Parque Nacional Torres del Paine, considered to be South Americaâ€™s premier national park, is a two to three ride from Puerto Natales, and is the main tourist-draw to the area. With its famous majestic granite pillars and breathtaking landscape, the park is a must-see for extreme adventurists, outdoor enthusiasts, and anyone able to appreciate the wonders of nature. If you have a day or two to spare before embarking into the great outdoors, there are several smaller parks and points of interest in worth checking out:
The Museo HistÃ³rico Municipal features archaeological artifacts and historical photographs, as well as an exhibit on the 19th century European settlement of the town.
The Museo de Fauna Patagonica features a collection of over 350 taxidermied animals from around the area.
Just five kilometers north of town, Museo FrigorÃfico Puerto Bories offers interesting guided tours of the old meatpacking factory, which was awarded Monument status by the Chilean government.
See the Balmaceda and Serrano glaciers at Parque Nacional Bernardo Oâ€™Higgins. This national park is only accessible via a three-hour boat ride from Puerto Natales. On the way, you might catch a glimpse of dolphins and sea lions, as well as other Patagonian sea life.