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Ultimate Patagonia
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Ultimate Patagonia

12-Day Ultimate Patagonia

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Spirit of the West Adventures
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Travel Style: For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
12 days
From: $ 5,641 $ 470 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Visit Santiago
  • Explore San Rafael Lagoon
  • Exploring the river by kayak, fly fishing and/or trekking on the property
  • Visit some of the best wineries in Chile

Short Description

Join Spirit of the West Adventures for a trip to incredible Coastal Patagonia! This tour allows you to experience Spirit of the West Adventures quality while exploring the beautiful outer islands of southern Chile. We will experience the best of what Chile has to offer in a mothership style sea kayaking tour: wine, wildlife and wilderness paired with sea kayaking in one of the most stunning places on earth, all from the comfort and convenience of our personal expedition ship.

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
Spend most of the time outdoors. Common trip themes and activities include cycling, hiking, kayaking, whitewater rafting.
Itinerary Focus Active
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Internal airfare and ground transport
Start City Santiago
End City Santiago

Trip Includes

  • Accommodation from night one of the tour through to departure day
  • Domestic flights as included in itinerary
  • Food and non-alcoholic beverages
  • All kayaking gear, bedding, dry bags, a paddling top

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Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Santiago! One or both of your guides will meet you at the international airport Santiago, Chile, wearing their Spirit of the West Adventures t-shirts (more specific details on meeting at the airport will be sent to you just before your trip starts). If for some reason we can’t meet you ourselves there will be someone holding a sign with YOUR name on it. We will then all travel back to our hotel in Providencia (a region of Santiago). In case of any problems, please note the name, address and phone number of our hotel: Casa Bellavista Hotel

Antonia López de Bello 0374, Providencia, https://www.casabellavistahotel.com/ (Reservations are all made in your individual names through www.booking.com)

The afternoon is yours to explore the neighbourhood and city. Depending on how you are feeling after checking into the hotel and freshening up, you may be interested in a walk through some of the local parks & around the general area. If you prefer, please enjoy a nap or a quiet afternoon at the hotel. That evening we will all meet at the hotel and head out for a welcome dinner at one of our favourite Chilean establishments. (Please note, expenses on this day, other than the airport pickup, hotel and dinner, are not included in the tour cost). Then it’s time for a good night’s sleep.

Day 2

After a hearty breakfast we will head out of the city to the beautiful Casablanca Valley to visit some of the best wineries in Chile. The journey through the Valley begins our encounter with some of the many different types of landscapes that we are about to experience over the rest of our journey. Here we will visit some  boutique wineries as well as some of the well-known establishments for tastings and tours of their wine production. Of course there will be time for you to purchase a bottle or two to take home. We will return to the city in time for dinner at one of our favourite restaurants and will dine under the stars while enjoying the nightlife of the Chilean streets.

Day 3

Morning will come early, but the excitement of the journey to come will help with our wake-up call. After a continental breakfast we will transfer to the Santiago airport for our flight to Balmaceda airport. A 3-hour flight later, we will arrive in Patagonia! We will then drive an hour through beautiful rolling hills and past waterfalls to meet our mothership, the beautiful Noctiluca. The “Noctiluca” is a 57-foot motor yacht named after the luminous plankton that abounds in Patagonian waters (what we would call bioluminescence). Once all settled aboard, the captain will give us a safety briefing and we will enjoy dinner while watching the sun sink behind the islands as we motor out of the Aisen Fjord and Paso Casma. That night we will anchor in beautiful Chiva Cove (apx 60 nautical miles covered by boat).

The Kayak Patagonia Adventure Begins

Please note that while this Patagonian coastline is absolutely stunning, it can be quite exposed to wind in certain areas so we have to split our paddling with motoring in order to get to some of the remote places to paddle. Both the paddling portion and the motoring portion of this trip are weather dependent, so the following itinerary is simply a guideline, but will likely need to be flexible to work with nature.

Day 4 & 5

There are so many places to explore in this region it is hard to say exactly where to begin our paddling, but the many small islets of Isla Traiguén and its bird colonies are a likely starting point. Paddling in the area around Isla Goñi we’ll get a sense of a Patagonian landscape that is more often found even further south: low scrub vegetation with only a few trees near the shoreline, evidence of the harsh climate of the region. Here there are also signs of the original inhabitants of the islands, the Chonos people, in the form of shell middens (mounds of shell material deposited over many years from harvesting and consuming mussels and clams).

Day 6

From Isla Goñi we head south again through Estero Elefantes to the entrance of San Rafael Lagoon. Here we will gather ancient ice for a toast to the imposing icebergs of the lagoon. That afternoon we will take an excursion by zodiac to the beaches and streams near the glacier.

Day 7

Today we will explore the San Rafael Lagoon. We will have lunch near the glacier, surrounded by icebergs. We will carefully navigate our way by kayak through the icebergs to visit the region’s various beaches and islets. That evening we will anchor at Port Lepardo at the entrance of the lagoon. While we eat dinner we will listen for the tell-tale cracking sounds of the calving glacier in the distance.

Day 8

Today we motor to the estancia (ranch) owned by our Captain Robin Westcott. Estancia Quitralco is a private ranch which covers many square kilometers and offers us the chance to spend the afternoon exploring the river by kayak, fly fishing and/or trekking on the property. We will finish off our day with an authentic gaucho lamb asado (or BBQ). The taste of fresh lamb and vegetables slow-roasted over an open fire enjoyed under the vast Patagonian sky is second to none. This meal of course will be accompanied by a great selection of Chilean wine and beer and vegetables picked fresh from the garden on-site. Is this heaven on earth?

