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Sail on your sea kayaks next to the whales scrolling between fjords and glaciers of Chilean Patagonia inthe mythical Magellan Strait and Darwin's mountain range in Tierra del Fuego. This is an adventure tripfor nature lovers with the additional comfort and safety of the support provided by the “mothership”.A luxury adventure. Kayak with whales between fjords and glaciers mothership mode program is anadventure trip in which you sail to Francisco Coloane Marine Park in the Strait of Magellan. In this trip you will get to interact with humpback whales in the southern fjords of Tierra del Fuego, near Darwin’s mountain range. This trip offers the logistical support of the mothership, so that while you face the ever-changing conditions of the Patagonian nature, exploring it in the kayaks you have the constant support of the ship with all its amenities. This offers the opportunity to have these close encounters with nature to visitors who do not have the time or experience to make an autonomous expedition.

Why kayak agua fresca?

about us

Kayak Agua Fresca is an experienced adventure tourism company which has been

operating in the region since 2009. We promote sustainable principles as well as

the local development of eco-tourism. We aim to deliver experiences which allow

our guests to foster a stronger connection and understanding for our natural

environment, history and culture. We want you to have a great and unforgettable

time but we must always be respectful of our community and our pristine

environment. We offer professional equipment and the best security standards,

this means that you can focus on experiencing every moment while our friendly

and professional staff insure the safety of all guests. Finally, we are local kind

people and we have a love for service, we will always give you the best of us.

wilderness explorer

INTRODUCTION OF NAVIGATION

This excursion is designed for real adventurers and nature's lovers. Navigate

the southern fjords of Patagonia aboard a mothership. Kayak through

incredible locations from the comfort of our stable double sea kayaks. We will

visit spectacular feeding grounds of Humpback Whales and paddle through

majestic fjords between glaciers and waterfalls. This experience will leave you

feeling like a true explorer as we paddle in one of the last untouched regions

of the world. After you experience the unique weather conditions of Patagonia

rest assured that that our mothership will offer provide you with warmth and

comfort. Here we will enjoy another adventure, traditional chilean meals with

exquisite wine. Now it's a great time to share our stories and experiences from

the day. You don't need to be an expert sea kayaker, our guides will share with

you professional instruction to insure safety and allow you to develop your

paddling skils.

Kayaking Whale Watching

2 Days - 1 Night

Itinerary 

Day 1

06:00 Pick up main square of Punta

Arenas. Transport to Carrera Bay.

07:30 Set Sail.

Navigation towards Francisco Coloane

Marine Park.

08:30 Pass by Cape San Isidro

10:00 Pass by Cape Froward

12:30 Arrival at the Marine Park, first

sightings of marine wildlife in Simon Bay.

13:30 Lunch at Shag Pass. (Important

whale watching place)

15:00 Kayaking in Shag Pass or

surroundings.

18:00 End of kayak activity, dinner and

accommodation on board.

Day 2

 

06:00 Breakfast

07:00 Kayaking or photography aboard

a zodiac with whales.

12:00 End of activity

13:00 Lunch

14:30 Returning navigation to Punta

Arenas

21:00 Arrival at Punta Arenas


Schedule

WHEN DO WE TRAVEL ?

Regular trips twice a week.

Every wednesday and every

weekend from February to May.

FEBRUARY

Saturday 24 / Wednesday 28

 

MARCH

Saturday 3 / Wednesday 7

Saturday 10 / Wednesday 14

Saturday 17 / Wednesday 21

Saturday 24 / Wednesday 28

Saturday 31

 

APRIL

Wednesday 4 / Saturday 7

Wednesday 11 / Saturday 14

Wednesday 18 / Saturday 21

Wednesday 25 /Saturday 28

 

MAY

Wednesday 2 / Saturday 5

Wednesday 9 / Saturday 12

Wednesday 16 / Saturday 19

Wednesday 23 / saturday 26

Wednesday 30


This trip Includes:

 

- Transport from and to Punta

Arenas.

 

- Accommodation aboard a

Mothership

 

- Kayak activities

 

- Bilingual and Local Guides

 

- Meals aboard

 

- Education about enviromental

and historical facts.

