Puerto Natales as a town is a small, relatively out of the way kind of place. There’s not a whole lot going on there, and it’s not the sort of place you’d visit for the town alone. People come to Puerto Natales for Torres del Paine National Park. It’s undoubtedly the most popular hike inPatagonia. There are two options for hiking, the 4-5 day ‘W’ circuit or the 8-9 day full circuit. Since we were on to the third hike in 3 weeks we opted for the ‘W’, from east to west.
The entry fees alone for Torres del Paine are steep, 15000 Chilean pesos just to enter the park, then if you don’t have your own gear you’re wallet is in for a surprise. We had our own gear and still ended up handing over about £80 just in fees and getting to/from the national park, but it was well worth it.