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TOUR: PATAGONIA BY SEA
Santiago, Viña del Mar, Valparaiso, Puerto Montt, Patagonian channels, Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales, Torres del Paine,
|Duration||:||13 days / 12 nights|
|Type / activities||:||Historical, cultural, adventure and nature|
|Reservation||:||Two months before planned departure.|
|Tour Season||:||Variable, depending on the tours contracted at each destination.
Serrano and Balmaceda Glaciers: Only on Sundays, other days only after consultation.
|Places Visited||:||Santiago de Chile, Viña del Mar and Valparaiso, Puerto Montt, Patagonian channels, Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales, Torres del Paine, Glaciers Serrano and Balmaceda.|
DAY 01: International Arrival
Arrival, reception at airport and transfer to the hotel of your choice.
Afternoon free, depending on arrival time of your flight.
DAY 02: Santiago: City Tour
Breakfast. In the morning a city tour of Santiago de Chile. The first place visited is the Cerro Santa Lucia Hill, an important architectural complex, which constitutes an attractive and notable element in the image of the city.
We will continue on to the centre of the city, where the Main Square - Plaza de Armas with the Cathedral, the Royal Tribune - Real Audiencia, the Main Post Office - Correo Central, which used to be the residence of the Conquistador, and the Municipality of Santiago is situated. A few blocks away from the Plaza we will see the so called Coin Palace - La Moneda, which used to be the place where the Spaniards minted their coins, but today is the presidential palace and residence ever since the declaration of Chile's independence from the Spanish Crown.
DAY 03: Santiago - Viña del Mar and Valparaiso - Santiago
Breakfast. In the morning we will start out on our visit to the city of Valparaiso, picturesque city, rich in native architecture, inspiration of artists and poets, which has been declared Cultural Heritage of Humanity. It is located at 120 kilometres (almost 75 miles) from Santiago.
During the trip you will be able to appreciate the imposing view of the valleys of Curacavi and Casablanca with their famous vineyards. Once in Valparaiso, we will see the picturesque houses and the cable cars. We will make a stop over at the outlook viewpoint of the Mirador 21 de Mayo, one of the many in the city and which allows for a magnificent view over the bay of Valparaiso.
We will continue on to the neighbouring city of Viña del Mar, the Garden City, which with its paradisiacal beaches is the most important beach resort in Chile, and one of the principal ones of South America. The sea and vegetation seems to be the perfect combination for this jewel of the Pacific, also known as the Garden City. It is located 9 kilometres (about 6 miles) northwest of Valparaiso and offers all types of comfort for its visitors.
Free time for lunch at Viña del Mar. Return to Santiago and your hotel.
DAY 04: Santiago - Puerto Montt
Breakfast. At the appropriate hour transfer to the airport to board your plane to Puerto Montt. Arrival, reception and transfer to the hotel of your choice.
DAY 05: Puerto Montt: Start of Sea Cruise
Transfer to the Cruise Line offices for check in of passengers between 9 AM and Noon. Boarding time at 2 PM, leaving Puerto Montt at 4 PM, cruising through the Gulf of Ancud, during which the passengers can enjoy on board activities or the sights.
After dinner, maybe a movie, some music or a visit to the pub on board, while we cruise through the Gulf of Corcovado.
DAY 06: The Patagonian Channels
During the morning, an opportunity to visit the town of Melinka and its surroundings.
At 11 AM there will be a conference on the Kaweskar, an aboriginal indigenous people of the area. We will cruise through the Straits of Breva, where there are often sightings of sea lions and cormorants. The ship will continue its cruise through the Moraleda Channel.
During the afternoon there will be talks on the local wild and plant life. At night we will enter the Gulf of Sorrows - El Golfo de Penas.
DAY 07: The Patagonian Channels
At dawn, if weather permits, there will be a beautiful view of the Messier Channel, which you can enjoy with a free early morning coffee from 6 AM in the ship's pub.
We will make a landfall at Puerto Eden. We will visit the village and meet the descendants of the original aboriginal indigenous people of the area before we continue through the Straits of Paso del Indio. (Visit to Puerto Eden not included in the final price). In the afternoon there will introductory talks on the Torres del Paine as well as the showing of documentaries. We finish off the day with a bingo and a party.
DAY 08: Arrival Puerto Natales
During the morning we will cruise through the Straits of White, the narrowest during the cruise until we reach Puerto Natales in the afternoon, when we will be transferred to our hotel in Puerto Natales.
DAY 09: Puerto Natales visiting the glaciers
Note: It departs regularly only on Sundays during Low Season, other days only after consultation.
