The city of Puerto Natales is located 247 km to the northwest of Punta Arenas, black-necked swans and seagulls welcome the visitor from its important misty dock, typical of this tourist and livestock center. It is provincial capital of Última Esperanza (“Last Hope”), and it is placed at sea level at Señoret Channel and in front of the Patagonian Andes Mountain Range. It is the main door to amazing natural landscapes such as the world-known Torres del Paine National Park, the Natural Monument Milodón Cave, and Los Glaciares National Park. In winter, you may go to the ski slopes in Río Turbio, and by sea to the mountain glaciers Balmaceda and Serrano and to the seven glaciers placed in the Mountains Canal. From the smooth slope where it lies, there is to see the Riesco Mountain Range, the Massif Paine and the snowdrift of the South Ice Field.
It has a population of 15,500 inhabitants, and it is the starting point to set out to the most popular tourist spots, such as (apart from Torres del Paine) Señoret and Mountains Canal, Sofía, Diana and Dorotea Lagoons, Balmaceda and Toro Lakes, Dorotea and Prat Mountains, Admiral Montt gulf, Swans and Guanaco Islands, Bories and Consuelo ports, the Fiscal dock, the Coastal Avenue, Kirke Pass, Antonio Varas peninsula, Serrano and Tres Pasos (Three Steps) Rivers, and the D’Agostino Museum. Apart from the National Park Bernardo O'Higgins (Balmaceda and Serrano snowdrift, Pío XI glacier and South Ice Fields) and the beforementioned Monument Natural Cave of the Milodón.
The splendid territory that surrounds Puerto Natales is dominated by livestock breeding homesteads, plots and small vegetable gardens that have the quality seal on every organic cultivated product. Among the attractions of the city, we can find: the Casino of Puerto Natales, the Municipal Museum, the Square with an old locomotive used at the industrial plant Bories, where the plant used to work with the production of the homesteads during the splendor period of “Stockbreeding Society of Tierra del Fuego”, founded in the beginning of the 20th Century.
Natales has a very good tourist infrastructure, with cafes, restaurants, a casino, small and picturesque shops, a history museum and travel agencies that offer panoramas you can’t miss! It owns an attractive hotel infrastructure that goes from big hotels to small hostels with personal service. The well-equipped airport links Puerto Natales with any part of the world.