Walking Puerto Natalas

Walking Puerto Natalas, Puerto Natales, Chile (B)

It’s easy to overlook Puerto Natalas. As the gateway to Patagonia, it sits in the shadow of the eighth natural wonder of the world at the base of Torres del Paine National Park. So hiking-booted folks often dash through the town on their way to see the great natural towers. But Puerto Natalas deserves some time, as this tiny town in the bottom of Chile fashions fun history around the story of big feet, “Patagonia.”

Like most other hikers to Patagonia, I hadn’t planned on spending many day-time hours in Puerto Natalas. My eyes, too, were set on grander vistas. But a bum knee kept me off a planned 15-mile hike, so I had to make the best of a lemons-to-lemonade day.

When the free walking tour guide didn’t show up, I took matters into my own hands. The Visitor’s Center staff provided a map with suggested highlights, and off I went on a 3-mile meander through town accompanied by a new friend from Spain I met on the sidewalk. She was also in the same situation as me.

Our first stop was the giant milodon, an ancient oversized sloth, in the middle of the street. It’s the welcoming gate to Puerto Natalas, and reminds folks that bones of this magical creation were found nearby. Granted, a full skelton has never been uncovered, so its the imagination of what a milodon might look like that welcomes adventurers to town. Around the milodon on this day was a pack of stray dogs monitoring traffic around this large dinosaur. It was more fun watching the dogs! ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: Walking Puerto Natalas
Guide Location: Chile » Puerto Natales
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Author: Chris Englert
Read it on Author's Website: http://eatwalklearn.com/index.php/2019/03/11/walking-puerto-natalas/
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Visitor’s Center
  • giant milodon
  • Monumiento La Mano
  • Muelle Fiscal and Muelle Maritomo
  • Jump Point
  • Museo Histórico Municipal
  • Plaza de Armas square
  • Pueblo Artesanal Market
  • Cemetery
  • Monumiento al Minero
  • Plaza Bernardo O’Higgins
  • La Picada de Carlitos