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BAHÍA EXPLORADORES -> LAGUNA SAN RAFAEL -> BAHÍA EXPLORADORES
Boats for 10 - 12 people, Programs from 1 to 3 days, from US$ 250

It is a new way to visit Laguna San Rafael from Exploradores Bay, now connected by road from Puerto Río Tranquilo, at Lake General Carrera, about 220 km south of Coyhaique in the Carretera Austral.
It is a more adventurous trip, in small boat for 10 - 12 people. It is less comfortable, but a more intimate experiencie. The programs with overnight at the shores of Laguna San Rafael, include a walk through the forest towards a view point overlooking the glacier.

Important: Due to the characteristics of the small vessels, with strong winds and waves, the excursion cannot take place. That is why we recommend to consider alternative dates for doing this excursion, if possible.

General Information about the Programs:

All programs start and finish at the dock at Bahía Exploradores. If you don't have a vehicle, it is possible to hire the transfers from and to Puerto Río Tranquilo.
The road is fine for every kind of vehicles*), but it is narrow and has a lot of curves. That is why you have to consider aprox. 2 1/2 hours to drive the 90 kilometers and must leave from Puerto Río Tranquilo not later than 07:00 AM.
*)Important: At km. 75 there is a bridge that you must cross to get to the dock area. Its dimenssions don't allow big vehicles to pass through like motor homes and such. Please consult with us first, if you are travelling with a large vehicle.

 
Excursion to Laguna San Rafael from Bahía Exploradores
Program
Rate from
Bahía Exploradores
With transport from
Puerto Río Tranquilo
Full Day
Ch$ 150.000
Ch$ 165.000
Program 2 days / 1 night
Ch$ 230.000
Ch$ 245.000
Program 3 days / 2 nights
Ch$ 380.000
Ch$ 395.000
 
Program 1 Day: Full Day in Laguna San Rafael

Feel the force of the glacier and experience the life around it. Icebergs falling and the amazing blue color of the landscape will take you to another time and remind you of the wonderful feeling of just sitting and letting nature wrap its arms around you.

Duration: 8 hours
Activity: Navigation.
Description: The tour begins at 9:45 am at the end of the road that connects Puerto Tranquilo with Bahía Exploradores. At this point you will find the dock from where our boats leave towards Laguna San Rafael. It takes 2 ½ hours by car to reach this point from Puerto Tranquilo, so it is recommended to leave town no later than 7:00 a.m.
Once you reach the dock, our guide will welcome you and assemble the group towards embarking one of our boats. Here begins a smooth and pleasant voyage down the Exploradores river, where we will enjoy our breakfast with the beautiful surrounding landscape.
After 2 ½ hours approx we will arrive at Laguna San Rafael National Park. We will disembark in CONAF´s dock and take a 30-minute walk to rest from the boat trip and also to visit the ruins of the historical Ofqui Hotel.
Afterwards we will return to the boat and navigate towards the wall of the glacier, to glaze at the magnificent spectacle of the ice wall and the landscape that surrounds it. We will enjoy a homemade lunch while staring at the blue wall, followed by a whisky on the rocks (with ice as old as the Glacier) and a nice coffee or tea to warm up.
After this we will start heading back to Bahía Exploradores, arriving at the dock at approximately 17:00.

Services included in the tour:
• Navigation
• All meals:
o Breakfast (Homemade bread, jam and cheese with filtered coffee or tea)
o Homemade lunch (pasta, meet, stew) + dessert.
o Cookies and chocolate will complement the meals during the entire trip, along with coffee and tea.
o Complementary Whisky with millenary ice.
• Passenger insurance (18 – 60 years old)
• Entrance to the Laguna San Rafael National Park

**Doesn´t include beverages**

Program 2 Days/1 Night: Live and Feel San Rafael

Experience the calmness and solitude, just you, the forest and the glacier. Let yourself be carried away by the nature and wildlife in the Laguna San Rafael Area by hiking along a trail inside the forest and be marveled by the different views of San Rafael.

Duration: 2 days, 1 night.
Activity: Navigation, contemplation and trekking
Description: The tour begins at 9:45 am at the end of the road that connects Puerto Tranquilo with Bahía Exploradores. At this point you will find the dock from where our boats leave towards Laguna San Rafael. It takes 2 ½ hours by car to reach this point from Puerto Tranquilo, so it is recommended to leave town no later than 7:00 a.m.
Once you reach the dock, our guide will welcome you and assemble the group towards embarking one of our boats. Here begins a smooth and pleasant voyage down the Exploradores river, where we will enjoy our breakfast with the beautiful surrounding landscape.
After two hours navigating we will reach Laguna San Rafael, where we will get off at the dock of CONAF and begin a 40-minute walk, passing by the historical ruins of the Ofqui Hotel, towards the Caiquen Refuge where we will spend the night. Here, after having a quick lunch we will start our afternoon trek through the trail that leads to the view point of the San Rafael Glacier. A place where it is possible to hear and observe the calving process suffered by the glacier, evidence of the rapid decrease of the ice. During this trip it is possible to observe native flora and fauna, if we are lucky we might be able to catch a sight on a shy pudu (small deer) or the elusive guiñas (wild cat).
After the walk, we will have dinner at the refuge and get a good night sleep.
On the next day, after having breakfast, we will walk towards the dock and embark at approximately 12:30 on the boat to go towards the wall of the glacier. After lunch we will begin the return to Bahía Exploradores, arriving at 17:00 hrs.

