Puerto Natales is the best starting point for an adventure in Torres del Paine National Park, Chile’s most famous natural wonder which attracts outdoor lovers from all over the world. As it’s the last city before entering the park, it’s also a good place to provide yourself food, gear, fuel and all kinds of supplies at a more affordable price.
Rock climbing is one of the top activities in Torres del Paine, a mecca of big wall climbing with many classic routes on its granite spires. Besides being technically difficult and demanding an excellent physical condition, Torres del Paine’s climbing routes present an extra challenge: dealing with the strong and cold winds.
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Puerto Natales has the peculiarity of being located on the eastern slope of the Andes, unlike most other Chilean cities. And although it is at sea level, the area presents a gentle upward slope and is surrounded by both the hills that belong to the Andes, as well as other independent mountain ranges.
A fantastic environment to prepare yourself and practice some rock climbing before venturing into Torres del Paine or other major challenges of big wall climbing.
It is a trans-Andean climate with persistence of winds from the southwest and an average intensity of 15 to 20 km/h. During the summer season, wind storms are frequent, and the average speed is 120 km/h or even more.
As for urban transport, Route 9 is the main access that connects it to the south with Punta Arenas, and to the north with Torres del Paine National Park. As for air transport, 7 km north of the city is the Teniente Julio Gallardo Aerodrome, which connects the city with Punta Arenas, Puerto Montt, Castro and Santiago de Chile. Finally, the Naviera de Magallanes offers a weekly service of cargo and passenger transport via ferry that connects the city with Puerto Montt, in Los Lagos region.
The southern summer (from October to April) is the best time to travel to Puerto Natales. More precisely, January and February are the hottest months.
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