This option has been develloped specially
for those with some experience and not enough time meaning that we will
have to paddle almost everyday , average 4-6 hours, probably in variable
Cutting deep into the granite peaks of the coastal Andes, the Quintupeu,
Cahuelmó and Comau Fjords that make up the Pumalín
National Park provide the most spectacular sea kayaking experience
in Northern Patagonia. Hot springs, sea lion and dolphin colonies,
lush temperate rainforest and hundreds of cascading waterfalls are
all features of our journey.
When the Spanish arrived in Chiloé in the 16th century, they
found the islands and continental fjords populated by a seagoing
people known as Chonos, who paddled canoes known as dalcas. Fabricated
from three sewn boards, these dalcas held 10 or 12 people and were,
in according to early chroniclers, the most seaworthy craft in the
Our trip starts from Puerto Varas, a city located 1,000 km south
of Santiago. We will travel through the Northern Austral Highway,
with it's picturesque fishermen's villages and we will cross the
Reloncaví Estuary by ferry here at the first fiord of Patagonia.
To the south of Puerto Montt, Chile breaks up
into a number of islands with deep fiords which allow the sea to
touch the Andes ”
Magnificent views of the Hornopirén Volcano with the snow covered
summits of Yates volcanoe in the background. To the south, breathtaking
views from many islands and dense rainforest hanging from steep
walls as the Pacific Ocean penetrates deeply into the Andes .
Finally, the Comau Fiord appears in front of us cleared by tall
mountains and rugged riversides, the place where we are going to
board our kayaks and start the adventure through the Comau, Quintupeu
and Cahuelmó fiords, inserting ourselves in the spectacular scenery
of the Hornopirén and Pumalin Parks, the largest private park in
...The only way to access these area is by water.
We will paddle through unforgettable places. Hanging forests, enormous
waterfalls that fall directly into the sea, gigantic walls of rock
disappearing into the water, fumaroles and natural hot springs,
endless cliffs, pioneers and their histories, hidden lagoons, variety
of seabirds, dolphins, sea lions and incredible hiking trails crossing
rivers to arrive at hidden lagoons...
Volcanoes, big falls, rock walls
and dense vegetation, hot springs, dolphins and sea lions.
-Trekking in Vicente Perez Rosales National Park.
-Floating in rafts Petrohue River.
-Flyfishing in Petrohue river.
-Visit Chiloe Island , Frutillar and Puerto Octay towns.
-Osorno volcanoe climbing (1 day)
Sea kayaking practice and night
navigation, hiking, hot springs and intense cultural interaction
with pioneers (colonos)
VIDEOS Expedición en kayak de mar Fiordos Patagonia Norte - Parque Pumalín:
What makes this holiday different?
Our SMALL group size - maximum of 6 - ensures this is a low impact
trip . Our main concern is group safety but also a great respect
for the local people we will visit during the trip.
* We will visit and enjoy ALL the hotsprings in the area of the fjords. So, during the trip we will spend almost 4 days enjoying 3 different hotsprings.
* We are pioneers in offering self-supported sea kayak trips in this region , this means no support boat with us , so all the gear required
will be inside the kayaks (food, camping equipment, stove, security
equipment, our clothes) offering us freedom of movement and the
possibility to vary our program at any given moment.
This is a true sea kayaking expeditions where our participants
will learn exactly what that means. We are going to be paddling
in an aerea where the weather plays an important role and the tides
and winds are elements that has to considered. This is an active
trip where every participant will have to share duties and have
a positive attitude.
Although we don´t use a
support boat , we have a good network of fishermen friends in
the area of the fjords.
* We use locally produced and fresh products as much as possible
and always in preference choose local over imported goods.
* We pack out all waste and minimize this by using products with
minimum packaging, leaving no litter and keeping all water sources
* Our guides hold informal talks with groups to inform about and
discuss with them all aspects of local life. This helps understanding
of the area and appreciation of the people who live there.
Consider also that this is a good opportunity to practice your
spanish with our local guides and the local people we will meet
during our trips.
We are supporting the community by providing books for children
of the local school of the Northern Patagonia Fjords , our main
* Our trips not only take you through unforgettable scenery , but
you will go home with fond memories of the time you spend with the
local fishing pioneers families.
Consider that although is spring or summer in Chile...we have to
be prepared for the rain. The summer months, middle December , January
, February middle March are generally pleasant, although it
could rain at any given moment. The temperatures during January
and February fluctuate, according to the weather, between the 50°s
F and 80°s F, and the 40° F or 50° F. The temperature of the sea
has an average of 50º F (13 centigrades) during the summer.
