paine you'll find everything you need here. Shops sell camping equipment, including gas cannisters, and other gear. There is even a North Face shop. However, prices are often higher than in the UK.
If you have a spare day then the Cueva de Milodon and the Visitor Centre are worth a visit.
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Trips that visit Puerto Natales
Safari in Southern Patagonia
A flexible, multi-day itinerary with a sociable eco-friendly camp as your base. Daily excursion options for all abilities with expert guides to support you. Return to a comfortable bed, wood burning stove and en suite bathroom. Meals and transfers from/to…
- 4 Days
Patagonia Photo Expedition
Ideal for photographers of all abilities who are looking to learn from experienced local nature photographers, and capture the iconic highlights of Patagonia's wildlife and landscapes as part of an intimate group. Experience the famous National Parks of Torres del…
- 7 Days
Winter Highlights of Torres del Paine
Private cabins with hot tubs and transport between highlights makes trekking in winter a really special experience. See the towers and the enormous Glacier Grey, and make a stop at the rarely-visited Pingo Valley. You'll have the snow-covered park almost…
- 3 Days
Self-Guided Deluxe W Trek
Staying in the best accommodation on each leg of the trek, you will experience the iconic W-trek at the highest level of comfort, giving you the opportunity to really relax your legs after each trek. Guiding yourself you can enjoy…
- 5 Days
Classic Torres del Paine Highlights Self-Drive
Enjoy the iconic sights of Torres del Paine National Park: the electric blue Grey Glacier, the glistening lakes, the mile-high granite towers, as well as a whole host of curious wildlife, all with the flexibility and independence of driving yourself.…
- 4 Days
Torres del Paine Winter Adventure
Our expert guides make it possible to follow the majority of the W route and experience its highlights in the winter months, in spite of chillier conditions and limited services. You'll have the snow-covered park almost all to yourself -…
- 5 Days
Self-Guided W + The Bader Valley
Independent exploration and trekking around Torres del Paine's classic "W", followed by a guided hike into one of the Park's quieter and more restricted valleys. This W+Bader adventure combines the best of both: autonomous discovery and local…
- 6 Days
FitzRoy and Paine Hiking Tour
This action-packed small group trekking tour combines the best hikes in Torres del Paine and Los Glaciares National Parks. Enjoy the best treks in Southern Patagonia, discover Perito Moreno Glacier via small boat expedition, enter Torres del Paine by zodiac…
- 12 Days