OverviewGo where your hiking boots can’t take you: to the remotest corner of Tierra del Fuego, where Humpback whales breach, Magellanic penguins toddle and marine life teems. This is an all-included program, taking you on full-day sailing expeditions through the shattered fjords of Chile’s extreme south, staying at dome accommodation on Carlos III Island and partnering you with onboard scientist-guides to introduce you to the diverse marine wildlife that call these wintry waters home. Trip Highlights • Experience the Remotest Corner of Tierra del Fuego • Visit Carlos III Island • Sail Through the Francisco Coloane Marine Park • See Historic Sights from Chile’s Maritime History • Full-Day Sailing Experiences • See Humpback Whales Up Close! • Visit the Santa Ines Glacier • See Penguins, Sea Lions, & Various Seabirds DOWNLOAD YOUR MAPS: • PUNTA ARENAS • MAGALLANES & ANTARCTIC REGION • ULTIMA ESPERANZA PROVINCE
Full-Day Sailing Expedition to Carlos III Island
1.5 hours by private transfer
8-10 hours sailing
Night at Carlos III Eco-Camp (L-D)
You’ll be picked up early from your hotel and taken to the embarkation point to begin our day’s sailing through Tierra del Fuego’s canals and fjords. Our destination is Carlos III Island, located close to Francisco Coloano Marine Park. We’ll sail for nine hours, passing a number of historic locations from Chile’s maritime history, including Cabo Froward, Fort Bulnes, Bahía el Águila, San Isidro lighthouse and Mount Tarn. Have your cameras ready around 6:30 pm, when we reach an optimum location for whale-watching. Depending on weather conditions, we’ll arrive at Carlos III Island at 7:30 pm. Here, at the scientific field station, we’ll hear from researchers and marine biologists before having dinner and settling into our dome accommodation.
Full-day marine wildlife safari, visit Santa Ines Glacier
8 - 10 hours sailing
Night at Carlos III Ecocamp (B-L-D)
After breakfast at the eco camp we’ll sail to Francisco Coloano Marine Park. Full of glaciers, shard-like fjords and strong winds, this marine reserve marks the union of the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, and provides the sheltered waters and food necessary to house and protect a great diversity of marine fauna, sea and land birds. A biologist will accompany us on our journey, pointing out markings and identification techniques specific to this area’s wildlife. Watch out for penguins, albatrosses, skuas, giant petrels, sea lions, and of course, Humpback whales. After lunch we’ll visit the untouched Santa Ines Glacier, part of Santa Ines Island whose fjords and extensive vegetation provide Humpback whales, leopard seals, cormorants and albatross with a safe, pristine home.
Sail to Rupert Island and see its Magellanic penguin colony
8 - 10 hours sailing
1.5 hours by private transfer (B-L)
This morning we sail around Rupert Island and have the chance to see fur seals, sea lions and sea birds. However, the most memorable sighting of the day will be the bustling nesting colony of Magellanic penguins that live on the island. These dapper, social little penguins (the largest of the Spheniscus genus including Galapagos, Humboldt and African penguins) are an absolute delight to see as they waddle, preen and interact; completely disinterested in the gasps of delight they cause their human visitors.
- All Private Transportation Indicated in Schedule
- All Sailing Excursions
- Entrance to the Marine Park
- Two Nights Lodging at Carlos III Eco-Camp (Twin bed domes, Bedding included)
- All Meals Indicated in Schedule (B: breakfast, L: lunch, D: dinner)
- Guide/Driver (English-Spanish)
- Any Additional Nights
- Medical Expenses
- Insurance of Any Kind
- Personal Expenses
- Gratuities for Guide/Driver
$New Season Pricing to Come!
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MIN 2 PEOPLE
From NOVEMBER 27th to MAY 10th
Carlos III Eco-Camp
Located in Isla Carlos, Eco Camp Carlos III consists of five dome bedrooms, a communal space, three bathrooms, tents for researchers and an observatory within walking distance from the camp along a path of wooden walkways where the whales are monitored with a view of 280º.
The design and construction of this unique refugio was planned to minimize the impact on this fragile region. For this, the camp rests on piles and platforms that are interconnected by bridges, preventing the deterioration and destruction of peat and its vulnerable ecosystem. Energy production, treatment of waste and liquid waste have also been studied to avoid contamination and excesses. The desire for respect and preservation of the natural environment is perfectly combined with comfort and hospitality.
Dates & PricesProgram prices are determined on the final number of confirmed guests in a group. The per person price lowers as more guests join the group. Chile Nativo operates with a maximum of 8 guests per departure which allows for a high level of individualized service and an unforgettable personalized experience. PRICES FOR SEASON 2021/2022: (Valid until May 2022) NEW SEASON PRICING TO COME!