This is undeniably an adventure tourism tourist hot-spot, and much of the traditional charm has given way to catering to international visitors. However, the historic corrugated tin houses, great choice of cafes and restaurants, historic main square and the laid-back feel have a definite appeal. Condors fly above, the location and proximity to the Southern Ice Field is spectacular, the views and sunsets incredible, and the sense of both human and geological history is immensely atmospheric. There are plenty of activities such as kayaking, hiking and biking and, of course, it is the gateway to Torres del Paine.
Reasons to visit Puerto Natales include:
A small hotel on the edge of Last Hope Sound near Puerto Natales with comfy accommodation and superb views.
A large waterfront hotel with wonderful views of Last Hope Sound and within walking distance of central Puerto Natales
A distinctive modernist ecolodge with floor-to-ceiling windows, spacious social areas and rooms, and a wide choice of activities to suit guests' abilities and preferences.
Cruise through the ice fields of southern Chile on a comfortable cruise ship, enjoying shore and boat excursions each day led by knowledgeable guides.
Time: GMT -4 hours
There are direct flights from London Heathrow to Santiago, which operate 4 times a week and take 14 hours 40 minutes. The Chilean airline, LATAM, flies via Madrid.
Language: The official language is Spanish. but other local languages are also spoken. English is spoken quite widely.
Visas are not currently required for British passport holders staying for up to 90 days, who are issued with a ‘Tarjeta de Turismo-Tourist Card’ on arrival. You must retain this and present it to immigration on departure.
Generally none is compulsory but we recommend the following: hepatitis A and B, typhoid, diphtheria, meningitis, tetanus, rabies and polio. There is no malaria in Chile. A yellow fever certificate is required if you are coming from an infected area.