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KAYAKING CABO FROWARD (6 DAYS)

Sea Kayaking the Strait of Magellan to the Tip of the American Continent!

Overview

Cape Froward – named for its strong climate, this is the southern tip of the American Continent where the Cruz de los Mares, (Cross of the Seas) stands proudly and visible from afar. During this trip we go further than any road that exists, exploring the Strait of Magellan. During three days of sea kayaking, we explore South America’s immense coast line and impressive waters that only sailors and some brave do by foot until reaching the southernmost point of the continent. Each night we’ll camp on the shores at remote backcountry locations where we will have the privilege of admiring the incredibly diverse flora and fauna found only in these parts of the region. Hike to the summit of Monte Tarn, which offers extraordinary views of the Strait of Magellan and it’s break taking landscapes. An adventure that entices all the senses, we’ll have opportunities to kayak alongside whales, Austral dolphins, and a wide array of birdlife & waterfowl. We’ll end our adventure with a traditional Patagonian lamb asado (BBQ) and an incredible night’s rest in the comfort and grandeur of Hotel Cabo de Hornos in Punta Arenas.

Trip Highlights

• Kayak the Strait of Magellan
• Visit the southernmost point of the American Continent
• Hike to the Oceans Cross of the Seas Monument on Cape Froward
• Stay at remote backcountry campsites
• Get up close to Marine Life & Avifauna
• Trek the Summit of Mont Tarn – first hiked by Charles Darwin himself!
• Enjoy a Patagonian lamb BBQ

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Trip length

6 DAYS

Trip Level

4
STRENUOUS

From USD

$New Season Pricing to Come!

Start / End

PUNTA ARENAS

Spaces:

MIN 2 MAX 8 PEOPLE

Season

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Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival to Punta Arenas – Welcome Dinner & Briefing

  • 30 Minute Private Transfer from Airport to Hotel
  • Night at Yegua Loca in Punta Arenas (D)

Welcome to Patagonia! Once you’ve landed, your private transfer will be waiting for you at the airport to take you to your hotel accommodation for the evening in downtown Punta Arenas.

Later in the evening, you’ll meet up with your guide and any other group members traveling along in this adventure to enjoy a welcome dinner in downtown Punta Arenas. After sharing a wonderful meal and great company, your guide will brief you on your journey and each day’s  itinerary for the following days ahead.

Any questions you might have – our experienced professional guide will be there to assist! After dinner and the briefing, head back to your hotel to relax and enjoy a quiet night’s rest.

Day 2

Hike Monte Tarn & Lamb BBQ

  • 1 Hour Private Transfer
  • 7-8 Hour Hike /14KM
  • Night at Punta del Arbol Campsite (Single Tent) (B-BL-BBQ)

Following breakfast in our hotel, a private transfer will pick us up taking us 1 hour to the start of our trek. Today’s hike takes us to a historical place which has a landscape of evergreen forest, great mountains, and lots of flora and fauna. On a journey of exploration, Charles Darwin was the first person to climb this mountain now known as Monte Tarn. At our camp, we complete a short briefing before preparing for our ascent.

Hiking about 6 miles to reach the top, we’ll stay about 45 minutes, contemplating and enjoying our lunch accompanied by incredible views. We’ll start our descent and enjoy the view of the Strait of Magellan and large islands below us. This trek will have a variety of flora, evergreen forest, wildlife and weather conditions which is part of the region’s typical climate (wind, rain or snow).

After about 7 hours we arrive at the beach again, where we take a 45 minute transfer to Estancia Agua Fresca, where we will have a lamb barbecue, Patagonian style as a celebration of this amazing hike. Afterwards, we’ll drive to our location where we’ll begin our kayaking excursion the following day. Here, we’ll camp at a remote coastline campsite.

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Day 3

Full Day Sea Kayak Strait of Magellan  

  • 1 Hour Private Transfer
  • 6-7 Hours Kayaking
  • Night at San Nicolas Bay Campsite (Single Tents) (B-BL-D)

In the morning following breakfast in our camp, we’ll begin our kayaking excursion. We’ll prepare all our gear and complete a thorough safety briefing before heading out. During our excursion we will use a support zodiac boat for safety and to transport our food and equipment to our stopping point of rest.

