Puerto Natales is a port town in Chilean Patagonia, with population around 20,000. It is the capital of Chile's Ultima Esperanza province - one of the 4 combined into Magallanes and Antartica Chilena Region (country's southernmost part). Puerto Natales is approx 247 km (153 ml) northwest of Punta Arenas.
- Puerto Natales is the final passenger call port for Navimag ferries (Señoret Channel) and primary transition point for travellers to Chile's Torres del Paine National Park.
- The settlement was discovered by the Spanish explorer Juan Ladrillero (1490-1559) in 1557, who was looking for the western passage of Strait of Magellan. It was then settled by European immigrants (mainly British, Germans, Spaniards, Greeks, Italians) and later settled by Chilean people, most of whom were from Chiloe Island.
- Puerto Natales was officially founded on May 31, 1911. Nowadays, its major industries are tourism, aquaculture and cattle breeding. The town has many tourist facilities and is the base for tours to Torres del Paine National Park (UNESCO reserve) popular for its mountainous "torres" (“towers”) - impressive rock formations.
Puerto Natales cruise terminal
Puerto Natales is among the ports of call on itineraries that include cruising through the Patagonian channels and Chilean fjords in the Tierra del Fuego provinces of Chile and Argentina.
Puerto Natales tours, shore excursions, hotels
City Tours and Shore Excursions
Angostura Kirke Narrows
Port Puerto Natales cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Puerto Natales, Chile. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.