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This adventure-packed trip combines marine wildlife with mountains, walking and boating.

Travelling by rigid inflatable boat into the Strait of Magellan, you witness the antics of sealions, watch dolphins swimming alongside, visit a Magellanic penguin nesting site, and hopefully see humpback whales breaching in Chile’s first ever marine park. To cap this experience, you then spend a few days in the peerless landscapes of Torres del Paine National Park, with a full programme of walks and excursions to get the best out of this magical area.

Suggested Itinerary

  1. Day 1: Depart UK

  2. Day 2: Arrive Santiago, city tour

    On arrival at Santiago airport, you will be met and transferred to your accommodation. In the afternoon, join a scheduled city tour of Santiago.

    Accommodation: Hotel le Reve, 1-night

  3. Day 3: Fly to Punta Arenas

    Returning to the airport, you'll board a flight to Punta Arenas, considered the world's most southern city before the growth of smaller towns like Ushuaia, Argentina. 

    Accommodation: Hotel Rey Don Felipe, 1-night

  4. Day 4: Boat to San Isidro

    This morning you'll join a scheduled four-day trip to the Strait of Magellan.  First of all you'll join your fellow companions and then drive out of Punta Arenas and down to the small Laredo Dock where a Zodiac boat awaits. After boarding the Zodiac, it's a short ride across the bay before arriving at your lodge in time for lunch.

    Accommodation: San Isidro Inn, 1-night

  5. Days 5-6 : Boat to Carlos III Island in Francisco Coloane Marine Park; whale watching boat trips

    After breakfast you'll board the boat again and navigate through the Straits of Magellan en route to Carlos III Island, located in the Francisco Coloane Marine Park. Over the next couple of days you'll enjoy a variety of whale watching excursions, also viewing penguins, sea lions, cormorants, as well as a visit to the Santa Ines Glacier.

    Accommodation: Whalesound Eco-camp, 2-nights

  6. Day 7: Boat back to mainland & transfer to Punta Arenas

    After lunch at the camp it's time to travel back to Punta Arenas, arriving this evening.

    Accommodation: Hotel Rey Don Felipe, 1-night

  7. Days 8-10 : Drive to Torres del Paine National Park

    Today you'll join a scheduled four day trip to Torres del Paine, starting with a transfer to Puerto Natales for lunch, then continuing to EcoCamp Patagonia, located in the world-famous Torres del Paine National Park. Enjoy two full days of guided walks and excursions in the park to see wildlife in majestic surroundings.

    Accommodation:EcoCamp Patagonia, 3-nights

  8. Day 11: Drive to Punta Arenas & fly to Santiago

    It's time to leave the beauty of Torres del Paine and return to Punta Arenas in time to board your flight back to Santiago del Chile where you overnight.

    Accommodation: Hotel le Reve, 1-night

  9. Day 12: Depart Santiago

    Transfer to Santiago airport for an overnight flight back to the UK.

  10. Day 13: Arrive UK

Key info

Our trip ideas are offered to inspire you and can be tailored to suit your requirements.
  • Duration and price including flights from/to UK: 13 days from £6,095 pp
  • Duration and price excluding international flights: 11 days from £4,895 pp
  • Single supplement: From £2,870
  • When to go: Dec-Apr
  • Activities available:
    • Walking
Featured locations:

Torres del Paine National Park

Chilean Patagonia’s premier attraction is a scenic mix of craggy peaks, glacial lakes, icefields and green valleys – a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The omnipresent Paine Massif, a magnificent set of rocky spires formed from granite and sedimentary rock, dominates the landscape.

  • Where: Magallanes Region
  • Ideal for viewing: Andean condor, South American grey fox, guanaco, puma, South Andean deer
  • Excellent for: Wildlife photography

Magellanes & Tierra del Fuego

The Chilean portion of Patagonia is called Magellanes after its Portuguese explorer. On the Pacific side glacial action has excavated a complex coastline of fjords and islands. Between the mainland and Tierra del Fuego, the Strait of Magellan has Chile’s first and only marine reserve, Francisco Coloane Marine Park.

  • Where: Magallanes Province
  • Ideal for viewing: Andean condor, firecrown hummingbird, guanaco, humpback whale, king penguin
  • Excellent for: Whale watching, Penguin watching

Santiago de Chile

Chile’s capital and its largest city is located in the central valley, with the snow-capped Andes to the east, and the coastal range to the west. A lively and dynamic place, it is one of Latin America’s most sophisticated locations, and there is lots to see in the city and surrounding Andes.

  • Where: Santiago Metropolitan Region
  • Excellent for: City stopover, History & culture
Suggested accommodation options are shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

EcoCamp Patagonia

Designed to withstand the elements of the Patagonian wilderness and minimise environmental impact, EcoCamp Patagonia is an innovative complex of geodesic dome tents on wooden platforms. The accommodation is warm and comfortable and offers a perfect compromise between a hotel and camping.

Whale Sound Eco Camp

Situated within the marine reserve on Carlos III Island, Whale Sound Eco Camp is an intimate accommodation for a maximum of ten people in comfortable twin bedded double dome tents. It was originally founded by scientists and there is plenty of opportunity to watch whales and learn about them from researchers.