Services included in the tour:
• Navigation
• All meals: Lunch, dinner and breakfast. All this accompanied by small snacks (biscuits, chocolate, nuts, etc. Also we include drinks, tea, coffee and whiskey to drink with ancient ice)
• Entrance to Laguna san Rafael national park
• Accommodation in Caiquen Refuge
• Guided trekking
• Passenger insurance (18-60 years old)

The trekking is for all ages and physical conditions. It goes through a trail along the forest, it has parts where you go up stairs and up a small hill. This activity lasts approximately 4 hours.

Program 3 Days/2 Night: Amazing landscapes, glaciers, rivers, forest and cultural heritage

Be marveled by the unique history and landscape of a traditional crossing that connects Laguna San Rafael and the Gulf of Penas in the open Pacific. A route that was traditionally used by indigenous groups of the south, and where the Chilean government tried to build a canal during the years 1937-1943.

Duration: 3 days, 2 nights.
Activity: Navigation and trekking
Description: The tour begins at 9:45 am at the end of the road that connects Puerto Tranquilo with Bahía Exploradores. At this point you will find the dock from where our boats leave towards Laguna San Rafael. It takes 2 ½ hours by car to reach this point from Puerto Tranquilo, so it is recommended to leave town no later than 7:00 a.m.
Once you reach the dock, our guide will welcome you and assemble the group towards embarking one of our boats. Here begins a smooth and pleasant voyage down the Exploradores river, where we will enjoy our breakfast with the beautiful surrounding landscape.
After two hours navigating we will reach Laguna San Rafael
, we will cross the lagoon and disembark around the Isthmus of Ofqui area. Here, after having lunch, we will begin a hike through a trail that will last approximately 2 hours.
By the end of this trail we will have reached Río Negro and embark on an zodiac boat to begin our descent through the river (3 hours approximately) until we arrive at San Quintin beach, where we will be able to gaze at the glacier that bears the same name. Here we will establish our camp and prepare our dinner.
During this trip you will meet the ruins of a canal which construction began in the 40´s, as well as the long and eternal beach where the waves from the Gulf of penas crush. The literature aboard the boat and the knowledge of our tour guides will take you to a journey through the impressive history of this mythical and forgotten place of Patagonia.
Next day we will start with a walk by the beach or with a hike towards an area called Isla del Diablo. Later we will return through Río Negro towards Laguna San Rafael. Here we will navigate through the lagoon towards the northern shore, passing by the wall of the glacier to witness it’s beautiful and magnificent blue scenery. Later we will disembark at the dock and start a 40 minute walk to Caiquen Refuge, where we’ll get ready to spend the night. If the weather seems fine, it will be possible to do a hike towards the view point of the glacier, which will take around 4 hours round trip and can be done either in the afternoon of the second day or in the morning of the third day.
Finally, around noon of the third day, we will begin heading back to Bahía Exploradores.

Services included in the tour:
• Navigation
• All meals: Lunch, dinner and breakfast. All this accompanied by small snacks (biscuits, chocolate, nuts, etc, drinks, tea, coffee and whiskey to drink with millenary ice.
• Entrance to Laguna San Rafael National Park
• Guiding
• Sleeping arrangements in San Rafael (CONAF cabin) and on the San Quintin Beach (camp)
• Navigation through the Isthmus of Ofqui.

Important:
• For this program, it is necessary to make reservations at least one week in advance.
• This is an ADVENTURE program and the passenger must consider that it is done in a very wet and swampy area. The closest medical facility is at 300 km. We have done this program with different types of passengers, including children and seniors (in good physical condition), but it is necessary that you take this information in account in case you want to do this program
.

Lodging in Refuge:

The CONAF Caiquen refuge is equipped with:
• 7 single beds with sheets and blankets + 2 cots with sleeping bags.
• Shower with warm water
• Kitchen – living and dining room area
• Basic electricity only for lighting and charging cameras and phones, it is provided by small solar pannels.
• Firewood heating system

The refuge is very basic. So please take with you towels, and other personal items. If you are on medication, please take along an extra dose.

How to make a reservation:
In TravelAid we can take your reservation with the following information:

-Full name
-Nationality
-Passport or ID number
-Date of birth

Please tell us also if you are driving in your own vehicle to Bahía Exploradores, or if you need to hire the transfer service.
 


The boat waits for the passengers at the dock at Bahía Exploradores.


From the deck, the passengers enjoy an amazing view.


Iceberg at Laguna San Rafael


Seal resting on the ice.


All this area is protected as National Park.

Program 2 days/1 night:


Landscape near the CONAF's refuge.


Outlet of the lagoon with floating icebergs.


Trail towards the viewpoint.


The 2 and 3-day programs include a walk towards the viewpoint overlooking the glacier.


Viewpoint at the end of the trail.

At the viewpoint with panoramic view towards the lagoon and glacier San Rafael

Program 3 days/2 nights:


The boa
t arrives to the opposite shore of Laguna San Rafael


Getting off the zodiac, down Río Negro


The supporting boats at the outlet of Río Negro, Quintín beach.


Walking down Quintín beach


The "dinning room" at our campsite.


Campsite with the glaciers San Rafael (left) and Quintín, on the back.

CONAF´s Refuge Caiquén:


The refuge is basic, but comfortable.


Lounge


Double room


Room with bunk beds.

For more information, please contact us at:

TravelAid · Ansorena 425 local 4 · Pucón · Chile · info@travelaid.cl · travelaid@gmail.com
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