Laguna San Rafael Expedition In Puerto Rio Tranquilo

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USD $484

Highlights of Expedition To Laguna De San Rafael 2 Days

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 "San Rafael Laguna 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

The San Rafael Glacier draws the gaze of visitors from around the world, and we will embark on a navigation to get closer to him and appreciate his greatness from as close as possible. 

Through this experience of 2 days and 1 night also you will experience watching and hiking, thanks to which we will be able to see the landscapes from unique perspectives, always accompanied by expert guides who will help us identify the fauna and flora that we find on our way.

You can choose option 1 which includes transfers from "Puerto Tranquilo" and leaves at 07.00 am. 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.

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

You can`t miss it if you come to Chile!!

Price per person
USD $484
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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 Bahía Exploradores Dock, departs at 5:00 p.m. Approx.
2 Days
October - April
- Roundtrip navigation to the San Rafael Glacier.
- Full meals: Breakfast day 1 and 2. Lunch day 1 and 2. Dinner day 1.
- Snack during the walk or navigation.
- 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 the Lotus Belle Tents with sleeping bag, liners and blanket.
- Tips.
- Additional features.
- The unspecified.
- Does not include: juices, mineral water or drinks.
- The walk is suitable for everyone, it has sections with climbs, stairs and other planes through the forest. It is a path with a lot of water and it lasts approximately 4 hours round trip.
* 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 raincoat.
- 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.
- 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, cookies or varied snacks.
- 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*

You can split this experience 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 Dock "Bahía Exploradores" at 09:00 am.

The adventure begins 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 the 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 pier, the guide will give us a brief safety briefing and a general description of the trip. 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 delicious breakfast.

After 2 hours of navigation we will be arriving at the "Laguna San Rafael". Here we will disembark at the CONAF dock and begin a 40-minute walk, along a flat path but with many mallines and water, passing through the historic ruins of the Hotel Ofqui and Arriving at the campsite and common area, here we will have a light lunch.

Then we will start the walk to the "Glacier Viewpoint", Walking along a path that will take us inside the forest and will show us different and wonderful views of the lagoon. To finally reach the viewpoint from where we will contemplate the "San Rafael Glacier" in all its magnitude. It is possible to observe and listen to the thunderous calving of ice, tangible proof of the rapid retreat of the ice. As well as during the tour we will observe species of flora such as Coigües, Canelo, Nalca, Ñirre, Ciruelillo and Ciprés de las Guaitecas, among others, and the endemic Hebe salicifolia which only grows in the Laguna San Rafael park.
Birds characteristic of the evergreen forest and marine ecosystems will also accompany our journey and if we are lucky, we will be able to see the shy Pudú and the elusive Güiñas.

Upon returning from the walk we will have dinner and spend the night in our "Lotus belle tents", equipped with beds, sleeping bags and a small combustion chamber.

The next day, after breakfast We will begin the return to the dock to embark at approximately 12:30 and sail towards the glacier wall. So we can see this magnificent setting from a new perspective. We will have lunch and begin the return to Bahía Exploradores.
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