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Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
Free snacks included
Informative, friendly and professional guide
Private pickup from your hotel.
Climb aboard the boat and begin your cruise northwest through Ultima Esperanza Fjord, or ‘Final Hope Fjord,' an inlet bridging Eberhard Fjord and Balmaceda Mountain. The fjord was named by Spanish explorer Juan Ladrillero, who hoped that crossing the sound would take him to the Strait of Magellan. Instead he arrived to find sheer walls of ice blocking his path.
Today, your captain is at the helm for three hours to reach the same glaciers that thwarted Ladrillero. Enjoy a cup of coffee, tea or juice on deck. For something with an extra kick, sip a glass of whiskey or pisco sour mixed with ice broken off from Serrano glacier.
Pass by forests and waterfalls trickling down green hills, and scan the sky for condors. As the boat hugs the coastline, spot dozens of cormorants on rocky outcrops that might be spreading their wings or stretching their slim graceful necks to a soundtrack of ducks and geese squawking nearby. Sea elephants may even lumber out of caves to lounge under the sun.
When you reach the eastern face of Balmaceda Mountain, 6,676 feet (2,035 meters) high, see mists swirling around the ice-capped summit. Disembark for an easy hour-long hike through the forests of Bernardo O'Higgins National Park. Follow your guide to an overlook mere steps away from Serrano glacier — a wide frozen river of ice cascading down a crevice between hills. Then trek to the western side of Balmaceda Mountain and capture views of the massive hanging glacier. Here, sapphire- and turquoise-tinted floes deluge the rocky terrain and end at a lake.
Head to local lodging at a traditional cattle ranch, where you’ll tuck into a Magellanic lunch of generous portions, typically featuring a rich savory stew and roasted lamb. (Vegetarian meal available upon request.)
Your appetite for delightful sights and food satiated, climb aboard your boat for a speedy 90-minute return ride to Puerto Natales. Relax as you’re taken back to your hotel. Sample Lunch Menu (subject to change):
Carbonada (traditional hearty soup with meat and vegetables)
Roast lamb with potatoes
Wine, soft drinks, water
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Coffee/tea, juice, whiskey or pisco sour
Entrance fee to Bernardo O'Higgins National Park
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Minimum age to drink alcohol is 18 years
It is recommended that your wear comfortable clothes and trekking shoes and bring a jacket or sweater, a hat, sunscreen and sunglasses
Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
Passport name, number, expiry and country is required at time of booking and at time of travel for all participants
Tour departs from your Puerto Natales hotel
7:30am (October 1st to March 31st)
From April 1st to August 31st, departure time will be at 08.30 a.m