Kayak River Serrano


Upon finishing your visit to Torres del Paine National Park, your return to Puerto Natales needn’t be the common one. We invite you to choose the best alternative, how about a paddle down the River Serrano in a Sea kayak? This river joins two national parks and is the maritime connection between Puerto Natales and Torres Del Paine. It’s a two-day trip to Puerto Toro, where you will take a ferry that back to town through the incredible Ultima Esperanza fjord. You will have the chance to appreciate virgin lands with exuberant vegetation, thousands of birds, and the imposing Chacabuco range and “Balmaceda Mountain” will rear up in front of your kayak.

$580.00 (per person/based on 4*)

*Final cost depends on the number in your group. Additional cost for single. Contact us with any questions.
** For groups of 5 and over the price of an extra guide will be added.

Travel Plans:


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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


  • 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


  • Sleeping bag (Puerto Natales has many rental centres)
  • Excursion individual equipment (technical clothes, cleaning supplies, toiletries, camera, sunscreen, etc).


  • 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
  • Hat
  • Gloves
  • 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

Full Itinerary

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.