Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Chile - Puerto Natales
Port Natales is provincial capital of the region of Last Hope. The city has 16,000 inhabitants and sits alongside the Patagonian stretch of the Andes mountains, seen on the horizon together with the hanging glaciers of the Southern Ice Fields.
Sent bt my great friend Hernán from Santiago in Chile.
This is from Wikipedia : Puerto Natales is a city in Chilean Patagonia, located 247 km (153 mi) northwest of Punta Arenas and is the final passenger port of call for the Navimag ferry sailing from Puerto Montt into the Señoret Channel as well as the primary transit point for travelers to Torres del Paine National Park, Chile. It is the capital of both the commune of the same name and the Última Esperanza Province of Magallanes and Antártica Chilena Region.
Última Esperanza Sound, originally inhabited by the Kawésqar tribe or Alacaluf and the Aoniken or Tehuelche, was sailed in 1557 by Juan Ladrilleros, a sailor who was looking for the Strait of Magellan. The city was settled by Germans, British, Croats, and later by Chilean people, with a substantial number coming from the Island of Chiloé, all attracted by the sheep-raising industry. The city was formally founded under the government of Ramón Barros Luco on May 31, 1911. Nowadays, one of the most important activities is tourism although cattle production and the fishery industries are also significant.