Laguna San Rafael Expedition In Puerto Rio Tranquilo

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Highlights of Expedition In Laguna San Rafael

We invite you to spend two days and one night on our expedition in the Laguna San Rafael National Park, surrounded by an incomparable 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 the Chilean Northern Ice Field. 

The glacier San Rafael attracts the gaze of visitors from all over the world, and we will embark on a navigation to get closer to it to appreciate its greatness up close.
Through On this expedition we will also carry out watching 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 in the area, in total contact with nature.
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Quiet Port: 07:00 a.m.
Exploradores Bay Pier: 09:00 am
Puerto Tranquilo: 7:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. (Day 2)
Exploradores Bay Pier: 5:30 p.m. (Day 2)
2 Days
August - April
• Navigation
• Complete food (lunches, dinner, breakfasts. All this accompanied by
small snacks such as cookies, chocolate, nuts, among others and drinks, tea, coffee and whiskey to drink with millennial ice).
• Entrance to Laguna San Rafael National Park
• Lodging in CONAF`s Caiquen refuge.
• Insurance for passengers (18 to 60 years old)
• Guided walk
Extras not mentioned in the itinerary
The walk is suitable for everyone, it has sections with climbs, stairs and other planes 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 you must bring a towel and other personal items with you. If you take medication, always consider bringing an extra dose.
* Carry your clothes and personal items in a backpack (not a suitcase)
• First layer: ideally breathable t-shirts or sweatshirts.
• Second layer: Fleece coat, Trekking pants, Hat, Gloves, neck cover.
• Third layer: Clothes for rain and wind - ideally waterproof jacket and pants or rain coat - trekking shoes or rubber boots (for water)
essential items
• A second pair of shoes for rest, since the trekking ones will possibly get wet (ideally crocs or similar)
• 1 change of dry clothes: socks, t-shirt, coat, pants that can be left in the shelter and remain dry in case the passenger gets wet.
• Personal toiletries
• Flashlight or headlamp
• Waterproof for the backpack and/or devices such as a camera.
• Blocker
• Sunglasses
- Rate valid for a minimum of 4 passengers. In case the group is smaller, please contact us to see availability, since in high season it is possible to coordinate with the program for the day.
- To carry out this program it is necessary to contact us at least three days in advance to coordinate logistics.
- How to get to Bahía Exploradores: In Puerto Tranquilo, just before crossing the bridge at its northern limit, turn onto 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 you should leave approximately 7:30 a.m. to arrive at the meeting point at 9:45 a.m.
- The CONAF 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, bathroom with hot water, kitchen-dining-living area, electric light only for basic lighting and charging cameras or phones (light is through solar panels) and wood heating
Lunches, dinner, breakfasts. All this accompanied by small snacks (biscuits, chocolate, nuts, among others and drinks, tea, coffee and whiskey to drink with ice from the glacier)

Details of Travel Packages

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

Once gathered, we will have a brief safety talk and instructions about the trip to be prepared to visit the Laguna San Rafael National Park. div>

With an extension of 1,742,000 hectares, this park is the largest in the Aysén region, and includes all the Northern Ice Fields that give rise to innumerable rivers and lagoons. Although it is true that the glacier and the lagoon are its main attractions, this park is home to a wide variety of birds, both marine and terrestrial, and other wild animals. 

We will embark on a two-hour navigation through the delta of the Exploradores River, where we will be able to enjoy a delicious breakfast while observing the singular 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 travel 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 thunderous ice falls.

Here we can also find native flora species, such as the coigue from Chiloé and Magallanes, canelos, and the endemic hebe salcifolia that only grows in the Laguna San Rafael National Park. We will also be able to see characteristic birds of the evergreen forest, and if we are lucky, we will be able to catch up with the shy pudú and the elusive guiñas. At the end of the walk, 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 embark at 12:30 and sail towards the wall of the San Rafael Glacier, enjoying this magnificent spectacle from a different perspective. 

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

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