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.
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.
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
06:00 Pick up main square of Punta
Arenas. Transport to Carrera Bay.
07:30 Set Sail.
Navigation towards Francisco Coloane
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
18:00 End of kayak activity, dinner and
accommodation on board.
07:00 Kayaking or photography aboard
a zodiac with whales.
12:00 End of activity
14:30 Returning navigation to Punta
21:00 Arrival at Punta Arenas
Regular trips twice a week.
Every wednesday and every
weekend from February to May.
Saturday 24 / Wednesday 28
Saturday 3 / Wednesday 7
Saturday 10 / Wednesday 14
Saturday 17 / Wednesday 21
Saturday 24 / Wednesday 28
Wednesday 4 / Saturday 7
Wednesday 11 / Saturday 14
Wednesday 18 / Saturday 21
Wednesday 25 /Saturday 28
Wednesday 2 / Saturday 5
Wednesday 9 / Saturday 12
Wednesday 16 / Saturday 19
Wednesday 23 / saturday 26
This trip Includes:
- Transport from and to Punta
- Accommodation aboard a
- Kayak activities
- Bilingual and Local Guides
- Meals aboard
- Education about enviromental
and historical facts.
- Full kayak equipment
- Accident Insurance
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PRICE: 500000 CLP
$USD 850 p/p
Interest points in our navigation
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
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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
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.