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 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
Base yourself at one of Chile's National Historical Monuments (now a luxury, all-inclusive hotel) as you explore the natural beauty of the Torres del Paine area. Mixing classic sights likes the Torres del Paine themselves with more off-the-beaten-track guided…
- 5 Days
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
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
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
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