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. We paddle down river Serrano over some 60 kms./38 miles until reaching the Pacific Ocean and then sailing to Puerto Natales.
Day 1 - We start the day driving towards Serrano Camp on the southwest shore of the Park, where the Serrano River begins its winding path towards the Pacific ocean leaving Torres del Paine NP. When we reach the camp we’re given equipment and a safety briefing for the next three days of our adventure. We start paddling down Serrano River with spectacular scenery around us. When we’ve been kayaking for about 4 hours we have to cross a small section over land to avoid a waterfall (!) then we continue downstream passing beautiful mountains covered in Lenga forests. We disembark at a riverside campsite near the mouth of the Tyndall River, pitch our tents and enjoy dinner by the campfire.
•Overnight tent, Tyndall river
Day 2 - Southern Ice Field Glaciers Serrano River, Mount Balmaceda
After a hearty breakfast, we continue our kayaking journey. As we paddle down this section of the river we enjoy magnificent views of Tyndall Glacier, one of the largest glaciers in the enormous Southern Patagonian Ice Field. We stop at Estancia Pekin Guerrero for lunch and afterwards paddle for about 3 hours through Patagonic fjords overlooked by the beautiful Mount Balmaceda. We finally reach Mount Balmaceda itself, where our cozy mountain lodge awaits us.
•Overnight Balmaceda Mountain Lodge
Day 3, Balmaceda Glacier and Last Hope Fjord Balmaceda Glacier, Last Hope Fjord, Puerto Natales
During the morning we kayak to Balmaceda Glacier. Located in Bernardo O’Higgins NP, this hanging glacier stands at over two thousands metres! It is part of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field and its icebergs calve in the Ultima Esperanza (Last Hope) Fjord. The Balmaceda Glacier can only be visited by taking a marine route, so we are privillaged to a rarely visited view.
After enjoying great views close to the glacier, we paddle towards the main dock of O’Higgins NP. At this point we leave the kayaks and board the catamaran that takes us to Puerto Natales, crossing the Last Hope Fjord. On this sailing route we feel the famous Patagonian winds for the last time and enjoy sporadic shows of local marine fauna. We finally reach the picturesque town of Puerto Natales, where a driver takes us to our hotel.
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.
Price per person in Chilean Pesos, Oct. 1, 2016 till April 30, 2017: CLP 916,300/ 1 person (private departure), CLP 588,400 per person / 2+ people (shared)
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 Serrano river, 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
•1 night in mountain lodge
•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