Difficulty level: Intermediate
Duration: 2 days
Distance: 42 Km / 26 miles of paddling
Operational season: October to March
Departures: every day on request
Highlights: Close-up views of Glacier Serrano, navigate River Serrano and journey through the Ultima Esperanza fjords
Day 1: Navigate Serrano River from Pueblo Serrano to Puerto Toro
Day 2: Visit Serrano Glacier and ferry to Puerto Natales through the Ultima Esperanza fjords
THIS ITINERARY INCLUDES:
- Sea kayak guide
- Transportation from Puerto Natales or from inside Torres del Paine National Park (this must be on the regular route), to the Serrano River sector
- Bernardo O´Higgins National Park entrance fee
- Navigation ticket Puerto Toro – Puerto Natales
- Paddling equipment including dry-suit
- Camping euipment
- All meals (except breakfast on Day 1)
- Transfer back to the Hostel/ Hotel
THIS ITINERARY DOES NOT INCLUDE:
- Sleeping bag (Puerto Natales has many rental centres)
- Excursion individual equipment (technical clothes, cleaning supplies, toiletries, camera, sunscreen, etc).
WHAT TO BRING:
- Base layers to wear under the drysuit
- Middle layer / polar to keep warm
- Isolation jacket to keep warm
- Waterproof out layer and trousers
- An extra set of clothes
- Synthetic underwear
- Warm socks
- Approach shoes / trainers
- Small flash light
- Sleeping bag (-10°C/4°F)
- Insect repellent
- Sun block
- Sun glasses
- Lip balm
- Bottle for water
Note: Avoid cotton and jeans
DAY 1: Navigating River Serrano
Navigating River Serrano
We depart at 7:00 am from Puerto Natales to the Serrano sector in Torres del Paine National Park. There is the option to be picked up from the park, should you already be there.
On the bank of River Serrano we will instruct you on the safety precautions to have a secure and comfortable trip and load the kayaks with the necessary equipment to start the excursion.
The adventure begins! We will paddle to Salto del Rio (a beautiful waterfall) where a short walk and portage (carrying the kayaks) will allow us to avoid the falls. We will follow the mighty river on our way to Glacier Serrano. The viewpoints from Glacier Tyndall and the Geike mountains signal that we are nearing the Southern Ice Field. Here we will have a break to replenish our energy and eat lunch with a spectacular view, one not often seen by visitors. After, we will slowly get closer to Monte Balmaceda until we meet with the waters of the Ultima Esperanza fjord. At these same waters, Juan Ladrilleros was intensely searching for an exit to the Atlantic sea (circa 1558). From this point we have a privileged view from Glacier Serrano.
We will camp at Puerto Toro for the night, where we will enjoy a delicious dinner with the wild Patagonian nature beside us.
DAY 2: Enjoying the fjords of the Ultima Esperanza
Enjoying the fjords of the Ultima Esperanza
Early in the morning, after breakfast, we will portage (carry) our kayaks about 30m to Serrano Lagoon, where the glacier ends. We will paddle alongside blue icebergs, which break off the huge glacier, and be back at midday to catch a ferry which will take us back to Puerto Natales through the Ultima Esperanza fjord. This journey has an amazing view of Glacier Balmaceda. We will stop at Estancia Perales to have a delicious and traditional flame roasted lamb. At 18.00hrs we will arrive to Puerto Natales.
Important: Please bear in mind that throughout the trip the itinerary may have to be modified, owing to the famous Patagonian wind.
At times the lagoon can be blocked with too many pieces of ice, if this is the case it won’t be possible to paddle across.