Punta Arenas is known for being the gateway to Antarctica—but travelers to this working town in the south of Chile know that it’s the gateway to Patagonia, too. Intrepid outdoorsmen sometimes stop for the night to enjoy modern amenities and the comforts of urban life before heading out to Puerto Natales—the base for a popular trek to Torres del Paine.
Located 245 kilometers outside Punta Arenas, Pureto Natales is one of the premier destinations for travelers seeking to get up close to the impressive Patagonia landscape.
Less adventurous visitors to Punta Arenas can take advantage of the city’s ports, which welcome plenty of ships that cruise past massive glaciers and offer uninterrupted views of the icy cliffs and towering mountains this region is known for. And nearby Reserva Nacional Magallanes offers easy to moderate hiking paths that span nearly 40 scenic miles through natural forests and mountain passes that offer travelers a true taste of Patagonia.