We embark early in the Sound of Last Hope - Seno de Ultima Esperanza. During the trip we will see a landscape surrounded by forests and mountains, with southern sea lions frolicking in their rookeries and the area called "Cormorant Colony" on the cliff sides and where we will be able to see these birds.
The ship will get close to the Balmaceda Glacier and anchor at the mouth of the Serrano River, where we will disembark to make a short walk through the woods to the Glacier and the lakeshore with its floating icebergs. It is quite common to observe the impressive calving of icebergs by the glacier into the fiord.
Later we will arrive by ship to the Estancia Perales for lunch. In the afternoon we will return to Puerto Natales and our hotel.
DAY 10: Puerto Natales - Torres del Paine - Puerto Natales
After an early breakfast we will leave the hotel and start our tour with a visit to the Cueva del Milodon, a natural formation, made out of three caves, with the largest at 150 m.a.s.l. as well as a rocky outcrop called the Devil's Saddle - La Silla del Diablo. We will travel past the shores of the Sarmiento, Nordenskjold and Pehoe lakes, with the ever-present imposing mountain range backdrop of the Torres del Paine, and enjoy the varied wildlife dominated by the characteristic Guanaco herds. We will continue on an inland route to Lake Grey and its glacier of the same name, one of the largest in the area and the end of the southern ice field. Lunch at a local inn. In the afternoon we return to Puerto Natales and our hotel.
DAY 11: Puerto Natales - Punta Arenas
Transfer on regular bus from Natales to the hotel in Punta Arenas.
In the afternoon, City tour through Punta Arenas, a city at the end of the world with little less than 120000 inhabitants that grew up alongside the Magellan Strait.
We have planned a circuit which commences with a visit to Cerro Mirador, from where you can get a panoramic view of the City and the Magellan Strait; later you will tour the main streets and monuments, besides having the chance to visit the Maggiorino Borgatello Museum and the Institute of the Patagonia, so you can appreciate a natural history and ethnological exhibit that has a collection of samples of flora and fauna, as well as craftsmanship made by the Yaganes, Onas and Alacalufes peoples and the way of life of the first colonists.
The tour ends with the last stop at the Main Plaza.
DAY 12: Punta Arenas - Santiago
Breakfast. Transfer to the Punta Arenas Airport in time to board your flight to the city of Santiago de Chile. Arrival, reception and transfer to the hotel of your choice.
Free afternoon for last minute shopping according to your time of arrival. Overnight.
DAY 13: International Departure
Breakfast. Free day depending on the departure time of your flight. Transfer to airport in time to board your international flight.
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The capital of the Chilean Patagonia, presents a cold steppe climate, similar to all other populated centres in the area. Average annual mean temperatures in (the southern hemisphere) summer are 10,6 ºC (51 F) and in the (southern hemisphere) winter 2,0 ºC. (35 F) Annual average mean rainfall is 425 mm (16 inches), with January being the month with most rainfall.
WHAT TO PACK
We recommend to bring rain proof jackets and trousers, thermally insulated shirts, polar windbreaker, headgear with earmuffs, thermally insulated gloves and socks, shorts, sandals, sunglasses with UV protection, sunscreen and blocks and chap sticks (minimum factor 30) for your face and lips, insect repellent, sunshade, water proof hiking boots (if new, we recommend that you break them in before coming.), and other warm clothing.
Tap water is safe to drink in most places but we recommend you to stick to bottled water to avoid unpleasantries.
HEALTH AND EMERGENCY SERVICES
We recommend the Hospital Regional and the Los Andes Clinic; both equipped to attend emergencies and surgery during 24 hours a day.
The Chilean cuisine is very varied, we can mention a few typical dishes such as: Empanada de Pino (fried dough pastries filled with onions, meat, raisins and olives), Pastel de Choclo (corn pie prepared with sweet corn, meat, eggs and olives), Porotos Granados (tender beans cooked with squash and sweet corn), Cazuela de Ave or Vacuno (chicken or beef broth with cooked vegetables), apart from the typical regional local dishes.
Lastly, you must try the exquisite Mote con Huesillos, a dessert made out of cooked fruit and sweet corn.
Restaurants in Santiago
Restaurants in Puerto Montt
Restaurants in Puerto Natales
Restaurants in Punta Arenas
IMPORTANT: Turismo Enjoy Chile reserves the right to, without previous notice, make changes in the order of the excursions and trips, due to climate, river levels, arrival and departure times of aircraft or buses or any other relevant reason that may affect the best enjoyment or safety of your trip.