Puerto Natales

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Puerto Natales showing landscape views, a lake or waterhole and a sunset

Breathtaking national parks, adventure sports and millennia-old caves welcome visitors to this town in the heart of the Patagonian wilderness.

Once a fishing village and a center for Chile’s 20th-century cattle-ranching industry, today Puerto Natales is the gateway to outdoor adventures in southern Patagonia. The town is on the east bank of the Señoret Channel and faces the snow-capped peaks of the Andes mountain range. Vacation in Puerto Natales to visit ancient caves, walk to scenic lookouts, kayak on vast lakes and tour the awe-inspiring landscapes of national parks.

The town’s colorful streets reflect a past of European immigrants and indigenous settlers from Chiloé Island. Start your visit at Plaza de Armas, the pretty central square home to an antique steam locomotive. Learn about the town’s colonial years and Patagonian tribes at the Museo Histórico Municpalidad Natales. Go to the waterfront, gaze across the channel’s icy waters toward Andean peaks and watch picturesque sunsets.

Enjoy a day hike to Mirador Cerro Dorotea, a lookout with uninterrupted views of the town, bay and surrounding glacial landscapes. Walk or bike north along the coastline and investigate the town’s meat-processing heritage at the Museo Histórico e Industrial Puerto Bories.

Just a 30-minute drive from the town is Cueva del Milodón, a series of huge caves and prehistoric relics. Discover the stories of the region’s earliest settlers and animals, such as the giant mylodon, a sloth that lived over 10,000 years ago.

Puerto Natales is a great starting point for two of Chile’s most famous national parks. Relive the travels of Charles Darwin as you sail past fjords to Parque Nacional Bernardo O’Higgins. Catch a glimpse of the soaring Balmaceda and Serrano glaciers. Marvel at the granite peaks and icebergs of Parque Nacional Torres del Paine, the setting for superb bird-watching, hiking and kayaking.

Reach Puerto Natales by flying to Punta Arenas and then renting a car or catching a public bus. Alternatively, take a fascinating multiday cruise from Puerto Montt. Stay at a cozy guesthouse, hotel or estancia, a traditional working farmstead set amid rural surroundings.

Weskar Patagonian Lodge
Weskar Patagonian Lodge
3.5 out of 5
Ruta 9 - Km 5 Cno Torres Del Paine, Natales, Magallanes
The price is £91 per night from 2 Oct to 2 Oct
Situated on the waterfront, this lodge is within a 15-minute walk of Mirador Cerro Dorotea, Puerto Natales Casino and Plaza de Armas. Museo Histórico and Mylodon ...
4.4/5Excellent! (141 reviews)
"We loved our stay here, definitely recommended. The hotel is away from the town but it's nicely isolated and very quiet. It was a short walk to restaurants."

Reviewed on 22 Mar 2020

Weskar Patagonian Lodge
Altiplanico Puerto Natales
Altiplanico Puerto Natales
3.5 out of 5
Huerto Familiar 282, Natales, Magallanes
The price is £95 per night from 23 Oct to 23 Oct
Situated on the waterfront, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Costanera, Mirador Cerro Dorotea and Puerto Natales Casino. Plaza de Armas and Museo Histórico ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (104 reviews)
Fantastic Hotel
"Great experience! The staff (especially the front desk) are so helpful. The restaurant is amazing! The lamb was the best I had the whole trip. The rooms are new and clean. The hot tub could be hotter and a little dirty but still fine. It’s a short distance from town but not far and cabs are called ..."

Reviewed on 24 Mar 2020

Altiplanico Puerto Natales
The Singular Patagonia
The Singular Patagonia
4.5 out of 5
Km 5 Norte Puerto Bories, Natales, Magallanes
The price is £325 per night from 4 Oct to 4 Oct
Situated on the waterfront, this luxury hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Costanera, Mirador Cerro Dorotea and Puerto Natales Casino. Plaza de Armas and Museo ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (71 reviews)
"This hotel is outstanding , we stayed for 3 nights and had wonderful time . Food is great , the view of this hotel is incredible beautiful ."

Reviewed on 28 Feb 2020

The Singular Patagonia
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Cumbres Apart
Cumbres Apart
3 out of 5
236 Manuel Señoret, Natales, ultima esperanza
The price is £55 per night from 5 Oct to 5 Oct
Situated in Natales, this apartment building is steps away from Costanera and Puerto Natales Casino. Museo Histórico and Plaza de Armas are also within 10 ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (20 reviews)
"Great location and incredible views. Nice and clean rooms with comfortable beds. Friendly staffs."

Reviewed on 20 Jul 2020

Cumbres Apart
Esmeralda House Puerto Natales
Esmeralda House Puerto Natales
3 out of 5
Esmeralda 1234, B, Natales
The price is £69 per night from 4 Oct to 4 Oct
Situated in Natales, this holiday home is within a 15-minute walk of Plaza de Armas and Museo Histórico. Puerto Natales Casino and Costanera are also within ...
Esmeralda House Puerto Natales
Geodesic Dome With Glacier and Mountain Views
Geodesic Dome With Glacier and Mountain Views
Situated in Natales, this apartment building is within 6 miles (10 km) of Mirador Cerro Dorotea, Costanera and Puerto Natales Casino. Plaza de Armas and Museo ...
Geodesic Dome With Glacier and Mountain Views
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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