O`Higgins 584, Puerto Natales, 61- 414137, Chile
More about Puerto Natales
Boots off to cross the freezing river!!
Glacier Serrano - viewing point
Torres del Paine: guanaco
bus to PN from Punta Arenas
I'll be arriving to Punta Arenas by plane from Santiago and then, after few days we want to move to Puerto Natales and TdP national park. could anyone help us and give some tips about the best option how to get there? are there any direct buses from Punta Arenas to Puerto Natales? how long such a way can take? what are the costs?
i would appreciate very much any tips
RE: bus to PN from Punta Arenas
Travelling by bus from Punta Arenas to Puerto Natales is very easy. There are a couple of companies; we had 'Buses Fernandez'. It takes 3 hours and the cost for one way is 4.000 Chilean pesos (last year).
You can book your ticket one/two day(s) before travelling at the office of the company; ask in your hotel or hostel and they will help you.
RE: bus to PN from Punta Arenas
Very Very easy. Basically Every day morning around 11:00
Cost now about 6000- 7000 peso which is about 12-14 USD.
RE: RE: bus to PN from Punta Arenas
A couple of years ago, we rented a car at the Puerto Natales airport and drove to the park. We were very glad that we did because we had total access to the park. We did not see a single bus in the park during our November trip. Perhaps now there are more "in park" buses?
Travel Tips for Puerto Natales
Asado al palo
Custom of the Natalinos is to meet with family or their friends, to take some wine and do roasting to the wood is made lamb generally. I had the opportunity to share with an group of friend of born Natales we spend incredible time
Costumbre de los Natalinos es reunirse en familia con los amigos, tomar vino y hacer un asado al palo generalmente se hace cordero. Tuve la oportunidad de compartir con un grupo de amigo originales de natales pasamos un rato increíble
Torres del Paine - buses
The park is 3 hours from Puerto Natales. The transportation can be arranged at the majority of guesthouses and hotels, but also at the bus agencies spread over the center. There are buses leaving every morning at 7:00 to 8:00 a.m. (don?t remember the exact time...), they stop in front of the guesthouse, and it?s better to pay them the day before. What people usually do is to buy the two-way ticket, and then keep the return ticket and use it whenever they decide to do so.
The first stop is in Laguna Amarga, where everyone has to register and pay the entrance ticket. There you can also get lots of informations with the guards. The entrance costs for about 8000 chilean pesos (that was the price in october 2003) for foreigners, which would be aprox. 13 or 14 dolars; there are no discount for students...=(
From Lago Pehoe we continued our trip to the Visitor Centre of the park with some interesting exhibits, some useful maps and other information.
After crossing the River Grey the gravel road became VERY bad and our speed was often not more than 20 km !! But we reached, really shaken up, the parking place opposite the Guarderia Lago Grey. We walked to Lago Grey with the Grey Glacier more or less in the clouds. But on our side of the lake were huge icebergs floating in the water.
Everywhere in Patagonia the wind is blowing, but on this spot we had a real gale and it was almost impossible to walk back to our car. We were happy wearing an extra sweater today. In Hosteria Lago Grey we had our (late) lunch with a splendid view of the glaciers.
(See for more options around Lago Grey: http://www.lagogrey.cl/excursions.php)
One of the entrances to the National Park Towers of the Paine, the name of the lagoon it is due to its bitter flavor, with high contents of salts, which are concentrated by evaporation, leaving a white layer in the border that contrasts with the color of the lagoon. From here you can appreciate a very pretty view of the Towers of the Paine.
Una de entradas al Parque nacional Torres del Paine, Su nombre se debe a su sabor amorgo, con alto contenidos de sales, que se concentran por evaporación, dejando una capa blanca en la orilla que contrasta con el color de la laguna. Desde aquí puedes apreciar una vista muy linda de las Torres del Paine.
"more than a gateway to Torres del Paine"
Puerto Natales is a rather small town (about 20.000 inhabitants) with a lot of colourful houses, most of them with roofs of rusty corrugated sheets, beautifully located on the borders of the Seno Ultima Esperanza. It is the capital of the Ultima Esperanza province.
Puerto Natales has a small centre with most of the shops, banks, travel agencies and restaurants along Avenida Bulnes, Calle Eberhard and some sidestreets. But don’t expect spectacular (gift) shops; we couldn’t find one. Plaza de Armas, the main square, has the cathedral and town hall. Scattered around the town are lots of hostals, guesthouses and hotels. Puerto Natales offers a historical museum and even a casino.
Everything within Puerto Natales is on walkable distance and there is no need to take a taxi.
By far the most important about this town is the fact being the gateway to the national parks Torres del Paine and Bernardo O’Higgins. And most of the tourists are heading as soon as possible to one of these parks and will only stay one or two nights in Puerto Natales.
Puerto Natales is accessible by bus from Punta Arenas and El Calafate (Argentina) and by a (3 night) ferry boat from Puerto Montt (www.navimag.com). Sky Airline (www.skyairline.cl) started in 2009 with flights between Puerto Natales and Santiago and Punta Arenas.
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