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Puerto Natales City
Puerto Natales is a small town alongside Ultima Esperanza sound with a population of 19.000 inhabitants who make of it a peaceful place to live all year long. Near 254 kms. to Punta Arenas to the NW, has become a blessed place to develop commercial activities as tourism, fishing and farming.

The city has a good tourist infrastructure coffee shops, restaurants, a casino, small and picturesque shopping, a history museum, and travel agencies to provide all tourism services you may need. There is almost 100 lodging chances from bunk houses to fine hotels.

Puerto Natales comes from the Latin term natalis, which means birth. Was founded in 1911 and was colonized by people from the Chiloe Island, and by German and English colonists who, with their particular persistence, transformed the Patagonia into one of the most important cattle producers and exporters of the world, until the end of the seventies.

Location & Geography
The city is located at the bank of Channel Senoret inlet, which mixes its waters at the south with Almirante Montt gulf, a big interior sea and at the north with Ultima Esperanza fiord, named like this (Last Hope) by its discoverer in 1577, Juan de Ladrillero, who was desperately searching, without success, the west way out of the Magellan Strait.

Puerto Natales is 256 km. to Rio Gallegos (NE) (Argentina), 362 km. to Calafate (Argentina) (N), and 48 km. from Rio Turbio (Argentina) (N). Check How to get to Puerto Natales page for more information.

Main Attractions
One of the main atractions is La Cueva del Milodón 24 kms north, a cave with 200 meters deep and 80 meters wide that holds a replica of the animal whose remains where found by Captain Eberhard.

An easy walk is Frigorífico Bories, 4 km north, a a freezer built in 1913 to process wool and meat from local producers.

To know everything you can do in this zone goto Puerto Natales Excursions.

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