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 on our expedition in Laguna San Rafael National Park, surrounded by a unique natural environment!

Through this expedition we can carry out activities such as navigation, contemplation, and hiking, thanks to which we can 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.

We will spend the night in a shelter in the middle of the forest, in the National Park. It will be an incredible expedition in one of the most beautiful landscapes in the area, in total contact with nature.

We will make a navigation to the San Rafael glacier, where we can have the unique opportunity to taste whiskey in millenary ice! We include all meals and if you wish, transportation from your hotel in Puerto Tranquilo.
Puerto Tranquilo: 07:30 hs
Explorers Bay Pier: 09:45 hs

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Puerto Tranquilo: 19:30 - 20:00 hs (Day 2)
Explorers Bay Pier: 17:30 hs (Day 2)
2 Days - 1 Night
August - April
- Navigation
- All meals: 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)
- Entrance fee to Laguna San Rafael National Park
- Accommodation at the Caiquen shelter of CONAF
- Passenger insurance (18 to 60 years old)
- Guided Walk
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.

Details of Travel Packages

Depending on the choice of transfer, you will be picked up by the guide on the first day in Puerto Esperanza at 7:30 AM, or we will meet at the dock of Bahía Exploradores at 9:45 AM (please check below how to get there if you choose this option). Once gathered, we will have a brief safety talk and directions on the trip.

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

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

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

Here we can also find native flora species, such as Chiloé and Magallanes coigue, cinnamon, nalcas, nirre, plum tree, tepa, guaitecas cypress, tenio mañio, and the endemic hebe salcifolia that only grows in Laguna San Rafael National Park. We can also see characteristic birds of the evergreen forest, and if we are lucky, we can take the shy pudu and the elusive winks. At the end of the walk, we will have dinner and spend the night in the shelter.

During our second day, after having breakfast at the refuge we will return to the pier to embark at 12:30 and navigate to the glacier wall, enjoying this magnificent spectacle from a different perspective. After lunch, we will start the return to Bahía Exploradores.

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

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Rates of Laguna San Rafael Expedition in Puerto Rio Tranquilo

Valid rates for 2020 per person

Expedition 2 days - 1 night
Service with transfer. It includes • Navigation • Complete meals: lunch, dinner, breakfast. All this accompanied by small snacks (cookies, chocolate, nuts, among others and drinks, tea, coffee and whiskey to drink with ice from the glacier) • Entrance to Laguna San Rafael National Park • Accommodation in CONAF Caiquen refuge • Passenger insurance (18 to 60 years) • Guided Walk
Offered in: ESP,ENG
Starts: 07:30 Hs
Duration: 2 DIAS
Operates: EVERYDAY

From: USD 482

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