Puerto Natales has become the main base for exploring a number of southern Patagonia's top attractions, including Parque Nacional Torres del Paine and Parque Nacional Bernardo O'Higgins. The medium-sized fishing town offers picturesque views of the Seno Última Esperanza (Last Hope Sound) channel, which was named so by Spanish navigator Juan Ladrillero in the 16th century as it was his last hope
to reach the Straight of Magellan.
As a launching point for many touristic sites, Puerto Natales has recently seen a large increase in tourism and development with a new surge of luxury accommodation offering all-inclusive stays with excursions. The town has added a string of hip eateries, cafés, and boutique hotels recently, and is starting to challenge the more staid larger city of Punto Arenas as a hub for exploring the entire region.