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
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
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
This action-packed small group trekking tour combines the best hikes in Patagonia: Torres del Paine and Los Glaciares National Parks. Discover Perito Moreno Glacier on a boat expedition, enter Paine by zodiac boat and celebrate your final night in an…
- 12 Days
A spectacular itinerary that takes you the length of Southern Patagonia with a small group, in a custom expedition vehicle and staying in comfortable hotels. Explore glaciers on foot and by boat, breaking Torres del Paine's W Trek into day…
- 13 Days
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
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 while sighting lakes and glaciers in…
- 7 Days
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
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