The 2 Day / One-Night Program
Operated Between: December to April
Whale Watching On Board Small Ship
We offer a wonderful, albeit noisy at times (when the anchor is dropped and retrieved), opportunity to stay on board a converted fishing vessel that boast wood-paneled cabins, WC´s with showers, dining room and outside decks. This trip is adventurous, passing into one of the remotest, pristine areas on Earth filled with natural marine fauna, and costal lands full with native forests, snow-topped mountains, hanging glaciers and glaciers that come down to meet the sea. The navigation enters channels fiords, into the heart of mother nature. When the whales are spotted the ship will get as close as is safe and passengers can marvel at the majestic Humpback´s as they dive down for food to reveal their uniquely marked tail fins. This option should be incorporated into the rest of your Patagonian itinerary as an add-on pre or post Torres del Paine.
Check-in in the centre of Punta Arenas at 18:00hrs
Return approx. 17:00hrs the day after next.
After check- in passengers will take by minibus for about 1hr and 30 minutes to the embarkation point at Punta Carrera, South-West from Punta Arenas. After boarding the boat, we will weigh anchor at 21:00hrs. The dinner will be served on board.
Night 1 – On board ship as it navigates from Punta Arenas to the Marine Park.
Day 1: Exploring the Marine Park.
At approximately 7hrs, the boat will drop anchor inside the “Helado Sound”, in the southern area of Santa Inés Island and opposite a stunning Glacier. During the morning you will have the option to board zodiac boats to arrive at the foot of the glacial ice wall, disembarking at one of its sides for a closer look.
During the rest of the day the ship will navigate between Canal Bárbara and Carlos III Island (in the middle of the marine park), looking for whales that can be found feeding in these waters.
At nightfall, as we sit down to dinner, the journey back to Punta Carrera will start, while guests settle in for a good night’s rest in their cabins.
Night 2: On board ship as it navigates back to Punta Arenas.
Arrival to Punta Carrera at around 07:00hrs. Once the ship has dropped anchor and after breakfast, passengers will be taken to the mainland to get the minibus back to Punta Arenas arriving around 09:00hrs.
NOTE: The landing sites may vary over time, as new places of interest are added and discovered.
Clothes to Take
This excursion involves being in a boat that crosses the sea. You need to have a warm outer coat, warm clothing in general, a warm hat, maybe gloves, study outdoor hiking boots, trekking pants (trousers), sun glasses and a camera of course.
Return transportation from Punta Arenas – Punta Carrera, all meals, wines and open bar on board.
The 3 Days / Two Night Program
SEASON: Between December to April
Day 1: Pick you up between 8:00 am and 8:30 am at their place of accommodation to head to Punta Carrera where we boarded our boat at 09:00 am and we head to the island Carlos III. The journey is approximately 9 hours sailing during which we will pass by historic sites.
Day 2: After a big breakfast, spend the second day exploring the marine park, we will go to the feeding grounds of whales. We will also see penguin colonies, seabirds and terrestrial large as the condor or the giant petrels and sea lions. Lunch will be served on board. And also make a visit to the Glacier Santa Ines.
Day 3: After breakfast, sail around “Rupert Island” here is the home of the colony of Magellanic penguins and then begins the journey back to Punta Arenas, always looking for the latest sightings whales. We eat on the trip and will be back in Punta Carrera about 18:00 PM. On arrival at Punta Arenas, scheduled is estimated at 19:30 pm where we will take you back to your place of lodging.
Hotel pick up