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SEA KAYAKING & TREKKING PUMALÍN 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 - One Night on the Hospedaje Llancahué and 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 eating lunch we take to the kayaks, setting out towards a beautiful island called Llancahue (about 3 hours paddling). Here we spend the night in a rustic, but heart-warming hospedaje managed by locals, where we can enjoy hot springs on the shore of the pacific.

 

Day 2:

 

Those who wish may enjoy the baths in the early morning before breakfast. 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. 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:

 

Today we shall have time to relax while we wait for low tide to start our trek to Lake Abascal, approximately 7 miles from camp, nestled between tremendous spires of the Andes. We shall enjoy dramatic scenery on this hike, and start making our way back to base camp in the afternoon to arrive for dinner, and after a long day, a dip fjord and relaxing soak in the hot 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 to the boat and the kayaks, we navigate to the Leptepú ramp. Here we finish with our kayaks and support boat, and start a three our walk along a trail that is part of the Southern Highway, to arrive at Reñihué fjords where another boat will be waiting. Pumalin project, toward where the creator of the project, Dug Tompkins, Lives today. We will continue to Caleta Gonzalo, Where we will stay in marvelous cabañas that are part of the infrastructure of this southern Entrance to the Park. We will enjoy a wonderful meal cooked by local people 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 their development of an Organic Agricultural Development, unique to Pumalin Park. After lunch, we will visit a different area to 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. Late afternoon we shall comeback to the cabins and eat dinner at the cafeteria.

 

Day 10:

 

A van will take us to the town of Chaitén, Leaving behind the Park. From the small city of Chaiten we will take an airplane back to Pto. Montt, where there is van will be waiting to bring us back to Puerto Varas.