 

- Full kayak equipment

 

- Accident Insurance

 

To book your adventure write an

e-mail to:

Kayakaguafresca@gmail.com

PRICE: 500000 CLP

$USD 850 p/p


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Interest points in our navigation

INTEREST POINTS

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF NATURAL AND HISTORICAL ATTRACTIONS OF OUR NAVIGATION

1  CARRERA BAY

STARTING POINT OF THE EXCURSION - SET SAIL POINT

Located 50 km south of Punta Arenas, near from Bulnes Fort.

It is known as an important port of shipment in the city of Punta Arenas.

2 BULNES FORT

REPLICA OF THE HISTORIC FORT, WHERE THE FIRST SONS OF MAGALLANES REGION WERE BORN.

In May, 1843 the schooner “Ancud” set sail from Ancud, Chiloé Island, in command of

Captain John Williams. After 4 long months of sailing, the schooner “Ancud” anchored

outside “Hunger Port” on September 21st. Captain Williams took possession of the Strait

of Magellan and its territory. In this place was founded a fort named “Bulnes”, in tribute to

the current president “Manuel Bulnes”.

3 CAPE SAN ISIDRO 

OBLIGATORY PASS OF THE GREATEST SAILORS IN MARITIME HISTORY OF MAGALLANES

REGION.

San Isidro Lighthouse is the southern most habitable lighthouse of the American continent.

It has more than 100 years of history that are part of the cultural heritage of the zone.

Pristine environment surrounded by sub-antarctic forests and marine wildlife such as the

Peale's Dolphin, an endemic species of Southern South America. It is also possible to find

Sea Lions and South American Fur Seals.

4 MOUNT TARN

PLACE OF DISCOVERIES.

Charles Darwin was one of the first explorers in the ascent “Mount Tarn” in 1834. He

visited “The Strait of Magellan” and sailed aboard the famous English ship “The HMS

Beagle" commanded by the Captain Fitz Roy during the 19th century. Darwin discovered

the first ammonites that has been ever found in South America. Ammonites are ancient

cephalopod molluscs with rolled outer shells and bilateral symmetry.

5 ÁGUILA BAY

THE ONLY WHALING IN THE STRAIT OF MAGELLAN MORE THAN 100 YEARS AGO.

Águila Bay is located 75 km south of Punta Arenas, at the beginning of the southeast

coast of Brunswick peninsula. There was the first plant for storage and treatment of

whale oil. There were important facilities for industrial slaughtering of cetaceans. In the

active period of whaling they almost exterminated the species reaching a number of 30

cetaceans. Nowadays, there are approx. 240 whales remaining in the Magallanes Region.

6 CAPE FROWARD

THE MOST SOUTHERN PIECE OF LAND OF THE AMERICAN CONTINENT.

Located 90 km south of Punta Arenas. In this place is the famous “Cross of the seas” in

tribute to all the brave sailors that have sailed this rough waters. Cape “Froward” was

named by the English corsair Thomas Cavendish, in due to his many attempts to sail this

waters. Froward means: difficult to deal with.

7 FRANCISCO COLOANE MARINE PARK

CHILE'S FIRST MARINE PARK

Created in 2003. Located in Magallanes region, in the Strait of Magellan between Santa

Ines and Riesco Islands. The Park was created because it is part of a very important

biological corridor, being the habitat of the famous Humpback Whale and here is possible

to see whales during their feeding season.

8 SHAG PASS

PLACE OF GREAT CONFLUENCE OF WHALES

The Shag Pass is located within the protected area of Francisco coloane Marine Park,

between Cayetano and Santa Inés Islands. It is a place that has a great concentration of

Humpback Whales and it is an essential point in our navigation.

9 SARMIENTO GLACIER

A HUGE SUB-ANTARCTIC ECOSYSTEM

This is a tempered-cold glacier, it is sometimes very rainy and it use to suffer frosts.

It belongs to the mountain range of the southern Patagonian Andes. The area is

surrounded by dense sub-antarctic Nothofagus forests. There are also many islets and

rocks covered with mosses and lichens, charactheristic of the sub-antarctic ecosystems.

The marine ecosystem is determined by feeders and the convergence of migratory

currents of many marine mammals and birds.

A close encounter with the majestic humpback whales

WHY WHALES COmETO PATAGONIA

"More than 300 humpback whales enter the Strait of Magellan every

year to feed and rest for five months"

Humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) undertake seasonal migration between

productive high-latitude areas where they feed in summer and low-latitude tropical waters

where mating and calving occur during winter. In the eastern south Pacific, the species

breeds off Colombia and Ecuador, and feeds primarily in the western Antarctic Peninsula

and in the waters of the Strait of Magellan, like feeding ground for humpback whales.

