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Puerto Natales Travel Guide: 117 reviews and 265 photos

A magical place!

Puerto natales looks like a common, regular town, but do not ilude yourself... =P There you can find people from all parts of the globe! The main reason for that is its closeness to the famous national park of Torres del Paine.

There are no charming gardens or constructions in town, but that does not matter since the surrounding nature is already very charming. Even with so many foreigners, the city does not have that appealing, touristic look and that makes it even more interesting. We feel like new residents... The ambient is very nice, you can meet lots of interesting people, make good friends and the locals are very friendly and supportive as well.

About Torres del Paine, that place has a kind of "aura" that is hard to explain. The mountains are unique, and so imponent...there are lakes from the colour milky blue to some that look like mirrors. The landscape is so thrilling and different, that you won´t pay attention to the fact that you are soaking wet, dirty, cold and almost being taken by the wind (no, this last one is not a joke! =P). Those things are details compared to the excitement of looking at guanacos, condors, cliffs and finding yourself between those huge mountains.

Many people I met were visiting the place for the second or even third time...I also dream to come back as well....In fact, I wonder if they have a job available for me over there hehehehehe...

Some info about Puerto Natales

Capital of the province of Ultima Esperanza, in South Patagonia, it´s considered the best option for those wanting to visit Torres del Paine, since it´s the closest city, and they have all the structure needed (lodging, supermarkets, equipments for rent, regular transportation, money exchange etc...). And also, you can meet much more people coming from Torres, so you can get some nice advices before.

About climate, just like the rest of patagonia, it´s quite impredictable but one thing is certain: the major part of tourists go on summer, as the winter has a temperature varying from -3 to 5°C, not counting the effects of the wind. For this reason, in the summer prices are higher and sometimes it´s avisable to make reservations, depending on what you are going to do, where you´re staying, etc... The high season usually lasts from November to February.

Bulnes Av. is the main avenue and it´s where most of the comerce is concentrated. It´s a small town, so there isn´t usually need for taxis, even though they are available and wih a reasonable price.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Amazing nature, looks like other planet...great people
  • Cons:You´ll forget about the con´s....
  • In a nutshell:Definately a place to visit, again and again...
  • Last visit to Puerto Natales: Nov 2003
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Aug 5, 2008 at 10:07 PM

    Your faces look very convincing... Thanks for your pages, Ligia! Take care! ~o~

  • elpariente's Profile Photo
    Jul 10, 2006 at 6:50 AM

    Your pages and photos are really good They are helping me to prepair my visit Yhank you - Gracias

  • chewy3326's Profile Photo
    Jan 25, 2006 at 11:22 AM

    The Torres del Paine look very beautiful! I hope I can visit this area someday! Great photos!

  • climbon's Profile Photo
    Jan 22, 2006 at 10:19 PM

    greatttttttt brings back some good memories (I was there in 2003) and i'm ready to go back, keep up the good work!

  • BluBluBlu's Profile Photo
    Dec 20, 2005 at 4:22 AM

    Some stunning stunning scenery...great photo's Zen! Blu

  • trek06's Profile Photo
    Nov 14, 2005 at 8:26 PM

    Thanks for the excellent tips. Hope to make it there soon.

  • CandS's Profile Photo
    Nov 7, 2005 at 4:05 PM

    Wow, great page! It looks/sounds like a great place to visit!

  • kyoub's Profile Photo
    Oct 22, 2004 at 3:56 AM

    Super photos and tips. Trying to decide whether to go or not to go. You have made the choice easy.

  • JetlagCity's Profile Photo
    Sep 20, 2004 at 4:07 PM

    This place looks awe-inspiring - I love the colors of the water! Very good tip about wearing clothes that breathe!

  • Psife's Profile Photo
    Apr 21, 2004 at 3:51 AM

    Wow, looks like a really amazing place.

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