Things to do in Puerto Natales

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Puerto Natales: Torres del Paine Full Day Tour

1. Puerto Natales: Torres del Paine Full Day Tour

Start the tour with pick up from your accommodation and set off for the Torres del Paine National Park. After arriving access the park through Portería Laguna Amarga, where you will be able to get an excellent view of the Paine Towers. As you venture through the park, observe a wide variety of native fauna and flora. Make several stops at the main viewpoints to appreciate the uniqueness of the landscape and the magnitude of the Paine Massif from different perspectives. At Midday, stop for lunch before continuing the itinerary toward Grey Lake. Here, enjoy a 1-hour hike through an ancient Lenga forest and along Grey Lake Beach. From this side of the park, it is possible to enjoy the view of the West face of the Paine Massif and the intense blue hues of Grey’s glacial ice. Once your adventure in the park is over, drive back to Puerto Natales. On the way, stop by the Mylodon Cave Natural Monument, of the Pleistocene era. Return to the city by about 7 PM.

Puerto Natales: Base of the Towers Day Hike

2. Puerto Natales: Base of the Towers Day Hike

Go a full-day 18 km trek and discover the breathtaking scenery leading to the granite pillars of Torres del Paine National Park, including the Lake Nordenskjöld and the Almirante Nieto Mountain. After transportation to the national park, your trek starts at the gateway just before Hotel Las Torres beginning with a downhill walk towards the Valle del Ascencio, until reaching El Chileno Mountain Lodge. The trial continues through a Millenial Lenga forest until the base of the rock formation where you will begin the challenging ascent to the base of Torres del Paine for panoramic views of Torre Sur, Torre Central, Torre Norte and Cerro Nido de Cóndor. Once you are done sightseeing and enjoying the beauty that Torres Del Paine has to offer, walk down to Hotel Las Torres. From there which you can relax and rest your legs as you are driven back to the hotel in Puerto Natales.

Puerto Natales: Full-Day Torres del Paine Tour

3. Puerto Natales: Full-Day Torres del Paine Tour

Your day begins as you are collected from your accommodation between 7:30AM and 8:00AM in the morning. From there, begin your beautiful trip to Patagonia to visit one of the 8 Wonders of the World: the Torres del Paine National Park. Travel along the coast before jumping onto Route No. 9 in the direction of the village of Cerro Castillo, which was the home of the famous Tierra del Fuego Exploiting Society. Along the route and traveling between Patagonian landscapes, enter the Torres del Paine National Park, a real spectacle where guanacos, condors, and ñandú usually accompany the beautiful views of the park. Visit all the main lookouts of the park, among them Nordenskjold Lake, Pehoe, and the beautiful Salto Grande, the latter of which where you take a small walk of about 30 minutes to get closer for some views. Along the way, encounter lakes, rivers, and a great variety of flora and wildlife. There is then a stop for lunch in the park before you resume your trip to your final stop, the lake alongside Gray Glacier which is a part of the Southern Ice Field. Whilst there, take a beautiful walk through an old lenga forest to the beach of this amazing lake to appreciate its icebergs. On the way back to Puerto Natales, pass by the Milodon Cave, a huge natural formation where it is believed that primitive man and the Milodon Darwini, an extinct animal that lived in Patagonia 10,000 years ago, had inhabited. Whilst at this fascinating cave, take a short walk to learn about its beauty and history.

