Morning kayak trip to view Balmaceda Glacier. Located in Bernardo O’Higgins National Park, this hanging glacier is situated at over 6,500’ up the mountain and calves massive icebergs into La Ultima Esperanza (Last Hope) Fjord. The Balmaceda Glacier is only accessible via water so most visitors to Patagonia never lay eyes on this spectacular arm of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field.
After the spectacle of the glacier, you paddle to the main dock of Bernardo O’Higgins National park where you trade your kayaks for a catamaran ride across the Last Hope Fjord to Puerto Natales. Along with Patagonia’s famously strong winds, austral dolphins, sea lions and a variety of water birds often accompany this open-water crossing. Upon arrival at Puerto Natales, your driver will escort you from the dock to the Aquaterra Hotel for overnigh. Dinner is on your own at one of the restaurants in town. [BL]