After about 2 hours we reach San Isidro lighthouse where we pass by and continue to El Aguila Bay, where we prepare lunch and visit the ruins in this place which used to function as a whale station in the Magellan Strait, more than 100 years ago. After lunch we continue following the shore heading southwest until we reach San Nicolas bay where we will make our campsite, and take time to relax, explore a bit on land and have a try at catching our dinner from the sea! If we are lucky we can share this along with a great bottle of Chilean wine for dinner.

Day 4

Full Day Sea Kayak Strait of Magellan 

  • 6-7 Hours Kayaking
  • Night at San Rosas Bay Campsite (Single Tents) (B-BL-D)

Our third day continues as we advance our kayaking skills and start exploring more unprotected shores. We begin to see changes while we get closer to the end of the continent – a place where many sailors have had to give up and surrender to the roughness of these waters. We will make our campsite at Rosas Bay just a few kilometers from Cape Froward and if we have good luck with the weather, we will continue to Cape Froward this same day.

Day 5

Hike to the End of the American Continent – Navigation to Punta Arbol Campsite

    • 4 Hour Round-Trip Hike/ 3KM
    • 2 Hour Navigation
    • 1 Hour Private Transfer
    • Night in Hotel Cabo de Hornos in Punta Arenas (B-BL-D)

As we reach Cape Froward, we will hike up the hill where the Cruz de las Mares (Oceans Cross) which marks the meeting of Atlantic and Pacific oceans. We’ll walk 340 meters high to the cross before starting our return to board the zodiac boat which will take us back to where we camped the first night.

On our way back we will stop at the San Isidro lighthouse to visit the restored building and some small displays of ancient pieces before heading back to our hotel for the evening to enjoy our final dinner together as a group and a well-deserved night’s rest.

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Day 6

Private Transfer to Punta Arenas Airport

  • 30 Minute Private Transfer (B)

In the morning following breakfast in the hotel, your private transfer will pick you up and take you to the Punta Arenas Airport (PUQ) for your flight.

INCLUDED

  • All Private Transportation Indicated in Schedule
  • All Meals Indicated in Schedule (B: Breakfast, BL: Box Lunch, D: Dinner, BBQ: Barbecue)
  • Double Kayaks
  • All Kayaking Equipment (kayak, neoprene gloves, paddling jackets, life jackets, skirts, and neoprene boots).
  • 2 Nights in Yegua Loca (Double Standard Rooms)
  • 3 Nights Camping (4 Season Tents)
  • Certified Kayaking Guide (English-Spanish Languages)

NOT INCLUDED

  • Any Additional Nights
  • Additional Alcoholic beverages not Included in Meals
  • Medical Expenses
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Gratuities for Guide/ Driver

Trip length

6 DAYS

Trip Level

4

STRENUOUS

From USD

$New Season Pricing to Come!

Start / End

PUNTA ARENAS

Spaces:

MIN 2 MAX 8 PEOPLE

Season

SEPTEMBER
OCTOBER
NOVEMBER
DECEMBER
JANUARY
FEBRUARY
MARCH
APRIL

Lodgings

La Yegua Loca

La Yegua Loca Boutique Hotel is located in the beautiful city of Punta Arenas just below the “Cerro de la Cruz” viewpoint. Each of its 15 rooms pay homage to the old trades and traditions rooted in Chilean Patagonia. All rooms have central heating, private bathroom, super king or double superior beds, WIFI connection, telephone, desk, luggage storage and safe, hair dryers and amenities. The hotel also features an onsite restaurant serving exquisite traditional cuisine

Coastline Remote Camping

During our sea kayaking excursion, we’ll stay at various remote locations along the coastline of the Strait of Magellan. We’ll sleep in double tents and will cook our meals each night.

Dates & Prices

Program 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 2022/2023: (valid until April 2023)

2 Guests Total in Group: New Season Pricing to Come!
3 Guests Total in Group: New Season Pricing to Come!
4-8 Guests Total in Group: New Season Pricing to Come!

DEPARTURES AVAILABLE UPSON REQUEST!

