Kayaking in the strait of magellan and tierra del fuego mode mothership 7days 6 nights

Where is this Journey?

This is a sea kayak expedition format through the Strait of Magellan, Francisco Coloane Marine Park, the fjords of southern Tierra del Fuegoas Parry, Ainsworth and Almirantazgo including an overland section in southern Tierra del Fuego in the park Karukinka ,dedicated to conservation .  A complete adventure through the very end of South American continent.

Some highlights in the general route of this trip


Punta Arenas -  San Pedro River - San Isidro Lighthouse - Cape Froward - Francisco Coloane Marine Park - Ainsworth Fjord - Parry Fjord - Caleta Maria  Bay – Karukinka park - Pampa Guanaco 

WHo is the trip designed for?

The trip is designed for true nature and adventure lovers, active people who are willing to experience  nature, under Patagonian conditions, who also like good service and comfort in the mothership and  enjoy sharing with other adventurers a good wine, a good experiences and nice adventures. No need to be skilled in the techniques of sea kayaking, but willing to learn, to follow instructions from our expert guides and leaders ,who will help and assist you at all times becoming a full expedition team.

What is special about this trip?

This trip mix adventure and direct contact with nature, with the comfort and security that provides a Mothership or support vessel. It is a soft-adventure, but it goes a little further ... every place we  will visit have points of interest; either historical, geographical, in flora & wildlife; - such as the humpback whale that returns to these channels to feed each year, traveling between Ecuador and sub-Antarctic waters-, scientifically , cultural, typical food, history and legacy of the nomad cultures of  native sailors ;who now we imitate to explore its domains in fragile boats, as by kayak in the same way as they did only accompanied by wildlife in these waters, like; penguins, black-browed albatross, elephant seals, sea lions, petrels and cormorants, also with whales and dolphins. This is a complete adventure that takes us even in an overland at the end of the tour, to explore the south of Tierra del Fuego; forests, mountains and animals, such as large herds of wild guanacos. In this part we will know the conservation work carried out by the WCS, at Karukinka park, where scientific research is conducted and have the opportunity to walk along trails and get surprise with the  beauty of the landscape of this place. Finally we will take a flight back to Punta Arenas, flying over the places where we were in our expedition, closing a great adventure in the South American continent.

trip Description

Kayak Agua Fresca organized this expedition,in partnership with another company using a Support vessel to carry on this trip best know as Mothership. In a first part of the trip we paddle two days along the coast of the continent, surrounded by mountains and evergreen forests, guided by experts guides who are familiar with the area. In this section we will visit several historic sites, such as The lighthouse of San Isidro and Eagle Bay. On the second day we reach Cape Froward, the southernmost point of the American continent, making the journey a challenge.We will always be supported by the “Mothership”, providing us the security and warmth of a floating home every day, accompanied by typical food and a comfortable berths . This vessel makes us  possible to reach the most remote places in less time, safely and comfortably.


After sailing through the continent the boat will brings us to Francisco Coloane Marine Park created  for protection, conservation and research of biodiversity , specially the Humpback Whale . We  will explore the main points of marine fauna and most beautiful places of the park.


Then we move on our Vessel  to the next point of interest, visiting the Marine Park and the most interesting fjords of southern Tierra del Fuego, we will enjoy a privileged view of the Cordillera Darwin and its glaciers, making this trip designed to discover every day a different location.


We land in Tierra del fuego to continue our overland adventure, crossing Tierra del Fuego, passing through rivers, lakes, mountains and ancient forests to arrive to Karukinka Park certainly a nice way to end our exciting exploratory adventure.


Finally we fly from Tierra del Fuego to Punta Arenas, flying over the visited areas of the trip. 



Day 1: Punta Arenas – Punta Árbol – Cape San Isidro - San Nicolás Bay

07:00 Pickup of passengers from hotel or agreed place.

08:00 Meeting with guides staff and briefing of our day adventure.            Breakfast at the beach, then introduction to the  kayak geAR            and garments to all participants follow by a security kayak                briefing and paddling techniques.

09:30 Start Paddling at Punta Arbol up to San Isidro cape.  (1 hour)

10:30 Arrival at San Isidro Lighthouse area, visit highlight spots                  around the area

11:30 Paddle San Isidro Lighthouse up to San Nicolas Bay

14:30 Lunch time

                                                                                                       16:00 Keep paddling heading to Rosas Bay (2 hours)

                                                                                                       19:30 Dinner


*Lecture: Magellan Strait and native wildlife.

Day 2: Rosas Bay - Cape Froward - Francisco Coloane Marine Park

07:30 Breakfast

08:30 Rendez vouz with the passengers at the deck for                            disembark in the zodiac boats to the beach. 

