Within the southern Patagonia area close to Torres del Paine are the destination cities in Chile of Punta Arenas – where you will land if flying in from Santiago or arriving on an Australis ship; and Puerto Natales, also an incoming landing place for flights on certain days from Santiago. Puerto Natales is also the closest village to Torres del Paine. Across the border in Argentina is El Calafate (a 6hr transfer from either Torres del Paine or from Puerto Natales) from where you can go and see the large and impressive Perito Moreno Glacier. North from El Calafate is the new trekking destination of El Chalten – a 3 hr road transfer from El Calafate. In the far south of the Patagonia is the city of Ushuaia, in Argentina, beside the historic Beagle Channel and the principal departure port from trips to the Antarctic.
Torres del Paine
Puerto Natales is the closest village to Torres del Paine, which is only a one-hour drive entering from the west or a two-hour drive entering from the east.
Punta Arenas is accessible by a 4hr flight from Santiago, often with a short stop-over in Puerto Montt. The Southern-most city of the American continent.
El Chalten is a very small touristic village located beyond the northern end of Lake Viedma and within the Los Glaciares National Park 200klometers north from El Calafate.
The first time the name Ushuaia appeared in writing was when, in 1869, the English missionary Waite Hockin Stirling documented his experiences of living with the Yamana people.
El Calafate is the gateway to the large Perito Moreno Glacier and trekking at El Chalten. It is also a stop-off on the way to Torres del Paine in Chile and Ushuaia in southern Argentina.