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Add-Ons & Upgrades

OPTIONAL SERVICES: (must be booked in advance)

– Whale Watching Excursion

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    Sashi Perera
    Sashi Perera
    2020-03-26T03:03:07+0000
    The staff at Chile Nativo were so helpful with our pre trip enquiries. The plan and briefing we received for our 5 day... Independent W Trek were so useful, we enjoyed every moment of our trek. Big thanks to the team for a very memorable experience.read more
    Katie Kow
    Katie Kow
    2020-03-17T15:59:20+0000
    Seamlessly communicated and executed trip! Would recommend for sure!
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    2020-02-26T15:41:33+0000
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    2020-01-19T04:47:14+0000
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    Mary Schmitz
    Mary Schmitz
    2019-08-25T14:00:18+0000
    I had the most amazing trip of my life with these guys - trekking around the Big O circuit. Incredible! Our guide,... Mauricio Vargas Delgado, knew every detail of the route. Getting the trip set up was easy - the staff is very responsive to any questions during planning and booking.read more
    Edric Subur
    Edric Subur
    2019-08-14T12:15:49+0000
    I am very happy with the service Chile Nativo provided. First of all, the experience during the trip itself was... amazing, the accommodation was more than I could ask for, the snack was delicious and our guide was not only very friendly but also extremely intelligent - he could answer all kind of questions we threw him about the park, animals, and geography! But the best part of Chile Nativo came up when a crisis hit. I got on the wrong bus the day before the tour started which prevented me from getting to the tour in time as a result. Daniella and Johana from the team were incredibly resourceful and kind to help me out of this situation. They worked after hours to help me find a private car that was willing to drive me from El Calafate to Puerto Natales in Chile. Johana even came to the office early morning to greet me and attend to me. I was beyond grateful for their professional service that really goes the extra mile in making sure I get to make to my trip and enjoy it thoroughly. Highly recommend Chille Nativo to everyone visiting Patagonia!read more
    Peter Noorani
    Peter Noorani
    2019-05-21T01:53:34+0000
    Working with Chile Nativo was a very positive experience. They were able to accommodate our dates with no issues,... despite the dates being offset from their usual schedule. Everyone we worked with was communicative and helpful, and we felt well prepared given the information (e.g. packing list) they provided. The most important benefit of traveling with Chile Nativo was our access to one of their guides, Fernando.I cannot give enough positive feedback for Fernando. While everything you'd expect from a good guide was present, Fernando delivers so far above and beyond what's expected. Any question we had about a tree, for example, Fernando could answer, and then provide several layers more detail and information. I’ve never been hugely into geology, but Fernando’s knowledge of the rock formations in the park added a fascinating element to our hike; everything around us became even more interesting. By the afternoon of the first day, it felt as though we were hiking with a good friend who happened to know everything about the park. We were genuinely sad to leave once the trip was complete. The entire time, I felt that we were getting the very most out of our hike, and that Fernando knew the tips and tricks to avoiding crowds and getting the best views. A huge plus is his photography skills, too! Fernando was recommended to us by a friend, and we’ve been insistent to all our friends who’ve asked about our trip that they should also use Chile Nativo and ask for Fernando.read more
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    Eline Lonchay
    2019-03-29T18:51:04+0000
    I did the Fjord Trail with Chile Nativo and it was beautiful! The landscapes surpass what you can even imagine. We were... the only ones in nature for 3 days! The horses were nice, I had never done this before and I felt safe. I was never cold at night (make sure you rent your sleeping bag for this). We finished our tour with a boat trip on the Serrano River, back to Puerto Natales and we got to see the Balmacero Glacier and the Serrano Glacier (and walk around it). It is well organized and definitely a different way to travel and see nature in Patagonia !read more
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    Nerile Rimiene
    2019-02-21T17:53:11+0000
    We had W trek in Patagonia in February 2019. Everything was organized perfectly, thanx a lot! Enjoyed a lot! That was... the only company who managed to organize trek on our particular dates and everything went just smoothly.read more
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    2019-01-30T14:57:50+0000
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    Carter Sample
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    2019-01-15T22:21:39+0000
    My wife and I just completed the O Circuit with Chile Nativo. Our guides Fernando and Ignacio were absolutely amazing!... Aside from the beautiful trip, we learned so much because of Chile Nativo Travel and our two guides. They were very accommodating of my wife's food allergies and were constantly upbeat and encouraging to us and our group. They even taped up ankles and sore joints when we expressed any sort of discomfort. A+ experience all around!read more
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    2018-12-15T20:38:18+0000
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    2018-12-03T19:44:14+0000
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    Adrienna Bunti Robotham
    2018-11-10T02:39:56+0000
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    2018-04-17T20:53:04+0000
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    2018-04-04T22:25:47+0000
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    2018-04-04T22:10:45+0000
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    2018-04-04T22:01:21+0000
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    2018-04-04T21:00:43+0000
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    2017-12-21T00:25:13+0000
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    2017-11-26T14:15:38+0000
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    2017-08-09T17:46:02+0000
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