Laguna San Rafael Expedition In Puerto Rio Tranquilo

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Highlights of Laguna San Rafael Expedition

We invite you to spend two days and one night in our expedition in Laguna San Rafael National Park, surrounded by an unparalleled natural environment!

The magnificent landscapes of San Rafael are made up of fjords, channels, islands, estuaries and ice. Declared a Biosphere Reserve, it is the main gateway to Chile`s Northern Ice Field

The San Rafael Glacier attracts the eyes of visitors from all over the world, and we will embark on a navigation to get closer to it to appreciate its greatness from up close.
Through this expedition we will also carry out sight-seeing and hiking activities, thanks to which we will be able to appreciate the landscapes from unique perspectives, always accompanied by our expert guides who will help us identify the fauna and flora that we find on our way. 

It will be an incredible expedition in one of the most beautiful landscapes of the area, in total contact with nature. 

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Puerto Tranquilo: 07:30 hs
Explorers Bay Pier: 09:45 hs
Puerto Tranquilo: 19:30 - 20:00 hs (Day 2)
Explorers Bay Pier: 17:30 hs (Day 2)
2 Days
August - April
- Navigation
- All meals
- Entrance fee to Laguna San Rafael National Park
- Accommodation at the Caiquen shelter of CONAF
- Passenger insurance (18 to 60 years old)
- Guided Walk
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The walk is suitable for all ages, and has sections with climbs, stairs, and other flat areas through the forest. The hiking activity lasts approximately 4 hours round trip.
Suggested equipment for the passenger and information:
- The shelter is a basic facility so bring a towel and other personal items. If taking medication always consider bringing an extra dose.
- Carry your clothes and personal items in a backpack (no suitcase)
- First layer: ideally breathable T-shirts
- Second layer: Coat, trekking trousers, hat, gloves, cover for the neck.
- Third layer: Rain and wind clothing - ideally waterproof jacket and pants or waterproof layer - trekking shoes or rubber boots (for water)
Essential items
- A second pair of rest shoes, as trekking shoes are likely to get wet (ideally crocs or similar).
- 1 change of dry clothes: socks, t-shirt, coat, trousers that may remain in the shelter and remain dry in case the passenger gets wet.
- Personal hygiene items
- Flashlight or headlamp
- Waterproof protection for the backpack and/or devices such as a camera.
- Sunblock
- Sunglasses
- Fare valid for a minimum of 4 passengers. In case of smaller group, please contact us for availability, since in high season it is possible to coordinate it.
- To perform this program it is necessary to contact us at least three days in advance to coordinate the logistics.
- How to get to Bahía Exploradores: In Puerto Tranquilo, just before crossing the bridge of its northern limit, you must turn towards Route X-728 towards the Exploradores Valley, following this route until the end of the road (Km. 86). It is approximately two hours from Puerto Tranquilo, so they must leave approximately 7:30 AM to arrive at 9:45 to the meeting point.
- CONAF`s Caiquen Shelter is equipped with: 2 single beds with sheets and blankets, 2 single bunk beds with sheets and blankets, 1 double bed with sheets and blankets, bathrooms with hot water, Kitchen - dining room - living room sector, Electricity only for basic lighting and charging cameras or telephones (through solar panels) and heating with firewood
Lunches, dinner, breakfasts. All this accompanied by small snacks (cookies, chocolate, nuts, among others and drinks, tea, coffee and whiskey with ice from the glacier)

Details of Travel Packages

Our tour starts depending on the option chosen:
- If you booked the option with transfers, our guide will pick you up at your accommodation in Rio Tranquilo at 7:30 AM.
- If you booked the option without transfers, we will meet at the dock in Bahia Exploradores at 9:45 AM.

Once we have met, we will have a brief safety talk and travel directions to be ready to visit Laguna San Rafael National Park.

With an extension of 1,742,000 hectares, this park is the largest in the Aysén Region, and includes all of the Northern Ice Fields that give rise to countless rivers and lagoons. Although the glacier and the lagoon are its greatest attraction, this park is home to a great variety of birds, both marine and terrestrial, and other wild animals

We will embark on a two-hour navigation through the Exploradores River delta, where we will enjoy a delicious breakfast while observing the unique beauty of the landscape. 

Once we arrive at the pier of the San Rafael Lagoon, we will disembark for a 40 minute walk where we will pass by the ruins of the Ofqui Hotel. After settling in the CONAF* Caiquén refuge and a light lunch, we will start a hike to the glacier viewpoint.

We will walk along a path that will take us through the interior of a forest, which will present us with different views of the lagoon as we advance. We will finally arrive at the San Rafael glacier, where we will marvel at the impressive spectacle before our eyes. It is also possible to observe and listen to the thundering ice slides.

Here we will also be able to find native species of flora, such as the coigue de Chiloé and Magallanes, cinnamon trees, and the endemic hebe salcifolia that only grows in the Laguna San Rafael National Park. We will also be able to see birds characteristic of the evergreen forest, and if we are lucky, we will be able to take the shy pudu and the elusive guiñas. At the end of the hike, we will have dinner and spend the night in the refuge. 

During our second day, after breakfast at the refuge, we will return to the dock to board at 12:30 and sail to the wall of the San Rafael glacier, enjoying this magnificent spectacle from a different perspective. 

After lunch, we will begin our return to Bahía Exploradores. Those who have reserved the option with transfers, will return to Rio Tranquilo. 

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