Getting to Puerto Natales

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Puerto Natales, Chile
Getting to Puerto Natales - Bus station in Puerto Natales (taken in daylight some days later!)
Getting to Puerto Natales - Plane at Puerto Varas airport
Getting to Puerto Natales - Over the coast
Getting to Puerto Natales - Taking off from Puerto Varas

Getting to Puerto Natales Reviews

Toonsarah Toonsarah
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Getting to Puerto Natales Nov 05, 2016
Our journey to Puerto Natales from Puerto Varas was not without its challenges! It started well enough with a flight to Punta Arenas with Latam of a little over two hours. The airport at Puerto Varas is small, modern and relatively quiet - a pleasure to use. The flight was uneventful, with the usual Latam snacks served (I can recommend the cheese scone as I had quite a few of them during our Chilean trip!), and landed on time in Punta Arenas. There too we found a modern and quiet airport, and were quick to collect our bags and exit the arrivals hall.

The plan then was to catch a coach to Puerto Natales which had been pre-booked for us by our travel company. We had more than an hour to wait and, knowing that we wouldn't get to our hotel until about 11.00 PM, decided to use the time to have a sandwich and beer in the (expensive) airport café. With the bus due at 20.20 we headed for the stop, as advised by the company rep, at 20.10 - but by half past no bus had appeared. So I called the travel company to check if there had been an error or a problem with the bus, and after several calls established where the problem lay. As I now understand it, the buses (operated by the Jose Fernandez company) leave the bus terminal in Punta Arenas on the hour and only stop at the airport 20 minutes later if there are booked passengers to pick up. The travel company had made a mistake and booked our tickets for travel from the terminal in town, not from the airport, and consequently the bus had passed by without stopping. The only solution was for the travel company to rebook us on the next bus, the last of the night, so we finally left the airport at about 21.30 and after a long dark snowy drive, arrived at the bus terminal in Puerto Natales well after midnight and at our hotel at about 00.30, the travel company having organised a late pick-up at the terminal (and a gift of a bottle of wine to apologise for the mix-up).

All’s well that ends well, I guess!
Plane at Puerto Varas airport
Taking off from Puerto Varas
Over the coast
Bus station in Puerto Natales (tak…
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