Laguna San Rafael & Golfo De Las Penas In Puerto Rio Tranquilo

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If you go to Carretera Austral, this is one of the most incredible experiences you can have. We invite you to enjoy a unique expedition in the "Laguna San Rafael National Park", surrounded by an incomparable natural environment.

The amazing 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

Through this experience of 3 days and 2 nights you will be able to see the San Rafael Glacier from another perspective, the one that will only give you the connection with the forest and the unique nature of the place, exploring this historical route that since time immemorial was used to connect navigation between the  San Rafael Lagoon and the Gulf of Sorrows

< div style="text-align: justify;">During this adventure you will be able to do trekking, hiking, sailing, as well as sections in zodiac to get closer to the heart of the Gulf. 

You can choose option 1 which includes transfers from "Puerto Tranquilo" and leaves at 07.00 A.M. Or you can choose option 2 that does not include transfers and you must go on your own to the meeting point and where the experience begins at the "Bahía Exploradores" Pier at 09:00 am.
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It will be an incredible expedition in one of the most beautiful landscapes on the planet, in total contact with nature. 

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Option 1: Includes transfer from Puerto Tranquilo, departs at 07:00 am.
Option 2: Does not include the transfer, you must be at the Bahía Exploradores Dock, it leaves at 09:00 am.
Option 1: Includes transfer to Puerto Tranquilo, arrives at 7:00 p.m. Approx.
Option 2: Does not include transfer, arrives at Bahia Exploradores Dock, departs at 5:00 p.m. Approx.
3 Days
October - April
- Navigation and crossing to the Isthmus of Ofqui.
- Full meals: Breakfast day 1, 2 and 3. Lunch day 1, 2 and 3. Dinner day 1 and 2.
- Tea, coffee and/or hot water available during the entire navigation to the wall of the San Rafael Glacier.
- Tasting of whiskey with ancient ice.
- Insurance for passengers (18 to 60 years).
- Lodging in Tent Lotus Belle: heating and equipped beds.
Not Included
- Tips.
- Additional features.
- The unspecified.
- Does not include: juices, mineral water or drinks.
Physical Reqs.
- This is an adventure program, where it is necessary to consider that the sector where it takes place is very humid and swampy. It is isolated and the nearest medical center is 300 km away. It is essential that the passenger is aware of this condition.
What To Bring?
*Personal supplies:
- Medications (only if required).
- Flashlight or headlamp, extra batteries.
- Personal first-aid kit (we have a group one, but it is always good to carry a personal one).
- Personal bottle for water.
- Sunscreen/Raincoat for the backpack.
- Sunglasses.
- Sun hat.
- Dry bags or ziploc to store wallet, important papers, camera, among others.
- Microfiber bath towel.

-First layer: T-shirts or sweatshirts, ideally breathable.
-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 and/or rubber boots.
-1 change of dry clothes: socks, t-shirt, coat, pants.
-Closed half-round or trekking shoes.
-Crocs or light change shoes.
-Dry or garbage bags to store your clothes inside your backpack in a waterproof way.
-Backpack to carry your things (30 – 75 liters) *NO SUITCASE*
- Semi-Private Service: Minimum 4 People/Maximum 8 People. (In case the group is smaller, please contact us to see availability and not pay additional).
- Operates from October to April. Subject to Weather Conditions.
- To carry out this program it is necessary to contact us at least three days in advance to coordinate logistics.
- Consult for the type of vehicle that can arrive, since there are bridges on the way.
- In Puerto Tranquilo there is only 1 ATM, and only some have card payment. It is better to carry cash in Chilean Pesos.
- In Puerto Tranquilo as in most small towns in Chile. There is ONLY ENTEL cell phone signal.
- How to get to Bahía Exploradores: from 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 must leave approximately 7:00 a.m. to arrive at the meeting point at 9:00 a.m.
- Lodging in Lotus belle tents with sleeping bag, liners and blanket. In addition to a small combustion.
Included Menu
- Breakfast with kneaded bread, grain coffee or tea on the edge of the navigation or in the camp.
- Lunch: Local and homemade food (potato cake, corn cake or lasagna, may vary).
- A sweet snack during the day.
- Tea, coffee and/or hot water available during navigation.

Details of Travel Packages

*Live the calm and experience of being just you, the forest and the glacier from very close*

We can start this experience by choosing option 1 that includes transfers from "Puerto Tranquilo" and leaves at 07.00 am. Or you can choose option 2 that does NOT include transfers, in this case you can go on your own to the meeting point and where the experience begins at the "Bahía Exploradores" Dock at 09:00 am.

The adventure starts already leaving from Puerto Tranquilo , the amazing landscapes begin to excite us and prepare us for what we are about to experience. Just before crossing the bridge at the northern limit, you must turn onto route X-728 towards the Valle de Exploradores, which you must follow until km. 91 where is the end of the path. It is approximately two hours from Puerto Tranquilo to this point. The meeting time is at 9:00 am in Explorers Bay, here we will have a large but “informal sector” to park and the crew will be waiting for us.

Once we arrive at the dock, the guide will give us a brief talk about safety and trip overview. Then we will embark on the picturesque boat, called "La Certeza", where we will begin a smooth navigation through the final stretch and delta of the Río Exploradores, a particularly beautiful setting where we will also enjoy a rich breakfast on board.

We will cross the lagoon to disembark at the sector of the Ofqui Isthmus Beach. At this point we will have lunch and begin a walk along a historical path, which has the remains of what was the attempt to build a canal between the years 38`and 40` of the last century to join San Rafael Lagoon with the Gulf of Penas.

After a walk of approximately 2 hours we will arrive at the Río Negro, where we will embark on a zodiac boat to begin the descent down the river. After 1 hour and a half of navigation, we will arrive at San Quintín Beach, with a view of the imposing glacier of the same name. 

When we return from the walk we will set up our camp and prepare dinner, we will spend the night in our "Lotus belle tents", equipped with beds, sleeping bags and a small combustion. Throughout this journey, you will be able to learn about the history of Ofqui and enjoy the beautiful beach at the end of the road, eternal and long where the waves that come from the Gulf of Sorrows crash.

The next day, we will start with a walk along the beach towards a sector called Isla del Devil. We will spend the day discovering whale bones, miniature forests, following animal tracks and deciphering the wonderful biodiversity of the sector. 

We will arrive at our camp at sunset to prepare dinner and spend the second night in the sector. 

On the third day we will return to San Rafael where we will meet the boat to take us towards the blue wall of the glacier. After lunch we will begin the return to Exploradores Bay, arriving at the dock at approximately 5:30 p.m. and then continue on to Puerto Tranquilo.
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