Attractions around Puerto Natales
Located 5 km north of Puerto Natales, along the shore of the Fiordo Última Esperanza by the coast road. It is the main industrial complex in the city, and is run by the Sociedad Explotadora Tierra del Fuego. It was started in 1915 to process the meat produced by the ranches in the area.
It operated until the 1970s, functioning as an abattoir and meat processing plant. Two fires destroyed a large part of the facilities, but some of the houses of the administration personnel are preserved. It was declared a National Monument in 1996.
This is located 11 km from Puerto Natales on Ruta 9 Sur. It is in the Sierra Dorotea, which was formed approximately 72 million years ago and is composed of sedimentary rock. The look-out point is 600 meters above sea level and from there you can see the glaciated countryside that surrounds Puerto Natales.
Located in the vicinity of Puerto Natales, on the Península Antonio Varas. Tourist activities such as visits to see the work of the ranch are offered here, as well as meals typical of the region.
Estancia El Palenque
Located 20 km south of Puerto Natales, on this ranch you will find a farm where llamas and alpacas are raised.
Península Antonio Varas
Located opposite Puerto Varas 1,460 meters from the Canal Señoret; you can get there by sea in 10 minutes.
It has a surface area of 85 km2, and its shores are washed by the waters of the Fiordo Worsley, Golfo Almirante Montt, Canal Señoret, Fiordo Última Esperanza, Fiordo Erezcano and Laguna Azul.
This is a small village of 400 inhabitants, 57 km northwest of Puerto Natales. The majority of the local people are involved in cattle ranching.
There are some attractive buildings in the village, which date from the beginning of the last century and belonged to what was the Cerro Castillo ranch. Traditional cultural activities are organized in spring and summer.
This extensive lake is 28 km from Puerto Natales. The Río Hollemberg flows out of it into the Golfo Almirante Montt. In the neighboring areas you can enjoy sports, camping and watching birds like the black-necked swans, ducks, gulls and other species.
Located 32 km from Puerto Natales, this small lake is set in evergreen native forest. Fishing is available here.
Located 26 km from Puerto Natales on Ruta 9 Norte heading towards Torres del Paine National Park. There is a variety of vegetation here, and views of the mountains. A walk is sure to produce sightings of various species of birds. The larger lake is called Laguna Dorotea and the smaller one is Laguna Chica.
Located 30 km northwest of Puerto Natales between the Sierra Señoret and Cerro Benítez, beside the Cueva del Milodón. Throughout the summer it is used as a holiday resort for water sports and fishing.
Located 7 km northwest of Puerto Natales, this is a historic ranch that started in 1893 as a product of the colonization of the area. It was a German, Hernán Eberhard, who was first granted permission to occupy the lands, and the ranch is still run by members of his family.
This can only be accessed by sea, so ask about schedules in Puerto Natales. It is an inlet of the sea with tranquil waters, opposite the Puerto Bories area.
Seno Última Esperanza
This sound connects Puerto Natales with the Balmaceda and Serrano ice-fields. It was named Seno Última Esperanza in 1557 by the navigator Juan Ladrilleros. You enter it by crossing the Paso del Kirke.
This can only be accessed by sea, so ask about schedules in Puerto Natales.
Located in Parque Nacional Bernardo O’Higgins, this glacier forms part of the Campo de Hielo Sur. It is a 2,035 meter long hanging glacier, which deposits its ice-floes into the Fiordo Última Esperanza. This can only be accessed by sea, so ask about schedules in Puerto Natales.
This glacier, which runs down from Monte Balmaceda, is part of the Campo de Hielo Sur. You can get there by sea in excursions that leave from Puerto Natales. Ask about schedules.
Located in Parque Nacional Bernardo O’Higgins, this fiord gives access to the glaciers of the Fiordo Calvo nucleus. There is an area of vegetation and a variety of fauna. Its surroundings are characterized by hills with waterfalls. It can only be accessed by sea from Puerto Natales.