From El Calafate: Torres del Paine Full Day Tour

4. From El Calafate: Torres del Paine Full Day Tour

Embark on a fascinating excursion to Torres del Paine, departing from El Calafate. Hike through a stunning national park, surrounded by glaciers, lakes, and waterfalls. Take in mesmerizing landscapes, explore a variety of natural landmarks, and enjoy an included lunch. Get picked up from your hotel and take the road to the Republic of Chile border crossing. After the customs and immigration procedures, meet your guide and begin to travel the last 80 kilometers to the National Park. Gaze at the Mirador del Lago Sarmiento de Gamboa, the Saltos del Río Paine, the upper viewpoint of Cerro Almirante Nieto/Cuernos del Paine, and the entrance to Laguna Amarga. Once inside the Torres del Paine National Park, dive into the different trekking trails and receive your packed lunch. Follow a trail from the Salto Grande and enjoy a low-difficulty walk towards the Mirador de Los Cuernos del Paine, on the shores of Lake Nordenskjold. Then, back in the vehicle, begin the ride to Lake Pehoé, the last viewpoint, overlooking the Cuernos del Paine and the French Valley. Continue exploring and getting to know the southernmost part of Chilean Patagonia. Learn about its flora and fauna on your return to Calafate.

Puerto Natales: Base of the Towers Trekking Experience

5. Puerto Natales: Base of the Towers Trekking Experience

Following a 2-hour drive you will arrive to Hotel las Torres. Following a safety briefing from your guide, the excursion will begin. The track takes you up into the Asencio River Valley, and 2 hours later you will arrive in El Chileno, a camping site where your hike will continue through a dense forested area. There you can also admire a small stream which flows from the Almirante Nieto peak. The path brings you to a moraine, where the slope steepens until the Paine Towers viewpoint, which sits at 890 meters above sea level. At the viewpoint you will enjoy incredible views of the three towers, and will also have some time to have lunch and rest for your return journey. If weather conditions permit it, you will be able to observe one of the most spectacular views worldwide. You will return along the same path to “Hosteria Las Torres”, where your bus will be waiting. Your approximate time of arrival back to Puerto Natales is 9:00PM.

Torres del Paine: Full-Day Trekking Excursion

6. Torres del Paine: Full-Day Trekking Excursion

Spend a day exploring Torres del Paine National Park and enjoy the splendid natural beauty of Chilean Patagonia. This medium-to-difficult hike offers incredible views of the park's 3 famous peaks – Torres d'Agostini, Torres Central and Torres Monzin, all on a day trip from Puerto Natales.  The adventure begins with pickup from your accommodation in Puerto Natales at 6:30 AM. Travel north for 2 hours to reach the starting point of the trek. After a quick briefing with the local guide, start the walk crossing a bridge over the Asencio River. Trek for 1.5 hours to reach Refugio El Chileno, shrouded in forest and in the shadow of the spectacular Monte Nieto Almirante. After a short stop at El Chileno, continue for 2-2.5 hours along a steeper section of trail to the main lookout.  Reach the main lookout of Las Torres at the eastern end of the lagoon, from where you will have a spectacular view of the three granite peak as well as the Peineta and Nido de Condores hills.  Stop and enjoy your packed lunch while admiring the views. After the break, return to the base along the same path. Following the trek, hotel drop-off will be provided in Puerto Natales.

From Puerto Natales: Full-Day French Valley Hike

7. From Puerto Natales: Full-Day French Valley Hike

Begin your morning with an early morning pickup from your accommodation and head towards Torres del Paine National Park. After an approximately 2-hour drive, arrive at Pudeto sector to embark on a 30-minute catamaran ride towards the Paine Grande camping site. Upon arrival, your hike towards the French Valley begins. Walk along Pehoe Lake while enjoying the view of Paine Horns. Once reaching the “Italiano Campsite”, continue on until the spectacular French Valley lookout. At this point you will also be able to observe the magnificent granite formations of the Paine Massif. Take a path part of the W-trail, and in 1.5-hours arrive at the French Valley lookout where it's possible to see the three peaks of Hoja, Espada, and Fortaleza. Take a break at the lookout to rest and have lunch. Return by the same route you came to embark again on the catamaran by Paine Grande Refugio towards Pudeto. After your 20-kilometer hike relax during your drive back to Puerto Natales with an arrival time of about 8:00 PM.

