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Top Choice Chilean in Puerto Natales

Singular Restaurant

The perfect port in a storm, part supper club of yore, part modern bistro, with exquisite food and attentive service. Leather sofas and polished wood meet bare beams and stark views of the sound. Chef Hernan Vaso re…
Top Choice Park in Monumentos históricos Nacionales Puerto Hambre & Fuerte Bulnes

Parque del Estrecho de Magallanes

The historic sites of Puerto Hambre (Port Hunger) and Fuerte Bulnes are the centerpiece of this privately managed park, an excellent introduction to regional history. The museum is Patagonia's best. Hourly presentat…
Top Choice Cemetery in Punta Arenas

Cementerio Municipal

Among South America’s most fascinating cemeteries, with both humble immigrant graves and flashy tombs, like that of wool baron José Menéndez, a scale replica of Rome’s Vittorio Emanuele monument, according to author…
Top Choice Distillery in Puerto Natales

Last Hope

Two Australians on vacation tossed in their day jobs to distill whiskey and gin at the end of the world. With bonhomie to spare, their bar caters to locals and travelers alike with a rotating menu of gorgeous cockta…
Top Choice Seafood in Puerto Natales

Santolla

For worthwhile upscale seafood, look no further than this cozy container restaurant attended by the owner. Feast on gorgeous salads and local king crab prepared several ways; we liked it with merken (smoked chili), …
Top Choice Bar in Punta Arenas

Bodega 87

A fine addition to the city, this neighborhood bar is friendly and bubbling with life. There are memorable craft cocktails and local beer. Try a not-too-sweet calafate mojito.
National Park in Última Esperanza

Parque Nacional Torres del Paine

Soaring almost vertically more than 2000m above the Patagonian steppe, the granite pillars of Torres del Paine (Towers of Paine) dominate the landscape of what may be South America's finest national park. Before its…
National Park in Última Esperanza

Parque Nacional Bernardo O'Higgins

Virtually inaccessible, Parque Nacional Bernardo O'Higgins remains an elusive cache of glaciers. It can be entered only by boat. From Puerto Natales, full-day excursions (CH$90,000, lunch included) to the base of Gl…
Pizza in Puerto Natales

La Guanaca

From crisp oven-fired pizzas to crepes and marinated mushroom appetizers, this homespun restaurant delivers warming and satisfying meals. Oversized salads, like the quinoa with roasted vegetables, are abundant and v…
Fusion in Puerto Natales

Afrigonia

Outstanding and wholly original, you won’t find Afro-Chilean cuisine on any NYC menu. This romantic gem serves up fragrant rice, fresh ceviche and mint roasted lamb prepared with succulent precision. Desserts also h…