Puerto Natales

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.

Map of Puerto Natales

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Trips that visit Puerto Natales

Patagonia Photo Expedition

This trip is perfect for photographers of all abilities who want to learn from highly experienced local nature photographers. Capture the highlights of Patagonia's wildlife and iconic landscapes as part of an intimate group on this Patagonia photography tour while…

  • 7 Days
  • $3,998
Fitz Roy and Paine Hiking Tour

This small group trekking tour combines the best hikes in Patagonia: Torres del Paine W Trek, Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre. Discover Perito Moreno Glacier in Los Glaciares National Park by boat expedition. Our tour leader and expert guides ensure…

  • 12 Days
  • $5,495
Iconic Sights of Southern Patagonia Tour

This action-packed group tour takes in the very best of Patagonia. Trek in Los Glaciares National Park for views of the Fitz Roy massif before heading south to the stunning Perito Moreno Glacier. Continue on to Torres del Paine National…

  • 14 Days
  • $5,299
Glaciers of Paine on Horseback

The ultimate Patagonian horse riding expedition: pack six days of gear onto your horse and explore lakes, rivers and vast Patagonian pampas with the Paine range as a backdrop and gauchos for…

  • 6 Days
  • $5,395
Patagonian Peaks and Plains

Travel in a small group with an expert tour leader from Santiago all the way down through central Chile to Tierra del Fuego and back up to Buenos Aires. Experience some of Patagonia's best trekking in Torres del Paine National…

  • 20 Days
  • $6,152
Independent Trek in Paine & Chaltén

Combine fantastic day hikes around the Fitz Roy massif in Argentina's Los Glaciares National Park with the famous W Trek in Torres del Paine National Park in Chile. All travel, border crossings and accommodation is included and arranged for you,…

  • 11 Days
  • $3,985
Pumas and Birds of Southern Patagonia

Visit the best place in the world to track wild puma and see King Penguins outside of Antarctica. You’ll be led by professional guides on an unforgettable journey down through Tierra Del Fuego, Torres Del Paine and the more remote…

  • 7 Days
  • $3,995
Classic Torres del Paine 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
  • $928
South America - Wild Patagonia

An epic, in-depth small group tour travelling the length of Patagonia in a kitted-out truck which will take you to places other tourist don't get to experience. Stay in comfortable hotels, visit wineries, volcanic lake districts, estancias, vast plains and…

  • 27 Days
  • $10,835
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
  • $1,057