The area we will be paddling in can have a tide change of up to
6m (18 feet), which implies that the sea may withdraw several thousand
meters, offering variable landscapes along the day. This also
requires a very complex logistic to be combined with the wind schedule
and steep shores, which involves night or pre-dawn paddling but
mainly an adventuroues spirit, possitive attitude and lots of teamwork.
The Ancud Gulf is relatively a small body of water between Chiloé
island and the continent, approximately 42°15"S,
73°W. This area makes up the northern part of the Chilean Patagonia.
The fiords are along the continental side of the gulf, before the
Huequi peninsula, while the islands are found on the east margin
What do we offer ?
A self sufficient sea kayaking trip... a real sea kayaking
trip through Patagonia , which combines true adventure, security,
freedom, challenge and multicultural experiences amongst a spectacular
scenery: the Chiloé fiords.
" We invite to live the history of this place more than
just reading it ".
(check the 2 Photo Gallery to understand better the trip)
Day 0: (Puerto Varas : Pre-meeting about trip logistics)
At 20:00 hrs we will meet in the hotel in Puerto Varas town. This
is a small and pleasant city 20 km north of Puerto Montt, located
next to Llanquihue lake and in front of Osorno Volcano (2652m) and
1,000 km south of Santiago.
The purpose of this meeting is to introduce the members of the
group and to receive a complete explanation of the trip, it´s
logistics, check gear, information
about the tides and winds and their influence in our navigation,
potential hazzards, emeregncy plans , rescue procedures, isolation,
group and personal requirements, team work and answer last minute
1: Puerto Varas - Drive "Carretera Austral Road " - Seakayak Comau Fjord - Hotsprings
Pick up at your hotel in Puerto Varas at 9 AM and drive the Northern
Carretera Austral , taking a ferry boat navigating Reloncaví
Fjord with nice views of Yates Volcanoe, the first fjord of Patagonia
and continue driving to Hornopirén town , close to Hornopirén
Volcanoe and Hornopiren National Park.
In order to avoid the afternoon winds, and have our campsite ready before the rain (evein if it´s summer) and mainly to start paddling soon , we will have lunch in Hornopirén town , then drive close to the fjords , setup our capsite in the property of a local fisherman family , a general safety talk
, and inmediately, if weather allows, start paddling part of Comau Fjord, crossing to an island , till we find some hotsprings (exist a basic family guesthouse with 2 pools and a superb view , filled with the water of the hotsprings source , located under the sea). Some time to enjoy and relax , then continue paddling to our campsite .
Dinner with a fisherman family of pioneers.
2: Hotsprings and Breakfast - Seakayak Comau Fjord - Seakayak Quintupeu Fjord
4-5 hours aprox.)
After breakfast we will continue paddling the Comau Fjord and some hours later , the entrance of Quintupeu fiord will appear.
Depending on the tides and weather conditions, we will try to explore the coastline. In this particular place , the Dresden , a german destroyer ship was hidding
from the british fleet during World War I .
We will be entering to our favorite fiord.....huge waterfalls coming
directly to the sea, dense vegetation everywhere, enormous walls
dissapearing in the water.At the entrande we will stop for a short
hike , walking upstream a river in order to reach the place where
the waterfall borns.
with a marvelous view in between the Andeas... (B-BL-D).
Very early if requiered, we will start paddling, because this is
the day we will need to paddle for some hours in a section more
exposed to the influence of Ancud Gulf.
We are continuously paddling close to the coast where we can enjoy
the dense vegetation until the entrance of the next fiord.
At the entranceof Cahuelmó Fjord , a surprise... a big sealion colony. We will pass by without making a noise so that we
can get close and take pictures without bothering them.
The best of the day is yet to come...since we do not have much further
to paddle we will be able to paddle slowly and take advantage of
the opportunity to explore the coastline of the fiord.
We will enjoy the view of the mountain's walls falling directly
into the sea and later, rewarded with the Cahuelmó hot springs at
the end of the fiord.
" Imagine arriving to a beach where you can see vapor rising
directly from the pools "
This will be a moment o relax ourselves and forget about everything...while
enjoying the sunset, with a glass of wine and a camera in hand.
