In response to information from the health authority regarding the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the National Forest Corporation (Conaf) has decided to temporarily close all national parks, national reserves and natural monuments until the health alert is lifted by health authorities.
Puerto Williams is the southernmost town in the world, located on the north shore of Isla Navarino, on the banks of the Beagle Channel, and at the feet of the imposing granite peaks of the Dientes de Navarino. A trekking circuit winds around the massif in a 4-day route and is––without a doubt––one of the most impressive treks in Chile, with absolutely gorgeous views.
This is ancestral territory of the Yámanas people, fishers and gatherers who rowed to Cape Horn in canoes made from Coigüe bark, with sails made from the skin of sea lions. The watercraft were sturdy enough that the Yámanas could light fires while aboard. The women dived in the cold waters, hunting for urchins and crabs. Puerto Williams––or Upushwea in the Yagán language––is still home to many Yámanas descendants. The town was founded in 1953 and was first called Puerto Luisa, but the name was changed 3 years later to honor the English sailor Juan Williams, who helped Chile seize possession of the Strait of Magellan in 1843.
In Puerto Williams, you can find hotels, hostels, restaurants, and tourist agencies. For more details, go to::
Puerto Williams has no land access.
Boats leave once a week from Punta Arenas (the Tres Puentes sector, 4.5 miles from the city center) and sail to Puerto Williams in a voyage that takes around 32 hours. Find out more at http://www.tabsa.cl/portal/index.php/es/horarios/12-horarios-p-arenas-williams.
During tourist high season, boats are available crossing the Beagle Channel to Puerto Williams in a trip of around 2 hours. Availability depends on weather conditions.
Una vez por semana zarpa desde Punta Arenas (sector Tres Puentes a 7 kms. del centro de la ciudad) las navegaciones hasta Puerto Williams que tardan 32 horas. Revisa los detalles en www.tabsa.cl
Desde Ushuaia, Argentina, durante la temporada alta se realizan navegaciones para cruzar el canal de Beagle en 2 horas para llegar a Puerto Williams, viaje que depende estrictamente de las condiciones climáticas.
Dap Airlines offers flights from Punta Arenas Mondays through Saturdays. The flights take around one hour (http://dapairline.com/). It’s important to keep in mind that there’s a luggage limit of 22 pounds per person.
This remote park protects several fox species, sea leopards, dolphins, whales, sea lions, elephant seals, austral dolphins and Chilean dolphins, in addition to 49 bird species.
This remote park protects leopard seals, dolphins, whales, sea lions, elephant seals, otters, austral and Chilean dolphins.
Located in the Puerto Williams Shopping Center
Puerto Williams celebrates its anniversary on November 21.
On June 20, the community hosts a party celebrating the longest night of the year.
The second week of June, Puerto Williams holds its Snow Festival, with various winter activities and competitions.
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