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
Day 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
Day 11: Drive to Punta Arenas and fly to Santiago, 1-night
Day 12: Depart Santiago
Day 13: Arrive UK
- When to go: Dec to Apr
- Price including flights from/to UK: From £5,095 pp
- Price excluding international flights: From £4,095 pp
- Duration inc. flights from/to UK: 14 days
- Duration exc. international flights: 12 days
- Single supplement: From £2,210
- Glacier walking
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.
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 here is lots to see in the city and surrounding Andes.
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.
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.
Eco Camp Patagonia
Designed to withstand the elements of the Patagonian wilderness and minimise environmental impact, Eco Camp 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.