Adventure in Tierra del Fuego
For lovers of nature, photography, wildlife, trekking, sailing and kayaking
Embark on this expedition to the Terra Incognita of Patagonia, between the fjords and glaciers of Tierra del Fuego along the Darwin mountain range.
This is an adventure for true nature lovers who have experience in sea kayaking and knowledge of camping in remote areas. This is only for true adventurers with experience and who require minimal logistical support.
Description: In this adventure you will discover the heart of Tierra del Fuego in Chilean Patagonia. Begin to arrive at the largest natural park on the island, Karukinka, managed by the WCS Wildlife Conservation Society. Then, travel the most traveled paths and trails to the fjords of Tierra del Fuego, exploring unique landscapes and ecosystems. Then, you can navigate in front of huge ice walls in the fjords modeled by the numerous glaciers and interact with the extraordinary wildlife of the area, such as; Marine elephants, dolphins, sea lions, black breeding albatrosses, king penguins, wild guanacos, among others. This is a journey that will take you back to the historical times in which the adventures tried to conquer this untamed land. On this trip the main transport is by kayak, there will be a zodiac boat that will accompany you during all the time for safety reasons and to establish the camps. You need to have good physical condition and experience in camping and kayak techniques to enjoy this true adventure.
Don Germán and his family was awarded as; The Man at the End of the World, produced by GLP Films, was recently voted "First Adventure Travel Film of 2017" in the Adventure in Motion video contest of Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA)
The program of trekking, kayaking and photography among the fjords and glaciers of Tierra del Fuego in Chilean Patagonia is a form of adventure trip in the largest natural park of Tierra del Fuego, Karukinka. Once there, we have the opportunity to see the conservation work that WCS carried out there. From here we move by land to reach the fjords of Tierra del Fuego to explore.
In this adventure we will sail in front of huge ice walls, fjords, recently modeled by glaciers, we will see extraordinary wildlife, which include: elephant seals, leopard seals, dolphins, sea lions, black-browed albatrosses, king penguins and other species.
This is a true adventure, you need to have a good physical condition, and want to live a real experience
Day 1 Punta Arenas - Karukinka Park
06:00 Pick up of hotel passengers or agreed place. Transfer to Punta Delgada (crossing to Tierra del Fuego on Ferry)
08:00 Arrival to Bahía Azul (Tierra del Fuego)
08:15 Transfer from Bahía Azul to Karukinka Natural Park.
11:30 Arrival to the Karukinka Natural Park. Welcome meeting with the WCS - Wildlife Conservation Society guides who will inform you about conservation work in the park.
12:00 Lunch time
15:00 Trekking to see condors. (2 hours)
18:00 Meeting at the end of the trip for a light snack and a drink, opportunity to have an explanation of the activities for the next day.
20:00 Dinner and Accommodation (Domo or Employer's House)
Day 2: Karukinka - Fagnano Lake - Jackson Bay
05:00 Contemplación del amanecer Fueguino (optional)
06:00 Transfer to Estancia Lago Fagnano, Rancho de Don Germán Genskowski and his Family.
08:00 Breakfast at Estancia Lago Fagnano.
10:00 Transfer from Estancia Lago Fagnano to caleta María. Tour Elephant Seals Tour (3 hours)
We take a zodiac boat and sail to Jackson Bay, photography of elephants and seabirds
13:00 Arrival at Estancia Lago Fagnano and lunch time.
16:00 Trekking or horseback riding (optional)
18:00 Patagonian lamb barbecue and local music
Day 3 Lake Fagnano - Caleta Maria - Parry Fjord
07:00 Transfer to Caleta María stop to take a zodiac boat and sail to the Parry Fjord (1 hour)
09:00 Arrival to the Parry Fjord. Landing to take the kayak
10:00 Start of the paddling. We sail towards the glaciers, crossing the bays, cliffs, between the tempanos and always in front of the Darwin mountain range (3 hours of navigation)
13:00 Arrival at the base camp "Anfiteatro". lunch
17:00 Walk to the viewpoint of the "Amphitheater"
Free afternoon, dinner and accommodation.
Day 4 Full activity in the fjord
08:00 On the zodiac boat we sail towards the last Glacier, in search of the leopard seal. If the weather conditions and the glacier allow good access we can visit the only seal colony in the American continent.
15:00 We take the kayak to go sailing in the Fjord to Caleta Maria (25 km - 6 hours)
19:00 Arrival at Caleta María
20:00 Transfer to Karukinka Park
Dinner and accommodation.
Day 5 King Penguin Park
09:30 Transfer to useless bay, King Penguin Park
12:00 Visit to King Pinguino Park, Lunch
13:30 Transfer to Porvenir - Punta Arenas
Transportation Punta Arenas - Tierra Del Fuego - Punta Arenas
Kayaking from Maria Bay – Parry Fjord – Maria Bay
Navigation in zodiac boats to jackson bay, visit elephans seals
1 night accommodation in dome
2 nights in cabin Tierra del Fuego style
1 night camping in front of a glacier (tent, sleeping bag, dinning tent)
Zodiac boat for logistic and security support
Food: All Meals, snacks, cocktails, hot and cold drinks
Kayak: Tandem double kayak, and kayak gear (skirt, paddle, poggies ,PFD) semi dry clothes Kokatat, Kayak Guide, Paddling techniques and Safety Briefing interpretative and observation of wildlife during the paddling sessions.
Hiking: Interpretative walks through sub-antartic forest and vegetation.
Gifts: Photo record of the expedition, t-shirt