Day 1: Puerto Montt - Llancahue Island
After meeting in Puerto Montt, we drive down the Southern Highway, and cross the Reloncavi Estuary to Hornopiren. There we board our support vessel and head for Los Ciervos Island. After stopping for lunch in a nice cove, we sail on to Llancahue Island, where we climb into our sea kayaks for instruction and practice. Afterwards, we camp for the night on this island. Includes: (L), (D).
Day 2: Llancahue Island - Quintupeu Fjord
Now we begin the wild part of our sea kayak adventure. We put in near the entrance to Quintupeu Fjord, where the German battleship Dresden hid out during World War I. The sheer slopes, cut by countless waterfalls tumbling off the heights, are covered with lush vegetation that hangs over our heads. As we glide along under this lush canopy, we try to catch a glimpse of dolphins jumping near our kayaks. At nightfall, we camp at the end of the fjord. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 3: Quintupeu Fjord - Cahuelmo Fjord
We navigate down to Cahuelmo Fjord, stopping at the entrance to see if there are any sea lions at play. We don't stop for long though, because we want to paddle the far end of Cahuelmo in time to get up the river, or hike through the wild tidal flats. Finally, we take a relaxing dip in Cahuelmo Hot Springs before turning in for the night. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 4: Cahuelmo Fjord - Porcelana Bay
Our goal for today's journey is Porcelana Hot Springs. On the way, we stop at the settlement of Huinay and hike up a glacial valley surrounded by snow capped mountains. From this village we cut straight across Comau Fjord to Porcelana, where we pitch camp in a lush green pasture. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 5: Porcelana Hot Springs - Comau Fjord
We paddle down to the end of Comau Fjord to Leptepu, passing by stunning snow-capped peaks on our way to a secluded corner in a setting of plunging waterfalls and virgin forests. We also see a lagoon, teeming with wildlife, which we can reach by kayak at high tide. In the afternoon we return to Porcelana and head for the tidal pools of hot water surrounded by magnificent scenery. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 6: Comau Fjord - Hornopiren - Puerto Montt
Early this morning we board our support vessel to navigate up Comau Fjord to Hornopiren, where we take the road back to Puerto Montt in time to catch the evening flight or bus to Santiago. Includes: (B), (L).
Departure dates 2016:
February 11 to 18
Degree of difficulty and physical conditioning: The trip is not especially rigorous and requires no prior experience with kayaks. You must know how to swim and be in reasonably good physical condition. A positive attitude towards open-air activities is very important. This is a trip for the person who enjoys participative tourism in a natural setting, and who understands that during our trip we may encounter variable weather and tidal conditions that will require modifications in the itinerary.
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