The duration of the whale's trip between these migratory destinations is 88 and 99

days. The humpback whale enters the channels of the Strait of Magellan and stayed there

for almost five months to eat and rest.

 

References: CAPELLA, JUAN J et al. Migratory round-trip of individually identified humpback whales at the Strait

of Magellan: clues on transit times and phylopatry to destinations. Rev. chil. hist. nat., Santiago, dic. 2008.

<http://www.scielo.cl/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S0716-078X2008000400008&lng=es&nrm=iso>.

The southernmost forests in the world

SUB ANTARCTIC FORESTS

The southernmost forests in the world grow in Magellanic Chile, where forest species extend

their range to within about 500 miles of Antarctica. The Subantartic Magellanic Evergreen

Rainforest Ecoregion runs along the western margin of southern South America, extending

from Penas gulf (48°S) to Cape Hornos (56° S). The distribution of this Ecoregion is correlated

with an oceanic microthermal temperature regime and high, constant precipitation.

The vegetation shows principally two types of forest, mainly evergreen "Nothofagus

betuloides" forests to the west and deciduous "Nothofagus pumilio" and "Nothofagus

antarctica" forests towards the east. This forests are pretty old, some specimens of

Nothofagus betuloides are probably 1500–2000 years. There are other species like

"Pilgerodendron uviferum" and "Podocarpus nubigena" that may reach ages of ⩽1000 years.

Even some of the small understory trees are probably several hundred years old.

Its varied and majestic landscapes that include high mountain peaks, enormous icefields, and

innumerable fjords are inhabited by endemic animal and plant species. Glaciers and icefields

predominate toward the Andean mountains zone, while moorland and Tundra formation prevail

toward the Pacific Ocean border. You can also find miniature forests covering the rocks and soil

of the tundra formations along the coast and alpine zones with a diversity of lichen and moss

species. This Tundra formations are characterized by prostate dwarf shrubs, cushion plants,

grass-like plants and bryophytes on water-logged terrain that in different combinations form

vegetation of scrub or bogs. The bogs comprise characteristic austral species such as Astelia,

Bolax, Caltha, Donatia, Drapetes, Gaimardia, Phyllachne and Lepidothamnus.

 

References: Young, S. B. (1972) Subantarctic Rain Forest of Magellanic Chile (ed G. A. Llano), American

Geophysical Union, Washington, D. C. And World Wildlife Foundation.

an unique experience in remote rough waters

ANCESTRAL CANOE ROUTES

In this adventure you are going to navigate some of the canoe routes where Kawésqar

native people used to move hundreds of years ago. As one of the Southern-Chilean

Canoe Tribes, the Kawésqar lived a nomadic life, paddling the archipelago's channels in

their canoes moving from island to island in search of food. It is said that they even

carried their canoes short distances over land to avoid unnecessary sea trips. They used

to navigate an extended territory from the Gulf of Penas roughly to the Strait of

Magellan as far as the southern end of the Sarmiento Channel. Their canoes could hold a

family of up to ten people. The family traveled with its dogs, weapons and tools, and the

leather sheet that was used as a tarp at campsites.

References: Chilean museum of pre-Columbian art.

an unique experience in remote rough waters

Some routes Kawésqar used to navigate and we may also navigate are the following:

San Nicolás Bay - Bouchage Bay

Charles Islands - Shag Pass

Bachelor River - Rupert Islands

Cape San Isidro - San Nicolas Bay.

 

References: Chilean museum of pre-Columbian art.

Recommendations

Considering the rough weather conditions of the zone, we recommend you to dress in

layers. You should wear a base Layer made of merino wool or synthetic fabrics.

Remember this is your next-to-skin layer. It helps regulate your body temperature by

moving perspiration away from your skin. A middle layer (insulating layer) helps you retain

heat by trapping air close to your body. Micro-fleeces, merino wool tops, soft shells and

insulated jackets are some middle layers. And an outer layer that protects you from the

wind and rain. You should also bring a warm beanie or a bandana, some warm gloves and

comfortable shoes.

Our Mothership

ABOUT ALAKUSH

The Mothership consists of:

6 Double rooms, 3 bathrooms, dining room and one main deck.

This ship has total capacity for 16 people.

Navigate in our mothership, named Alakush.