Puerto Natales, Chile Cruise Port
If you want to be surrounded by natural beauty, take a cruise through the South Pacific Ocean to Golfo Almte Montt and the Ultima Esperanza Sound, which will bring you to Puerto Natales, Chile. Located in the southernmost part of Chilean Patagonia (one of South America's more sparsely populated regions), Puerto Natales is the only city in the Ultima Esperanza province. Inhabited only by indigenous people for centuries, Spanish explorer Juan Ladrillero was the first European to find the province in 1557 (whose name means "Last Hope") while looking for the Strait of Magellan. It eventually became a popular place for intrepid adventurers to explore. However, Puerto Natales itself was founded in 1911 as a port for the sheep industry. Today, it's a popular tourist base, especially for excursions to other parts of southern Chile. Here are some of our favorite experiences for the cruise port of Puerto Natales, Chile:
One of the most visited attractions is Parque Nacional Torres del Paine, part of the UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. With its granite pillars towering over the landscape, there are many other features of the park worth taking a look, including the many animals that grace the terrain. Keep an eye out for Andean condors, flamingos, pumas, and the endangered Andean deer called huemul.
The massive construction called Grey Glacier is more than just ice: There's an island in the middle. Available to view via tour only, it's worth it to see the huge glacier close up and take in its unique blue color (despite its name).
Nordenskjold Lake is full of color, both in the water and within the flora and fauna on its shores. The depth of the lake is perfect for water sports and there's a section where the brave can take a swim – although be prepared for it to be a cold one! The mountainous backdrop gives it an extra layer of beauty.
About 15 miles northwest of Puerto Natales is the Cueva del Milodón Natural Monument. Here, you'll find caves (first used by prehistoric tribes), and a rock formation called the Silla del Diablo (Devil's Chair).