Patagonia Sea Kayaking
The more active travelers will find in this short sea-kayaking trip one of the most exciting parts in their Patagonia trip. A combination of two adventures: the navigation of Grey River and Serrano River. The adventure includes icebergs, camping, paddling down a river, glaciers and finishing with a traditional Magellan roasted lamb.
Day 1 - We leave town in the morning with our car headed to the Grey Lake sector, at Torres del Paine national park. At the Playa Grey bank, we will start the instruction to have a conformable and safe navigation. We begin the excursion from Grey Lake mouth where it ́s possible to paddle alongside stunning icebergs that are blown by the wind right after they separate from the glacier. We have Macizo Paine and the west mountain range as landscape, highlighting also the famous Cuernos del Paine.
After enjoying the lake navigation and master your kayak, we will start to go down through the Grey River. From now on it ́s going to be an adventure passing through rapids and cannons from start until finish, followed by numerous turns overlooking Sierra del Toro. We will have a break close to Grey Bridge where we will enjoy a great lunch, we will continue paddling until we find the confluence with Serrano River, the place where the grey waters full of sediments merge with the clear waters coming from Lago del Toro.
The day ends at Pueblito Serrano after 3-4hrs paddling. Here we will have dinner and sleep at Serrano campsite.
Day 2 - We will paddle to Salto del Rio (an amazing water fall) where a short walk and portaging (carrying) the kayaks will allow us to avoid the waterfall. The navigation continues along the mighty river on our way to the Serrano Glacier. The viewpoints from Tyndall Glacier and Geike mountains give us the sign that we navigate close to the Southern Ice Field. Here we will have a break to replenish ourselves and enjoy our lunch with a spectacular view. After we will slowly get closer to Monte Balmaceda until we meet with Ultima Esperanza fjord waters. At these same waters, Juan Ladrilleros was intensely searching for some exit to the Atlantic sea (circa 1558). From this point, we have a privileged view from the Serrano Glacier.
We will camp at Puerto Toro for the night, where we will enjoy a delicious dinner with Patagonian wild nature as landscape
Day 3, Early in the morning right after our breakfast we will portage (carry) our kayaks about 30 m to Serrano Lagoon (where the Glacier ends). We will paddle alongside with the blue icebergs that break off the huge glacier and we will be back at midday to take a bigger boat that will take us back to Puerto Natales through Ultima Esperanza fjord that in its journey has an amazing view to the Balmaceda Glacier. We will stop at Estancia Perales to have a delicious and traditional roasted lamb. At 18.00 hrs we are arrive to Puerto Natales.
Weather The vast unbroken stretch of ocean to the west and south of the South American continent leaves the Patagonian Andes very exposed to the saturated winds that circle the Antarctic landmass. Also, the strong marine influence makes the weather hard to predict. In spring or early summer fine weather may deteriorate almost without warning, bringing rains and eventually snow. Even in summer (December to march) you should come prepared to find cold- strong winds (up to 80 km/hr) and rainfalls. In summer average temperature is 11ºC/52ºF (24ºCmax, 2ºC min).
Physical Demands This trip, rated moderate, is recommended for people in good physical condition in the habit of camping outdoors. Basic experience with kayaks is recommended. A positive attitude towards open-air activities is very important.
2018 Price per person in US$: $1141 with 2 people (subject to currency exchange fluctuations)
Departures: Regular departures every day on request, October to April. (April departures may have some date restrictions based on logistical issues).
Starting / Finishing Points The trip starts on day 1 at midday at your accommodation in Torres del Paine NP or Puerto Natales. The trip finishes on day 3 at your hotel in Puerto Natales approx. 6 PM.
•Bilingual kayaking specialist guide (guide to client ratio 1:3)
•Transfer on day 1 from your accommodation in Torres del Paine NP or Puerto Natales to the Grey Lake sector, and transfer on day 3 from Puerto Natales dock to your hotel in town
•Complete kayaking gear
•Complete camping equipment, EXCEPT MAT AND SLEEPING BAG
•Ferry ticket for Last Hope Fjord
•Entrance to Bernardo O'Higgins NP
•Mat and sleeping bag
•Insurance (it’s mandatory you purchase appropriate insurance for this trip) •Voluntary tipping of guides and staff •Items of personal nature.
Group Size & Guiding Staff
4 travellers is the most typical group size plus guiding staff. Maximum 12 clients. Guide to passenger ratio: 1:3
Minimum age is 15, maximum age is 65