4 :Cahuelmo Hotsprings and wet Hike
After enjoying our breakfast we will be ready to start the next
adventure…..hiking to Abascal lake….if we can find the trail existing
in this thick vegetation or go for awet hike towards a waterfall.
It will be necessary to cross some branches of the river and walk
considering the tides otherwise all that we walk through at the
beginning will be covered by the sea. The rewards …..a new perspective
of an area where few people have been before. We will return on
time for lunch and for a relaxing bath at Cahuelmo Hot springs .
We are the first company that uses sails during our seakayak navigation mainly because of the stability of our fiberglas seakayaks.
After a very early breakfast , sometimes at night , we will start paddling before the sunrise
ot at night if required, navigating towards the main fjord and
then turning south-east finally to the hot waters of a river known as
Porcelana Hot springs, a very particular creek of natural hot water
emerging from the temperate rain forest.
This is a long day but we will stop for lunch with a family of pioneers (colonos)
and then continue to visit in the afternoon Porcelana hotsprings. Probably stay in a local family house in front of hanging glaciers or campsite .
Day 6: (Navigation of the main Fjord by boat - Puerto Varas)
Early breakfast and return to our put in using a local fisherman
boat or by ferry boat . Lunch probably in Hormopirén town and return
to Puerto Varas late. (B-L).
*Consider an additional day for your reservations for possible
problems with the weather or any situation that could postpone the
arrival to Puerto Varas.
SMALL EXPEDITION GROUPS, maximum of 6 (safety and respect
for the local people we visit)
Authentic interaction with the local people of this area.
Safety-talk before departure, about paddling and rescue maneuvers.
Transportation in our van from Puerto Varas (close to Puerto Montt
airport) , traveling the northern Carretera Austral until the
point where we will initiate our adventure at Comau Fiord and
return to Puerto Varas.
Reloncaví Fiord navigation (ferry boat).
Food during the trip according to program (from lunch Day 1
till lunch Day 6)
During the trip (B: breakfast ; BL: Boxlunch ; D: Dinner) . Some of the food will be provided by the local families.
Navigation Equipment: Single and double sea Kayaks imported
from the USA and Germany, expedition models, with original rudder,
spray skirt, paddles, life jackets, light paddling jackets.
Cooking equipment and group tarp
Hike during Day 2, Day 4 and Day 5.
ALL the hotsprings in the area of the fjords
4 days enjoying 3 different hotsprings during the trip: Llancahue, Cahuelmó
Local fishing boat or ferry , just for returning (day
Group safety equipment: Satellite telephone, Marine VHF Radio
tide table and satellite photo.
Limited insurance once the seakayak trip starts with Interamericana
Insurance Company (chilean company)
You'll find your trip even more enjoyable if you remember to
bring flexibility and a sense of humor with you.
Physical state and health compatible with the activity to
(must be older than 16 years olde with parents)
LEVEL: adventurous travellers , previous experience in kayaking
(bracing and rescue recomende), camping experience required , we will also
use double seakayaks for safety reasons and if someone is less
experienced. NOTE: probably you will have to demonstrate your
skills (strokes and rescue) before start paddling.
Previous indication of any illness or health problem (send
complete the Resewrvation and Medical Form by email , send the
Release Form signed by fax). Team members should have the mindset
that they are responsible for themselves and the other members
of the team while in the backcountry and around camp.
Understand that we will travel using weather windows meaning that
sometimes we will have to paddle at night for calmer conditions
but also consider that while paddling conditions can change, or
, considering always the safety of the group not paddle and wait
modifying the program.
Previous indication of any illness or health problem
Positive mental attitude in front of unexpected situations
Understand that this trip requiered a lot of team work
and the participation of each person at each stageis
Understand that all activities performed in nature can indicate
The program could be modified at any stage due to weather conditions
, guide decision that could affect the safety of the group
You have chosen Patagonia = incredible landscape , huge waterfalls , dense rainforest... because lots of rain , and also appears the sun = son think possitive and think of this as an opportunity to enjoy that we are alive.
The trip has been planned with the consideration of those
with previous experience BUT before we begin our trip we
will have a short safety talk so that our participants feel more comfortable
during the trip and can really enjoy the beautiful views
that they encounter.
Hospitals and Professional First Aid Care are very far
from the place where we will be navigating. Participantes
must be healthy and in good physical conditions
Please read our Conditions section about Cancellation,Modification
and Evacuation protocols.
The itinerary can be modified considering weather conditions, group performance or in order to offer a better experience for the particpants.
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