Day 9

Departing from Quitralco we will set sail for nearby hot springs. Discovered by our Captain’s family decades ago, this secluded and private location offers some luxurious soaking while taking in a fabulous view down the fiord. We will spend the remainder of the day navigating through small channels, ideal for dolphins and encounters with other wildlife. That night we spend anchored in Puerto Lynch.

Day 10

We will get an extra early start this morning in order to reach the sheltered waters of Gato Cove in plenty of time to enjoy kayaking in Cinco Hermanas (Five Sisters) National Park. The scenery here will not disappoint. After exploring these beautiful islands we will motor to our final anchorage of the trip. Dinner on board will once again leave our taste buds truly satisfied and our bellies full. Really, could life get any better?

Day 11

Sadly, this will be our last day on our floating home. We will get an early start to ensure we arrive back to Puerto Aisen in time to transfer back to the Balmaceda Airport in time to catch a flight back to Santiago that evening. If you are pressed for time, it may be possible to catch an international flight this evening (check with the office for details). The rest of the group will enjoy one last farewell dinner together in Santiago. Hotel this last night is included in the tour cost.

Day 12

This is your last day in Santiago. After breakfast at the hotel you will say goodbye to your guides. You are welcome to explore the city on your own, perhaps heading to a local market for some souvenir shopping before flights that evening. Most international flights leave late in the day. Spirit of the West will arrange pickups and ensure you get to the airport safely.

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The trip was amazing and we'd definitely go again

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My family and I recently did the Johnstone straight ultimate adventure. The trip was amazing and we'd definitely go again. We saw an enormous amount of wildlife, Humpback wales, Orka, Dall's porpoise, Pacific White-Sided dolphins, Eagles, Black bears, Grizzly bears Harlequin ducks, Seals, Sea lions and lots of inter-tidal species. Our guides Brad, Kevin and Savana prepared amazing food for every meal and they were extremely knowledgeable about kayaking, the area and the wildlife. The kayaking was a lot of fun, and they kept the trips manageable for everyone.
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unexpectedly wonderful

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Can’t say enough about this trip. Professional, personable and educated guides and staff. Meals were so unexpectedly wonderful. Accommodations were comfy. The wildlife and scenery off the charts. This was our second trip and we will continue to vacation with Spirit of the West.
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The food was excellent

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I cannot recommend Spirit of the West highly enough. I did the Orca Lite tour with my girlfriend. This is a tour best suited for those with some outdoor experience/skills (eg setting up a tent). Group size was not too big (10 people plus guides). Our guides were friendly and knowledgeable. The food was excellent, they offer a range of dietary options. We ordered vegan food and received really excellent food the whole trip (often better than what I could get in most cafes!). We spent a good amount of time on the water and saw a great variety of wildlife. It was worth every dollar we spent on it and more.
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the nature in BC is also amazing and there is a lot to see

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Without any exaggeration this is the best guided tour I have ever experienced. I traveled a lot in Canada and internationally, so I have with what to compare.
I didn’t have any prior knowledge of kayaking. This is why I was very nervous in the beginning. Both guides, Bev and Carly, were very patient and I was able to learn the basic skills from them during the expedition. Both guides were very knowledgeable in terms of the weather conditions and the influence of the wind on the waves which is essential for this type of activity. They were able to take the right decision about our route every single day. In this connection I have to emphasize that in contrast to many other companies, the people from the Spirit of the West take their job very seriously. We all noticed that the equipment that was provided to us (tents and the rain gear) was from a top quality. The kayaks themselves were amazing.
I strongly recommend this company to everybody! Needless to say, the nature in BC is also amazing and there is a lot to see.
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facilities were amazing

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Fantastic 4 days/3 nights at their camp site along Johnstone Strait. We saw tons of orcas, a humpback whale, 2 black bears, eagles, several pod of porpoises, dolphins, sea lions, seals, sea stars galore and on and on. The guides were so knowledgeable about the area and sea life and facilities were amazing. The scenery was breathtaking - seriously stunning. We came for a family event (all 7 of us) and all the people in our group were so fun too. Try it!
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Amazing guides,beautiful scenery and incredible wildlife

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Just finished the Johnstone Strait trip.Amazing guides,beautiful scenery and incredible wildlife. As a beginner to kayaking I felt nervous but Gaspard, Devon and Bev were brilliant and made me feel much more confident.Would recommend to anyone!
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Ship Name

The Noctiluca

Ship Stats

The Noctiluca was constructed using a unique Patagonian wood, cipres de las Guaitecas, used for centuries by the maritime Chiloe (a coastal region of Chile) seagoing culture. Blending the traditional artwork of experienced Chiloe boat builders with the latest technology in boat design, safety and interior finishing, the Noctiluca offers a cozy wooden interior and comfortable cabins as well as safety and reliability. The ship features two double guest cabins (lower double berth and upper single berth) and a front cabin with four single beds. All share two roomy heads (bathrooms) complete with hot water and showers. The yacht is handled by a skilled crew and captain with decades of experience in Patagonian waters.

Ship Description

While we schedule our tours to try to make the most of the Patagonian weather as well as good wildlife viewing times, you never know what kind of weather you will experience. For this reason, we have found that mothership kayaking is the perfect way to experience this wild and rugged area. The mothership also allows us to cover much greater distances each day and to explore areas that would take weeks to reach by sea kayak alone.

Flights & Transport

Internal airfare and ground transport

Group Size:

Intimate Group - 12 max

Trip ID#:

SpiUltPat

Trip Excludes

  • International airfare
  • Costs associated with passports
  • Gratuities, alcohol while not on the Mothership
  • Arrival and departure taxes

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