Puerto Natales, Chilean Patagonia
I'm resuming my Patagonia travelogue after a bit of a gap. When we left off, we were travelling south, with the ultimate destination of Cape Horn, at the very tip of South America. Along the way, we stayed in several small towns. The first, Puerto Natales, is an isolated little place of about 17,000 people. It is the only settlement in 19,000 sq. miles of the province Última Esperanza (Last Hope). It used to be a port for the sheep industry, and was originally settled by Germans, British, Croats, Greeks, Italians and Spaniards. Nowadays, most of the town caters to backpackers. It is a bustling place, full of shops and restaurants, with a harbor and streets of tin houses. We enjoyed our day there, and even found a little brewpub serving Natales beer.
Dec 19, 2014