This fiord presents a concentrated group of beautiful glaciers, noted for their variety, size, and bluish white color, and surrounded by evergreen thickets. It is located in the Parque Nacional Bernardo O’Higgins and can only be accessed by sea.
From time to time enormous pieces of ice can be seen falling into the water, which is an awesome sight.
A long fiord located in Parque Nacional Bernardo O’Higgins, noted for its extensive grasslands combined with rocky areas. This can only be accessed by sea.
This inlet of the sea gives access to a group of glaciers, a beautiful trip. It is in Parque Nacional Bernardo O’Higgins and can only be accessed by sea.
Canal de las Montañas
This channel is located in the Reserva Nacional Alacalufes, six hours` journey from Puerto Natales, and is a beautiful place to appreciate the characteristics of the Patagonian seascape, with its fiords, sounds and glaciers. It is 66 km long, its waters are tranquil and a number of plant and animal species inhabit the area.
Located 45 km from Puerto Natales on Ruta 9 Norte, this small lake is surrounded by vegetation, which supports a large population of birds. The waters are tranquil, making for good fishing.
Glaciar Pío XI
This is largest glacier in South America at 64 km long, measured to its outflow into the Fiordo Eyre, and covering 1,265 km2. It is located in Parque Nacional Bernardo O’Higgins in the Campo de Hielo Sur.
Every 5 or 10 minutes great masses of ice break away producing huge waves. It is estimated that it grows by an average of 50 meters a day, a rate unique in the world.
The only way to access it is by sea from Puerto Natales.
Located in Parque Nacional Bernardo O’Higgins and surrounded by abundant vegetation, snowy hills and mountain chains.
It has a glacier, which is part of the Glaciar Pío XI, with a 6 km-wide outflow. The only way to access it is by sea from Puerto Natales.
Noted for its climatic instability and its dense forests. There is a large variety of birds inhabiting the area. It is difficult to approach due to the enormous ice- floes floating around it, but it can be appreciated from a distance. It is located in Parque Nacional Bernardo O’Higgins and can only be accessed by sea.
From this point it is possible to gain access to the Glaciar Pío XI on foot. You will find a lot of plant life, predominantly bushes. You can also appreciate the large numbers of aquatic birds that inhabit the area.
The peninsula is located in Parque Nacional Bernardo O’Higgins and can only be accessed by sea.
This is the river that flows from Lago Balmaceda into the Golfo Almirante Montt, 24 km from Puerto Natales.
In this river you can fish, and also observe different species of birds.
From the lake you get the most beautiful view of the Cuernos del Paine, located in Torres del Paine National Park. Its waters are green and at times the mountains are reflected in them.
This glacier is part of the Campo de Hielo Patagónico Sur and is in the Torres del Paine National Park. It is wonderful to see the floating glaciers with their peculiar colors and shapes.
Noted for its rocky formation and the grayish color which the rocks impart to the water. It is estimated to be 500 meters deep.
From here you can view the Paine massif, and see enormous chunks of ice falling into the water, providing an amazing spectacle.
153 km from Puerto Natales, this lake forms a natural border to Torres del Paine National Park in its south-western sector. It is an incredible place to hike and fish.
It is 38 km long and lies between Seno de Última Esperanza and Lago Toro.
You can access it by land or sea. Information can be obtained in Puerto Natales.
7 meters wide and 19 km long, the glacier comes down to the edge of Lago Grey, on which float the great masses of ice which break off at intervals.
There is an island or nunatak where visitors can walk and get close to the glacier.
This is the biggest waterfall on the Río Paine. It empties into Lake Nordenskhold acacia el Lago Pehoé. Its surroundings are a combination of green vegetation and rocky formations.
This is the largest lake in the region, with an area of 202 mt2. It is 320 meters deep and has a number of peninsulas and inlets where you can see a variety of species of plants and animals.
Bahía El Bote
89 km northwest of Puerto Natales. It forms a long stretch of the shore of Lago Toro, and is set among large mountains. There is an area with a campsite and services.