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.
Day 1: Depart UK
Days 2-2: Arrive Santiago, 1-nights. City tour
Day 3: Fly to Punta Arenas, 1-night
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.
Day 4: Drive to Voces Bay and cross by boat to San Isidro, 1-night, Faro San Isidro Inn
This morning you'll join a scheduled 4 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.
Days 5-6: Boat to Carlos III Island in Francisco Coloane Marine Park, 2-nights, Whalesound Eco-camp. 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. Lunch will be served on board, with dinner at Whalesound Eco-camp. 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.
Day 7: Boat back to mainland and transfer to Punta Arenas, 1-night
Days 8-10: Drive to Torres del Paine National Park, 3-nights
Three days of guided walks and excursions to see wildlife in majestic surroundings. Accommodation is at Eco Camp suite domes.
Day 11: Drive to Punta Arenas, 1-night
Day 13: Fly to Santiago and depart
Day 14: Arrive UK
- When to go: Oct to Apr
- Price including flights from/to UK: From £3,795 pp
- Price excluding international flights: From £2,895 pp
- Duration inc. flights from/to UK: 14 days
- Duration exc. international flights: 12 days
- Single supplement: From £1,595 pp
- Glacier walking