ACTIVITIES IN TORRES DEL PAINE AND PUERTO NATALES
Puerto Natales is the starting point of this adventure. From touring the city with its attractive and colorful shops offering clothing and equipment for outdoor activities, bike rentals and souvenirs, to strolling along the waterfront together with the Señoret Channel, there are many places to visit around the city.
24 kilometers away is the Cueva del Milodón National Monument, an impressive cave that was the habitat of the milodón which was an impressive herbivorous animal that became extinct more than 10,000 years ago.
Navigating in the Fjord of Nueva Esperanza, 260 nautical miles from Puerto Natales you can find the Bernardo O'Higgins National Park as well, which has beautiful natural landscapes such as the Serrano and Balmaceda. From here and navigating through the Serrano River, you can reach the Torres del Paine National Park.
The best way to see a panoramic view from the heights of Puerto Natales is to climb the Cerro Dorotea, with 800 meters. From its summit you can see the entire city, the fjord Nueva Esperanza , the Patagonian mountain ranges and the territory that extends to Argentina.
112 kilometers north of the city we arrive to the Torres del Paine National Park. To get here you must take Route CH-19, paved, which is open throughout the year, but it is recommended to travel with chains during the cold months.
Now in the Torres del Paine National Park hiking circuits are found that allow you to tour most of the attractions such as forests, lakes, valleys, hills and stunning scenery of the Southern Patagonia.
The best time to tour around is during the summer, offering 17 hours of light allowing you can see all its corners. The sunrise and sunset are an incredible spectacle, especially when looking at the mountain range of the Cuernos del Paine.
This park has 97 miles of trails to tour, whether walking, riding on horse or car. Besides this, it offers many accommodations to suit all tastes, from luxury hotels, nice camping areas and shelters that can be shared with other visitors and get to know people from around the world.
We recommend visiting the Torres del Paine Park for at least 3 days to see the main attractions and enjoy the spectacular view of the Torres and Cuernos del Paine with a clear day. Because of its unpredictable weather, even in summer it is recommended to bring warm clothes and dress in layers, especially because of the winds that exist in all seasons. You must always wear sun glasses and sun block.
In the Torres del Paine National Park, all types of outdoor activities may be performed: hiking for beginners and professional, rock climbing, sailing through the rivers, sport fishing, observation and photography of flora and fauna, and much more in this natural paradise of the Chilean Patagonia.