Puerto Natales - General Info

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Where is Puerto Natales?

Puerto Natales is a port city on the eastern shore of the Señoret Channel in Chile’s southern Patagonia. It’s the gateway to Torres del Paine National Park to the northwest.

It is only a few miles from the Argentinian border.

Entrance Notes and Cautions:

Puerto Natales used to be a friendly stop for cruisers, however the fishing harbour no longer welcomes visiting yachts. It is really only possible to anchor here, a pity, as it’s a useful stop to visit the Balmaceda and Serrano glacierss for boats touring the Patagonian fjords.

Puerto Natales Position:

51° 44’S, 72° 31’W

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  1. December 22, 2016 at 9:58 PM
    Data Entry5 says:

    20 December – Update: Travelift still not operating.

  2. April 8, 2016 at 11:24 AM
    Data Entry5 says:

    Posted on behalf of James Burwick:

    The news in Natales is good
    There is a new marine travel lift 50T operating with a water depth of 5m
    Opening date is Nov 2016.

    In the meantime vessels can be taken out of the water by a 50 T local crane that can lift boats onto the main pier and transfer them to a trailer or short-term work can be done on the pier itself. There is space in the hard stand area for storage and/or work.

  3. November 17, 2014 at 1:37 PM
    Data Entry5 says:

    Posted on behalf of James Burwick:

    We have been now a week here. There are several places to pull out a centre border or a cat. Not yacht style, so if a skipper has experience then no problem. There is a fishing co-op that has a big gallon and larger hardstand area. Getting out here with a crane is easy.

    The closest crane is in Punta Arenas 3 hours drive. Fee is as always paying for the transport time. Getting a few boats together to share the cost would work. Especially in late season when the wind drops.

    This is a great place to be on the hard for the winter. The town is very nice. It is quite international now. The Costanera has been paved with concrete. Bike path, rollerblade, 2 skateparks – one of which is extreme. To figure out prices it is Chilean style, unpublished, “conversable”.