Scenes of Puerto Natales

This excursion combines the highlights of the charming town of Puerto Natales with the interesting Milodón Cave, just a few miles away.

Included in your cruise
  • Explore the charming town of Puerto Natales.
  • Visit the Milodón Cave and learn about interesting discoveries there.
  • Learn about the history and daily life of Puerto Natales.
  • Difficulty level

    Level 1: For everyone*

  • Duration

    3 hrs

  • Min. passengers

    10

  • Booking Code

    INCL-PNT1

  • Notices

    We recommend wearing layered clothing, a windbreaker, rain jacket, and good walking shoes. Rain showers are common and unpredictable.

You can bank on splendid views of glacier-capped peaks.

Commencing at the port, a short drive leads to the Plaza de Armas, a pretty, tree-lined square in the center of town. Its layout is typical of small Chilean towns, including a church with the town hall and post office clustered around it.

We continue to the Milodon Cave. In 1896, local resident Captain Eberhard found a scrap of skin and some bones in a large cave near his property that were later determined to be from a Milodon, a prehistoric ground sloth. The story of the Milodon was popularized by Bruce Chatwin's travelogue In Patagonia. Although the Milodon is depicted in a full-size replica at the cave’s entrance, most of the Milodon's remains were shipped off to London, which means the real attraction is the cave itself which stands 98 feet high and 656 feet deep. It has an eerie, shaggy roof and is surrounded by interesting conglomerate rock formations. An interpretative center with a few Milodon bones and a display showing the geological formation of the cave provides some interesting additional background. It also features a historical display of the indigenous tribes who inhabited this and nearby caves as far back as 12,000 years ago.

Practical information

  • Language: English or German
  • Remarks/Requirements: We recommend wearing layered clothing, a windbreaker, rain jacket, and good walking shoes. Rain showers are common and unpredictable.
  • Walking information: Flat paved terrain, walking at the sites
  • Wheelchair accessible: Not accessible for wheelchairs

  • Included: 1 bottle of mineral water