Leave land behind and take to the Serrano River to depart Torres del Paine on a 4-day/3-night kayaking adventure trip. Paddle past the remote Tyndall and Balmaceda glaciers, imposing mountains and secret fjords that most travelers to Torres del Paine never encounter. After two nights split between a tented camp and a cozy mountain lodge, enter Bernardo O'Higgins National Park, trade your kayaks for a catamaran for a final ride across the Last Hope Fjord to Puerto Natales, keeping an eye out for austral dolphins and sea lions.
DAY 1: KAYAKING THE SERRANO RIVER
You’ll be collected at the EcoCamp in the morning and depart by vehicle across the park, headed for the Serrano Camp on the southwest edge of Torres del Paine, where the Serrano River begins winding towards the Pacific ocean. After being outfitted with equipment and receiving a thorough safety briefing, launch the kayaks to begin paddling down the Serrano River, passing through spectacular mountain scenery. After about four hours, portage the kayaks to avoid a waterfall then continue downstream past vibrant river banks covered with Lenga forests. Near the mouth of the Tyndall River, disembark, set up camp and enjoy dinner by the campfire. Overnight in tented camping accommodations. [BLD]
DAY 2: SOUTHERN ICE FIELDS AND GLACIERS
After a hearty breakfast, continue your kayaking journey by launching into the glacially fed waters of the Tyndall River. Today you pass by the massive face of the Tyndall Glacier, one of the largest in the Southern Patagonian Ice Field. With an ice face dating back to more than 12,000 years ago, you’ll have plenty of time to observe the majesty of the glacier and paddle among the ice bergs before the current gently pulls you back to the Rio Serrano. Stop at Estancia Pekin Guerro for lunch then continue paddling for approximately three hours, through scenic Patagonian fjords overlooked by beautiful Mount Balmaceda. At the foot of the mountain, your cozy lodge awaits. Overnight at Balmaceda Mountain Lodge. [BLD]
DAY 3: BALMACEDA GLACIER & LAST HOPE FJORD
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 Keoken Patagonia Hotel for overnight. Dinner is on your own at one of the restaurants in town. [BL]
DAY 4: DEPARTURE
Departing from Puerto Natales: Morning at leisure. Afternoon transfer to the airport for flight to Santiago via Puerto Montt. Sky Airlines offers at 16:15 departure, operating on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays from November-early March. Arrive Santiago and commence with onward flight arrangements.
Departing from Punta Arenas: Morning transfer from Puerto Natales to Punta Arenas, arriving in time for mid-afternoon flight departure to Santiago. Arrive Santiago and commence with onward flight arrangements.
Cost Per Person: $1600; add $65 each for shared transfer to Punta Arenas for flight