Puerto Natales

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Puerto Natales is a town in Chile, the gateway to trekking in Torres del Paine or Bernardo O'Higgins National Parks. It offers good infrastructure, especially a few trekking shops and not-so-cheap supermarkets (although you'd do better to get your gear in Punta Arenas).


//www.sernatur.cl" target="_blank">Sernatur
+56 61 2412125
Pedro Montt 19
The main visitor information office.

Get in

//www.busesfernandez.com/" target="_blank">Buses Fernandez, but it's easiest to book the tickets in person at the bus company's location in Punta Arenas depending on your schedule. Those who can may be able to get the regular bus diverted via the airport saving them a trip to Punta Arenas centre. Most bus companies will do this, but you should ask when you purchase your ticket.
Buses and tours depart to Torres del Paine, El Calafate and El Chalten through several agencies in town, during summer book ahead.

By car

It is possible to drive from Rio Gallegos, Argentina, to Puerto Natales. This takes 5 hours and the road is entirely paved.
From El Calafate, the road is entirely paved too, and the trip takes less than 4 hours.

Get around


//www.conaf.cl/parques/monumento-natural-cueva-del-milodon/" target="_blank">Cueva del Milodón Natural MonumentThis is a good place to visit if you are an archaeology lover. The 200-m deep cave is astonishing, besides there are two more caves which are worth seeing, that have been dug by a team of archaeologist of the Instituto de la Patagonia, having found rests of paleofauna and human remains. The most notable animal was the mylodon, an extinct tall giant sloth which lived some 10000 years ago at the end of the Ice age. The big cave was its home. Of course, not all the mylodons were 12 feet tall. Some of the younger ones weren't even 11 feet tall. There's a scenic interpretive loop trail and campsites run by CONAF.


//www.criolloexpeditions.com" target="_blank">Criollo Expeditions
+56 9 85284225, +56 9 68118463
Huerto 157 B, Calle No 1
Daily horse rides and fishing trips. Kids and families welcome, no experience necessary. Fun, friendly and responsible!
  • Museo Histórico Municipal (The city museum)

    +56 61 2411 263
    Bulnes 285
    To learn about the local history. There are natural history items, archaeological artifacts belonging to the khaweshkhar and aonikenk tribes, and historical photographs of Puerto Natales' development.
  • Mirador DoroteaDorotea is a range of hills about 900 meters high above the sea level, from which you get amazing views of the city, the glacial valley and the surrounding mountains. There's a sign that identifies the hike to the viewpoint at lot 1. The hike takes 2 hours roundtrip

  • Buy

    //es-es.facebook.com/joyas.del.arbol" target="_blank">Taller del Arbol
    +56 61 2411461
    Eberhard 36
    Very nice custom made jewelry, made in the workshop while you watch. Even if you're not buying, they're happy to talk.
  • El Toque Campero

    +56 9 410 452
    Eberhard 148
    Cool artesan crafts, you can find mate, bombillas and other gaucho things, wool sweaters and nice hats. great quality things.
  • //www.etniasouvenirsandwool.cl" target="_blank">Etnia Souvenirs & Wool

    Baquedano 351-B
    Handicraft, souvenirs, wool store, sheep and alpaca wool, handmade knittings,funny and colorful designs, best prices in town, english spoken.

  • Eat

    //www.cervezabaguales.cl/" target="_blank">Baguales Brewery
    +56 61 2411920
    Bories 430
    Only brewery in Puerto Natales. Fantastic beer with great food.
  • //www.el-living.com/" target="_blank">El living

    Arturo Prat 156
    Cafe with wholesome food, great cakes, lunches and coffee. Recommended for vegetarians and has a book exchange.
  • El Asador Patagónico

    +56 61 2413553
    Arturo Prat 158
    Parilla serving traditional Chilean lamb.
  • //www.mesitagrande.cl" target="_blank">Mesita Grande

    +56 61 2411571
    Arturo Prat 196
    Good pizzas and salads. Owner is Swiss. Microbrew Baguales beer is served. Get there early. Recently added wifi.
  • Patagonia Dulce

    +56 61 2415285
    Barros Arana 233
    Some of the best coffee and pastry in Natales, if not the region. Free wifi. Pleasant background music. Friendly and very professional, the sort of place you might expect to find in Switzerland. Prices commensurate with the better quality.
  • La Picá de Carlitos

    +56 61 2415496
    Esmeralda 581
    Typical Chilean fare at reasonable "picada" prices. Free Wifi. If you try talking with Carlos himself you will not understand a word. Has both smoking and nonsmoking sides.
  • Última Esperanza

    Eberhard 354
    Good, moderately-priced seafood. Popular with families, and one of the first places to open on Sunday afternoon.

  • Drink


    //www.puertonataleshostel.com" target="_blank">Backpacker's El Refugio
    +56 61 2414881
    O'Higgins 484
    A great, cozy hostel with low prices, comfy beds and a safe, warm atmosphere.
  • Casa Cecilia

    +56 61 2411797
    Tomas Rogers 64
    This hostel also rents out trekking equipment.
  • //www.erraticrock.com/" target="_blank">Erratic Rock

    +56 61 2414317
    Baquedano 719, Benjamín Zamora 732
    Bill, the owner, is from Oregon, and gained Chilean citizenship under an amnesty program. He understands European and North American expectations in moderately priced lodging, and he's a bit of a hoot as well. He's a good citizen, getting involved in supporting local schools and such. Two locations
    the Erratic Rock I is located on Baquedano near the provincial CONAF office, three blocks away is the Erratic Rock II on Benjamín Zamora which has 10 rooms - all doubles with private bathrooms. Central heating is nice. Internet and cable TV with 50 channels. Excellent English language support for local travel needs.
  • Hostal Lili Patagonicos

    +56 61 2414063
    Arturo Prat 479
    Friendly, central location, rents out trekking gear, organizes buses and tours. International crowd. Free internet (wlan), free breakfast (and it is an excellent breakfast). Kitchen use. Laundry.
  • Los Inmigrantes

    +56 61 2413482
    Carrera Pinto 480
    Good value, breakfast, equipment rental and luggage store.
  • Lodging Evelyn

    +56 61 2413583
    Chorrillos 779
    Good value, free breakfast, organizes busses, laundry service.
  • //www.thesinginglamb.com" target="_blank">The Singing Lamb

    +56 61 2410958
    Arauco 779
    Two dorms with seven single beds and feather duvets, a well-equipped kitchen and book swap. Cleanest hostal in town! The owner and operator, Susan, speaks English, Spanish, German, and some French. Breakfast includes fresh homemade bread, real coffee and homemade jam.

  • Mid-range


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