Puerto Natales – Patagonia, Chile
Puerto Natales quickly became one of our favorite places in Patagonia. This small Chilean town is the gateway to Torres del Paine National Park, so we stopped here before and after the W Trek.
After five nights of backpacking, our bodies were tired and ready for rest. We didn't want to just lie around, but at the same time we knew we needed to recover. We split the difference and booked a fantastic boat tour so we could still see some nature, but also not have to do much to enjoy it. We caught the boat at the harbor and were seated at a table across from two adorable people from France. They offered us coffee and tea as we headed out to see to visit two iconic glaciers; Balmaceda and Serrano. The views on the way to the glaciers were also unbelievable. We were surrounded by rainbows, clouds, and the turquoise water for hours. The boat stopped at scenic waterfalls and bathing sea lions on the way out to Bernando O'Higgins Naitonal Park.
Once we arrived at the park, we were able to step off and hike to the Serrano Glacier. The hike was easy compared to the W Trek but very crowded with tourists. That didn't stop us from taking it all in. We made our way as close to the glacier as we could, and enjoyed every step on the way. After the glacier views, we boarded the ship once again and were taken back to port. It was an incredible adventure, especially after hiking 55 miles in 5 days.
Are you in love with Patagonia? So am I! Here is my last blog post on the W Trek and Torres del Paine National Park. If you ever have the chance, I highly recommend Chile. It is a beautiful country with so much to offer.