If the weather is keeping you from heading out into Parque Nacional Torres del Paine, spend the time sheltered in the various museums of Puerto Natales:
Museo HistÃ³rico Municipal (summer: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-1 p.m., 3-7 p.m.; winter: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Bulnes 285, Tel.: 61-4808, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com. Entry: Chileans $1, foreigners $2, children to 12 years old free) â€” Excellent bilingual exhibits of the regionâ€™s history, from the original Kaweskar and AÃ³nikenk indigenous inhabitants to the industrial development by German and English immigrants in the 1930s.
Museo Salesiano de Fauna Antonio Romanato (Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Liceo Salesiano MonseÃ±or JosÃ© Fagnano, Rossa 1456, Tel.: 41-1258, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Entry: by donation).â€”Astounding collection of over 100 Patagonian fauna species, plus archaeological artifacts, sea shells and minerals.
Museo HistÃ³rico e Industrial (October 1-April 30 Tuesday-Sunday 10 a.m.-8 p.m., bilingual guides 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Ruta 9, 5 kilometers north of Puerto Natales, Puerto Bories, Tel.: 061-41-4328, URL: www.museopuertobories.cl. Entry: bilingual tour with guide $7, audio tour $5) â€” The former meat-processing plant of the Sociedad Explotadora Tierra del Fuego, shows the economic bases of old Patagonia. Declared a Historical Monument in 1996.
Puerto Natales, Chile
Fauna, industry, history
Relative price: Budget
Travel Skills: None
Parque Nacional Torres de Paine and other nature reserves, Cueva del MilodÃ³n.
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