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Coast of Fjords & Hot Springs - Hornopiren and Pumalin Park

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 6 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 16 people
Destination(s): Chile  
Specialty Categories: Canoeing/Kayaking/Rafting  
Season: December - April
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 1795 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1795 US Dollar (USD)

Located along the shores of the Golfo Ancud, at the base of an extinct volcano and a surrounding amphitheater of mountains lies the village Hornopiren. Its name means “oven of snow." During the winter, the reflection from the snow laden Andes keeps the village many degrees warmer than the surrounding countryside.

From Hornopiren we embark on a vessel supported exploration of the coasts and fjords of the spectacular nature preserve, set aside by North American naturalist Douglas Tomkins, known as Parque Pumalin. Pumalin is the world's largest private park encompassing some 320,000 hectares of spectacular Patagonia wilderness. We will sea kayak Chile through glacial valleys and primeval temperate rainforests, experience thermal baths and encounter exotic marine life.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival and introductions

Upon your arrival to Puerto Montt, our Chile sea kayak representative will greet you and transfer you to our shuttle. We drive down the Southern Highway, and cross the Reloncaví estuary to Hornopiren. There we board our 50-foot Patagonia sea kayaking 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 idyllic island.

Day 2: Sea Kayaking: Llancahue Island – Quintupeu Fjord

Now we begin the wild part of our Patagonia 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 sea kayak along under this lush canopy, we try to catch a glimpse of dolphins jumping near our sea kayaks. At nightfall, we camp at the end of the fjord.

Day 3: Sea Kayaking: Quintupeu Fjord – Cahuelmo Fjord

We sea kayak 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 sea kayak to 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. Sea Kayaking in Patagonia doesn't get any better than this!

Day 4: Sea Kayaking: Cahuelmo Fjord – Porcelana Hot Springs

Our goal for today's sea kayak 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 bay, where we set up camp in a lush green pasture.

Day 5: Sea Kayaking: 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 sea kayak at high tide. In the afternoon we return to Porcelana and head for the beautiful pools of hot water surrounded by magnificent scenery - this is sea kayaking patagonia at its best!

Day 6: Departure

After breakfast, we board our Chile sea kayaking support vessel to navigate up Comau Fjord to Hornopiren, where we take the road back to Puerto Montt. A quick shuttle takes you to the airport for your flight back to Santiago, unless you decide you just can't leave and want to go to Futaleufu for more fun in "The World's Greatest Playground!" You will have just experienced in one week what some folks won't experience in a lifetime.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Included: All local transportation, shuttles, food and lodging while on your sea kayaking vacation with us. All kayaks and Chile sea kayaking equipment specified in the packing list.

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