From Puerto Natales: Torres del Paine National Park Day Tour

8. From Puerto Natales: Torres del Paine National Park Day Tour

Departure from Puerto Natales towards Torres del Paine National Park in our shared transport. Entrance to the sector of Laguna Amarga, where we can appreciate Torres del Paine. Start the tour through the paths of the park, where we will observe its particular flora and fauna, admire the stunning views of the Paine Massif. We will stop at the main viewpoints to make an appreciation of the landscape and its spectacular features. We will have lunch in the Park and continue with our tour in the Park. We headed to Lake Grey for an hour’s trek, past an ancient lenga forest and the spectacular view of the Paine Massif from its west face with its intense and incredible blue tones of the ice of the Grey Glacier, part of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field. Start of the return to Puerto Natales by the sector of Portería Serrano. To finish our tour we will visit the Natural Monument Cueva del Milodón, from the time of the Pleistocene. 21:00 approximately, return to Puerto Natales and your accommodation.

From Puerto Natales: Torres del Paine National Park Trip

9. From Puerto Natales: Torres del Paine National Park Trip

The firt stop will be made in the thousand-year-old Milodón cave. A enormous natural accident with an incalculable anthropological value where is believed that the Patagonia primitive man lived close to the Milodón , a extinct herbivorous animal. After a 30 minutes trek another stop in El Castillo hill, cafeteria service available. A whole preamble before arriving at Torres del Paine National Park along the area of Laguna Amarga ( bitter lagoon). An real spectacle in which species of Red foxes and Condors use to join the beautiful panoramic sight of the Paine´s massif. A short distance ahead the Norsdenskjold and Pehoé lakes can be observed in company with guanacos and rheas. The tour continues with a 10 minutes trek which will make possible for you to discover the marvelous Salto Grande ( grand jump) and you will face the imposing cuernos ( horns) and get the Gray Lake. In the afternoon the outing goes to the area of the glacier, there will a break for 1 ½ hr after the trek through the lengas ( native three) forest and on the Grey Glacier´s floes. The return trip ends when we arrive at Puerto Natales and leave the passenger at bus terminal or hotels.

From Puerto Natales: Torres del Paine Tour with Transfer

10. From Puerto Natales: Torres del Paine Tour with Transfer

Experience the most beautiful sights of Torres del Paine National Park on a guided trip with transportation in an air-conditioned van. Enjoy the highlights of this amazing natural park on a tour departing from Puerto Natales. View highlights like the Milodon Cave and the snowy peak of Cerro Castillo.  Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from your accommodation in Puerto Natales. Sit back and relaxed in a comfortable and climate-controlled van. Take in panoramic views across the park from view points like Mirador Sarmiento, Mirador Lago, and Mirador Peho.  Pass by beautiful lakes like Lago Grey and Lago Nordenskjold and take in views of the Cascada Paine falls. Capture pictures of the distinctive granite peaks that give the park its name. Soak up the park's unique features like the Amarga lagoon and Salto Grande.  Get to know the park's distinctive geology, including glaciers, lakes, and mountains. Learn about the park's history, flora, and fauna from your guide along the way. Return to your starting point at the end of your tour. 

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What people are saying about Puerto Natales

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 158 reviews

An amazing trip with very knowledgeable guide and driver who not only took their time in allowing us to view the set view points but made many stops when we came across wild life. Due to the weather, which was very windy, our one hour hike was cancelled for our safety which is part of being in Patagonia. Hotel stop for lunch was perfect with spectacular views of the grey lake and glacier.

Superb trip! Our guide Camilla and driver Pablo were top notch! We are a small group and the explanations are very interesting. This allows you to see very beautiful viewpoints in one day. We recommend!

Excellent activity, the guides are very attentive and good at guiding. I would definitely recommend this tour. Grateful to the team of guides for the experience, the teachings and the dedication.

This was a fantastic hike. Antonio was a great guide. We went at a good pace and Antonio stayed back with some of the slower hikers so everyone still felt part of the group.

A very good guide unique experience and incredible landscapes.