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Puerto Natales, Chile - Gateway to Torres del Paine National Park

Chile travel blog by Mark Berman - November 2017   » View Photoset (62 Photos)

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for 10yrs!
After 6 weeks on the road in southern Chile and Argentina I arrived in Puerto Natales from El Calafate by bus (5hrs) where I had flown to from Ushuaia.
Chile Photo - Images of the indigenous people of the Patagonia are all around Puerto Natales.
Images of the indigenous people of the Patagonia are all around Puerto Natales.
I was looking forward to spending several days resting, seeing the city and of course going on a tour to Torres del Paine National Park! Walking from the bus terminal down to the city center takes 15mins. I was lucky to find an economical private room after looking for nearly an hour, see review below.

Sights in Puerto Natales

The main features of Puerto Natales are the views of the water and snow-capped mountains, the old burnt down pier (wharf, jetty), the dozens of swans around the port, wooden fishing boats, the monuments along the waterfront and the many street murals you see all over town painted by local artist Eladio Godoy Vera! The Plaza de Armas is large, has a fountain and lots of trees, grass and shade. The most important buildings are located here, they
Chile Photo - The indigenous people hunted animals like emu, mural by Eladio Godoy Vera in Puerto Natales.
The indigenous people hunted animals like emu, mural by Eladio Godoy Vera in Puerto Natales.
being: the Municipalidad (government building) built in 1929, inaugurated in 1933. Beside it is the church - Parroquia Maria Auxiliadora.

Tours & Sights Around

Many of the tour offices in Puerto Natales are located around the plaza and the streets surrounding it. Sights to see in the area around the city are many. You actually see most of these by doing a tour of Torres del Paine. These sights include: Villa Cerro Castillo, Sarmiento Lake, wildlife such as Guanacos, Amarga Lagoon, Paine Waterfall, Salto Grande, Pehoe Lake, Grey Lake (glacier), Toro Lake and the Milodon Caves. Some of these places can be reached in a day trip by car or bicycle from Puerto Natales such as the Milodon Caves. Other tours from Puerto Natales include climbing to the base of the towers (torres) at Torres del Paine and also a full day tour to Perito Moreno Glacier in Argentina.

Eladio Godoy Vera - Local Artist

Local artist of Puerto Natales Eladio Godoy Vera's
Chile Photo - An interesting ethnic design with this mural in Puerto Natales.
An interesting ethnic design with this mural in Puerto Natales.
work is in the streets all around town. Born in 1975, he has studied oil painting, acrylic painting and muralism! Eladio has received distinction for his contribution to culture in Puerto Natales and has since ventured into authorship and helped create the cultural magazine 'El Keltehue'. You can find some of Eladio's work on Avenida Santiago Bueras (ethnic murals) and at the Stadium Victor Borquez Miranda (sports murals).

Restaurants & Food

Puerto Natales has some nice restaurants and is known for good food but I found all of it to be overpriced, as in, you pay a lot and don't get much on your plate. Often you get mashed potato with meals here but it's nearly always instant mash. I found the prices of food in Puerto Natales to be the most expensive
Chile Photo - Mural of Torres del Paine and an indigenous man in Puerto Natales.
Mural of Torres del Paine and an indigenous man in Puerto Natales.
in Chile and South America actually! I ended up eating a lunch and dinner of hotdogs and french fries most days at a place called La Repizza at 284 Blanco Encalada (street) 1 block from the plaza. Did I mention that Hospedaje Gloria where I stayed serves a mighty good breakfast? Of course if you stay in a hostel they have kitchens where you can cook but the food at the supermarket isn't that cheap either!

Bus to Punta Arenas

From Puerto Natales it takes 3hrs by bus to get back to Punta Arenas for further travel or flights up to Puerto Montt and Santiago.











     

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My Hostel & Hotel Reviews for Puerto Natales, Chile:

Hospedaje Gloria, Puerto Natales, Chile - Large Photo
Hospedaje Gloria, Puerto Natales, Chile (November 2017 - 5 nights) - Puerto Natales doesn't offer many budget private rooms but I found Hospedaje Gloria luckily! Private room with a double bed, a heater, WIFI and TV, shared bathroom for $15000 pesos ($23USD). A dormitory in a hostel would cost you $9000 pesos. Gloria served a great breakfast each morning which is included in the price, good hot bread, cheese, jam, coffee, hot chocolate and tea. Located just 1 block from the main square and handy to shops and the supermarket. Recommended!

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