PUERTO NATALES, CHILE
Puerto Natales is located on the seafront on the eastern shore of the Señoret Channel and opposite the Patagonian Andes. It is the starting point for exploring the beautiful natural scenery of the surrounding area, including the Torres del Paine National Park, the Milodon Cave Natural Monument, and the Los Glaciares National Park in Argentina. Puerto Natales is the capital of Ultima Esperanza province and is part of Chilean Patagonia.
Activities in Puerto Natales
Puerto Natales and the surrounding area are full of tourist attractions. It’s fun to walk through the streets of Puerto Natales to see the colorful houses.
· It is best to explore the town on foot to take the time to enjoy the scenery. The buildings are very pretty and picturesque. The main plaza is a good place to go to rest and relax a while. The church is nice too. For a long walk overlooking the Señoret Channel, head down to the waterfront. Wear a warm jacket, because it is usually windy. It is a rather quiet place where the main thing is to enjoy walking and the views.
· A 5 km walk along the waterfront to the north will take you to Puerto Bories, with its perfectly preserved century old cold storage plant and houses for workers. Take a journey to the past, to the era of the "Sociedad Explotadora de Magallanes", owned by Don José Menendez.
· There are shops with traditional articles from the area, as well as a museum of city history. The Ether Aike craft village was opened on May 20, 2002 and is located on Phillipi Street at the corner of Angamos. Here you can find handicrafts made by local craftspeople.
· Salesiano Alberto de Agostini Museum, (address: Padre Rossa Nº 1456). This museum belongs to the Salesian Schools of Puerto Natales. It contains an interesting display of Patagonian flora and fauna.
· From Puerto Natales you can take a trip to the Cueva del Milodon (Mylodon Cave), where the remains of a prehistoric giant sloth were found, or you can sail through the Patagonian channels towards the glaciers in the Bernardo O’Higgins National Park.
· Avenida de los cuatro pueblos (Avenue of the Four Peoples): the sidewalks of this avenue have been decorated with images depicting the Native Peoples of Patagonia: Tehuelches (Aonikenk), Onas (Selknam), Yaganes (Yamanas), and Alacalufes (Kawaskar). From here there is a panoramic view of the town.
· Visit the Torres del Paine National Park which is an hour away.
· In winter, you can go to the Río Turbio ski slopes, or by boat to the Balmaceda and Serrano mountain glaciers and to the seven glaciers located in the Mountain Channels.