Puerto Natales Travel

It’s all about action and adventure in Puerto Natales, the launch pad for tours to Torres del Paine and beyond.

Come to Puerto Natales and you’ve arrived at the heartland of southern Chilean Patagonia, a world of impossible natural landscapes that beg to be explored. Rub shoulders with fellow adventurers who return from their expeditions wide-eyed with awe, given the region’s enviable collection of glaciers, mountains, forests, caves and lakes, all at your fingertips from Puerto Natales.

‘Adventure’ is the buzzword for Puerto Natales, a laidback port town which resides on the shores of the Ultima Esperanza Sound in Chilean Patagonia. Puerto Natales caters to adrenalin-seekers and outdoor enthusiasts who come from all over the world to experience the region’s gems, most notably Torres del Paine National Park and even across the border to Argentina’s El Perito Moreno Glacier. There are ancient caves to explore, mountains to hike past and mind-boggling landscapes to photograph; all within a day trip from Puerto Natales.

When you’re not out on an intrepid Patagonian adventure, Puerto Natales provides plenty of distractions to keep you occupied. You might want to fuel up at one of the many restaurants serving hearty fare – well deserved after all the action – or top up on active gear and outdoor equipment at one of the countless stores here. What’s more, the beautiful fjord offers a charming landscape to gaze out over, particularly from the Muelle Historico; a crumbling pier that calls out to be captured on camera.

Highlights of Puerto Natales:

Mylodon Cave

Found 26km north of Puerto Natales, this ancient cavern measures around 30m by 200m, a deep, dark space in which the prehistoric Mylodon dwelled. This giant ground sloth is thought to have perished in the Pleistocene era, but remains were discovered in 1896, leading scientists to believe that the great beast was indeed an ancient inhabitant of the region.

El Perito Moreno Glacier

This imposing glacier is more than a hunk of ice; it is a huge mass that sprawls for 250sq km and towers at a height of 74 metres. What makes Perito Moreno particularly special is that it is one of three glaciers in the world to be growing rather than shrinking, up to two metres a day, in fact. Absorbing the majesty of this natural phenomenon will no doubt take your breath away, watching as the chunks of ice crash into the waters of Lake Argentino - a mesmerising sight to behold.

Torres del Paine National Park

If you don’t have time to linger longer in Torres del Paine National Park, fear not: you can explore this extraordinary region on a day trip from Puerto Natales. Torres del Paine really is a must-see sight of Chile, with its imposing, snow-capped peaks and glacial lakes, magical forests and impressive glaciers, all to be admired on a tour from Puerto Natales – don’t miss it!

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