09:30 Keep paddling  heading to Cape Froward (1 hour)

11:00 arrival at Cape Froward, preparation and ascent to sea                      cross monument, time to  see an amaze view of the                        mountain surroundings.  Cocktail at the mountain top.                   Descent to the shore line.

13:30 Passengers boarding and sailing to marine park

13:45 Lunch time

                                                                                                        18:00 Arrival at Francisco Coloane Marine Park. Whale watching                                                                                                                        on board vessel.

                                                                                                        19:00 Gathering at the end of the trip for a light snack and a                                                                                                                            beer, while the next day technical talks will be given.

                                                                                                        20:00 Dinner


*Lecture: Marine park and its biodiversity

Day 3: Francisco Coloane Marine Park – Shag Pass – Ainsworth Fjord

07:30 Breakfast

08:00 Rendez vouz with the passengers at the deck for disembark in          the zodiac boats to the beach. 

09:00 Briefing : Security & Paddling techniques (on the beach)

09:30 Paddling start at Shag pass (wildlife route)

12:00 Return to the beach to connect with zodiac boats and back to          the vessel.

13:00 Lunch time.

14:30 Rendez vouz with the passengers  at the deck for disembark in          the zodiac boats to the beach. 

                                                                                                        15:00 Start Paddling from  Shag pass to  Castellano Island (second                                                                                                                    point for whale watching). Four hours journey by inland                                                                                                                          waterways, to see waterfalls, rivers, valleys and islands, with                                                                                                                    great scenic beauty.

                                                                                                        19:00 Return to the beach to connect with zodiac boats and back to                                                                                                                  the vessel.

                                                                                                        19:30 Briefing: Technical & useful info , and activities for next day.                                                                                                                    (Cocktail)

                                                                                                        20:30 Dinner


*Lecture: Fire Land, elephant seals.

Day 4 Ainsworth Fjord - Parry Fjord (Glaciers)

07:30 Breakfast

08:30 Rendez vouz with passengers at the deck for disembark in           the zodiac boats to the beach. 

09:30 Start Paddling  at Ainsworth Bay area.  Wildlife observation           (elephant seals colony)

11:30-12:00 Snack at the beach

12:00 Hike to a Glacier lookout(Darwin’s mountain range route)

14:00 Return to the vessel by the Zodiac boats 

14:30 Lunch time

14:30 – 18:00 Sailing towards Parry Fjord. (Anchor at                                 amphitheater zone)

19:30 Briefing: Technical & useful info , and activities for next day.                                                                                                                   (Cocktail)

                                                                                                                            20:30 Dinner



*Lecture: Darwin’s range ice fields, expeditions, glaciology, leopard seals.

Day 5: Parry fjord – María Bay Port -

08:00 Breakfast

09:00 Start paddling at the Chico Glacier area and return to María              Bay area

12:00 Lunch

18:00 Arrival at Caleta Maria Cove

18:30 Transfer to Karukinka Park

20:30 Arrival at Karukinka  

20:45 Briefing: useful and technical info and activities for the next            day (cocktail)

21:00 Dinner






* Lecture: Elephant seals – King Penguin

Day 6: Karukinka Park - trekking

09:30 Breakfast

10:30 Welcome meeting with WCS guides, talk about the park . Trekking  to condor lookout. (2 hours)

13:00 Lunch time

15:00 4 hours hike, up to the Paciencia (Patient) Valley, plants and vegetation study.

19:30 Briefing: Technical & useful info , and activities for next day.

20:30 Dinner




* Lecture : free anybody shares their experiences, guests.

Day 7:  Roast lamb  “Asado al palo” typical Patagonian meal demostration and tasting

09:00 Breakfast

10:00 Preparation of roast lamb, the Gaucho style

14:00 Lunch time (tasting)

15:00 Trip ending ceremony and souvenir delivery

16:30 Transfer to airfield to take airplane back to Punta Arenas.

18:30 Arrival at Punta Arenas airport.

19:30 Arrival at Punta Arenas city


***End of Program***


Transportation:  Ground Transfer from Punta Arenas to boarding port, sailing of all the sections mentioned in the description , domestic flight from Karukinka to Punta Arenas

Boat: Accident insurance, accommodation on board in shared base cabins (double and quadruple berth) with shared bathrooms

Food: Meals, snacks, cocktails, hot and cold drink mentioned above.

Kayak:  Tandem double kayak, and kayak gear (skirt, paddle , poggies ,PDF) semi dry clothes Kokatat, Kayak Guide, security and technical 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, informative field guide material,

t-shirts with humpback whale logos and Chilean wine