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Sea kayaking Expedition FULL Northern Patagonia Fiords Chile-6days

Seakayak Patagonia Fiords Pumalin Park
 

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Itinerary
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Requirements
Observations
Reservations

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 conditions.

OUR TRIP:


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 islands.

Kayaking Patagonia Fjords


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 ”

Reloncavi Fjord  ferry navigation

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 .

kayak Cahuelmo fiord

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 world. 

...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...

paddling Northern Patagonia Fiords

 

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Zone

Patagonia
Duración

6 días

Opciones 4 days
10 days
Epoca All year
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Inicio/Término Start and finish in  Puerto Varas.
N° Participants 6 participants
Alojamiento Camping plus interaction with real pioneers .
Itinerario See itinerary
Tiempo
Min Temperature  : 4°C
Max Temperature  : 18°C

*Weather in this region

Oportunidades de Fotografía Volcanoes, big falls, rock walls and dense vegetation, hot springs, dolphins and sea lions.
Opciones
(no incluídas)

-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)

Actividades Sea kayaking practice and night navigation, hiking, hot springs and intense cultural interaction with pioneers (colonos)
Equipo sugerido Please ask
Cómo llegar a Puerto Varas ? Fly from your country to Santiago-Chile and from there 2 alternatives:

1)Bus - aprox 12 hours from Santiago to Puerto Varas town
(www.turbus.cl)

2)Airplane - about 2 hours from Santiago to Puerto Montt airport - then taxi to Puerto Varas
(www.lanchile.com)
Related info
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Nautical chart (226 kb)
 

Revista Outdoors

Article:

"En Kayak de Mar por el Parque Pumalin"

VIDEOS Expedición en kayak de mar Fiordos Patagonia Norte - Parque Pumalín:


(en Invierno)








What makes this holiday different?



Kayak Fiordos Pumalin


Patagonia Fjords Pumallin Park 1

kayaking Comau Fiord* 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.

Note: 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 clean.

* 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 destination

* 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.

kayaki Quintupeu FiordWeather
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.

Location
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 of Chiloé. 

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 ".

Itinerary
(check the 2 Photo Gallery to understand better the trip)

Day 0:
(Puerto Varas : Pre-meeting about trip logistics)

Puerto VarasAt 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 questions.





Day 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.

Pumalin Kayak volcanoes and fiords

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. (L-D)



Day 2:
Hotsprings and Breakfast - Seakayak Comau Fjord - Seakayak Quintupeu Fjord
( 4-5 hours aprox.)


Dresden German Destroyer - World War I

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.


Cascada Fiordo Quintupeu


Campsite with a marvelous view in between the Andeas... (B-BL-D).


Day 3:

Seakayak Quintupeu Fjord - Sealions Colony - Seakayak Cahuelmo Fjord- natural hotsprings
(5-6 hours aprox.)

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. 


kayaking with sealionsordAt 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 "

Cahuelmo Hotsprings

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. Campsite.  (B-BL-D)


Pumalin Termas Horsprings kayak patagonia


Day 4 : Cahuelmo Hotsprings and wet Hike

trekking Cahuelmo Fjord

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 . Campsite. (B-BL-D)








We are the first company that uses sails during our seakayak navigation mainly because of the stability of our fiberglas seakayaks.




Day 5:
Seakayak Cahuelmo Fjord - visit Porcelana Hotprings
(4-6 hours)

kayaking Pumalin Park
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 . (B-L-D).








Day 6:
(Navigation of the main Fjord by boat - Puerto Varas)

And now....new friendsEarly 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. 









Includes
  • 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 and Porcelana.
  • Local fishing boat or ferry , just for returning (day 6) .
  • 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)
Requirements
  • Swimming expertise.
  • 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 be performed
    (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 stage is fundamental.  
  • Understand that all activities performed in nature can indicate some risk. 

  • The program could be modified at any stage due to weather conditions , guide decision that could affect the safety of the group 

    HOW CAN I PARTICIPATE IN THIS TRIP ?

  • Before the trip you must send by fax and signed the Release of Liability Form that appears in this link.
  • To have read and have a clear understanding of the Terms and Conditions section existing in our web site.
  • Pay the trip


    Trip Calendar
    Special Discount if you bring a group of minimum 4 person.
    We can coordinate a "special departure date" for your group.

     ** Do you want a Custom Trip ?
Observations
kayaking Pumalin Park
  • 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.

RESERVATION

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- Your Name , age
- Name of the trip you want  (number of days)
- Number of participants
- Date of the trip you want (and your availability)

* we will send you a Reservation and Medical Forms that you have to send us back by email

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    -Nombre de cada participante y fechas de  nacimiento
    -Nombre del viaje / curso /actividad que deseas realizar
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    -Número de participantes

    * Te enviaremos un formulario de reserva y médico que nos debes enviar completos por email.

   
 
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