In the far south of Chile our adventure begins when we arrive in the town of Puerto Natales, on the shores of the ÚltimaEsperanza Sound.
Named by sailor Juan Ladrilleros in 1557, “Última Esperanza,” or “Last Hope,” seemed to be his last possibility of getting to the Straits of Magellan. Puerto Natales was then foudned in 1911, and long served as a main port from which much of Patagonia's wool wealth sailed. These days the scent of adventure is high around town, as it is the perfect launching point to the Torres del Paine National Park and our last hope to stock up before we venture deeper into the Patagonian wild.
On day two in Natales we get out on a spectacular hike to Laguna Sophia, and visit the Milidon cave, where remains of the now extinct giant sloth were found. Overnight at Indigo Hotel.