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Sea Kayaking and trekking Caleta Gonzalo

Pumalin Park

Time of the Year: November to April

Length               : 10 Days / 9 Nights

Departure Time   : 09:00 am.

Requirements      : No especial requirement. 

No Include           : Sleeping Bags are not include 

Includes              : - Round-Trip Transportation - Comunications - All Meals and Snack on the Kayaks - Insurance - Expert Guide (English – Spanish) - Personal Support - Equipment - Fully Equipped single and double kayaks - Paddles and Accessories - Camping Equipment - Tent - Cooking Utensils - Support Boat   Cabañas de Caleta Gonzalo

Need to Bring        : Passport, money, ticket, Emergency medications, day bag, light weights rainwear and windbreak for paddling, and bathing suit, or short wet suit for paddling, shoes and socks, sandals, sun hat, shirt, pants, short, synthetic underwear (capilene) top and bottom, sleeping bag, toll knife, sun block, toilet kit biodegradable, small flash light and batteries, sun glasses.

 

Description

 

Day 1:

 

We depart early in the morning, leaving your hotel; we ride by coach south on the Southern Highway to our destination the village of Hornopirén. Arriving in about four hours, we set up our kayaks. Our Boat will be waiting for us to accompany and provide support and comfort throughout our journey. This is the northern entrance of the Pumalin project. After  lunch we will paddle towards a beautiful island called Llancahue (about 3 hours paddling). Here we spend the night camping. 

 

Day 2:

 

 We shall leave Llancahuè early morning, making our way back across the Comau fjords, and from there we continue our trip into the fjords of Quintupeu. Here we camp with a view of glaciers in one direction and four miles of fjords in the other (about 4or 5 hours of spectacular paddling). Set up camp and eat a hearty lunch. Afternoon free to explored the beautiful surroundings, or just kick back.

 

Day 3:

 

Leaving Quintupeu whit the change of the tide we shall make better time paddling back out of the Quintupeu fjords. This day will be our longest paddling day in which we shall cover about 20 miles if somebody decide to take a ride in our support boat please just let us know . Today we reach the waters of the Cahuelmò fjords and a soothing hot springs will be our reward. Local people had carved many rustic tubs in rock at the water edge years ago. Each one is a different size and all have very hot water, easily regulated by simple and natural methods to attain the temperature desired for an extremely pleasant bath. These baths are part of the project Pumalin and thus have more Comfortable camping facilities and bathrooms. We proceed to prepare our campsite in order to enjoy the rest of the afternoon in this incredible place, with a beautiful sunset, and have a relaxing night at the hot springs.

 

Day 4:

 

We will have early breakfast. Those who wish to enjoy the hot springs at sunrise must wake up very early in the morning. Today we shall to enjoy all the possibilities that the area offers to us, starting by the hot springs, salmon fishing, recollection of shellfish during the low tide and paddling the sea kayaks. Low tide is the perfect moment to start the hike to Lake Abascal just if the trail os open it could be close or out of maintanance, please ask if this is your goal of this day so we can program something different.

In case we can get to Abascal  you have to hike approximately 7miles from camp. Nestle between tremendous spires of the Andes. We shall enjoy dramatic scenery on this hike, and star making our way back to base camp in the afternoon to arrive for dinner, and after long day, a relaxing soak in the springs.

 

Day 5:

 

Today we leave the Cahuelmó hot springs (High tide) and paddle towards the Comau fjords, observing some flora And fauna all along the way: dolphins, cormorants, penguins, and sea lions. After about four hours paddling we shall have lunch on our bout, and then continue towards Porcelana, a rather special creek of natural hot water emerging from the temperate rain forest. This particular spot does not belong to the Pumalin project here we will set up camp enjoying dinner on the boat. Afterward we shall hike a very short path where the creek is located; enjoying the most extraordinary nature hot baths and then return to base camp.

 

Day 6:

 

Breakfast on the boat, today we shall leave Porcelana on a day-trip to the Vodudahue valley where ancient peoples sought the mythic “Cesar’s” city. We make our way to the river of the same name and navigate up stream. Here we shall have some lunch and then take the afternoon to do some hiking in this marvelous landscape, returning for dinner and sleeping at the Porcelana hot springs.

 

Day 7:

 

Returning the kayaks to the boat , we ´l navigate to the Leptepú ramp. Here we finish with our kayaks and support boat, We can start a three our walk along a trail that is part of the Southern Highway, to arrive at Pillan Farm and Reñihué fjords  where the creator of the project, Dug Tompkins  lives today when he is at the park.

At Reñihue fjord also there is another Ferry that take us to Caleta Gonzalo in Pumalin project, . We will continue to Caleta Gonzalo as soon as we are on time to take the ferry and navigate the fjord Reñihue in about 40 m. We will stay in Caleta Gonzalo cabanas , part of the infrastructure of this southern entrance to the Park. We will enjoy a wonderful meal cooked  at the Caleta Gonzalo Café.

 

Day 8:

 

We will have breakfast early in the morning. This morning we stay around Caleta Gonzalo to appreciate its surroundings and to visit the farm where the park ranger live in this secction of Pumalin Park. After lunch, we will explore a trail in the forest. This trekking will take us through impressive waterfall of this temperate rain forest, where we'll appreciate wonderful views of the whole area. We will return to our base for another exquisite dinner.

 

Day 9:

 

Later we shall head out to the Carretera Austral, stopping along the way to see an ancient stand of Alerce, whit some species dating back more than three thousand years. We shall trek other paths that will surprise you at the end of the way,  like the Chaiten Volcano  if we can we can do the summit, it will be great view´s . it will be the reword and a great sight of the Volcano Caldera about six km wide . Late afternoon we shall comeback to the cabins and eat dinner at the cafeteria.

 

Day 10:

 

A van will take us to  Chaitén airport.  Leaving behind the Park. We will take an airplane back to Pto. Montt, where there is van  waiting,  to bring us back to Puerto Varas Hotel or to take you to the mains airport in Puerto Montt