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Patagonia: At the end of the World (9Days/8Nights) Punta Arenas & Puerto Natales

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Day 1: Punta Arenas Airport – Punta Arenas Hotel

Pass By: Punta Arenas, Punta Arenas, Magallanes Region
Arrival to Punta Arenas. Reception at the Airport and transfer to the selected hotel (accommodation included).

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Overnight in your hotel selected in Punta Arenas, depending on the category chosen (4* or 3* hotels)

Day 2: Day 2: Punta Arenas – Magdalena & Marta Island Penguin Tour by Boat

Pass By: José Nogueira 1255, Punta Arenas, Magallanes y la Antártica Chilena, Chile
Early in the morning, you have to meet this trip directly at the office of the local provider, located in Jose Nogueira #1255, Punta Arenas. Remember that you have to be at 6:30a.m in the meeting point for taking this trip.

Stop At: Isla Magdalena, Jose Nogueira 1255, Punta Arenas 6200000 Chile
Arrive at the small and rocky Magdalena Island, also called Los Pinguinos Natural Monument, a protected nature reserve and park since 1982, and a breeding site for Magellanic penguins. Even before the boat docks, you’ll see thousands of penguins crowding the shores and hear their squawking. During the summer, approximately 120,000 penguins occupy the island.

Disembark and spend about an hour here with your guide, keeping to the designated trail roped off for visitors. These curious birds, about 2 feet (61 cm) tall, will cross your path and may approach you, but you'll be instructed not to touch or feed them.

On either side of the trail, see hundreds of burrows in the ground, about a foot (30 cm) in diameter, each populated by a pair of penguins. Watch penguins pop in and out of the holes, where eggs are laid, and others excavate new burrows by flinging aside heaps of dirt with their webbed feet. Your guide may point out cormorants and Andean seagulls on the island as well.

Reach the highest point on the island and enter a lighthouse, which houses exhibits explaining the penguins’ habitat and breeding cycles, the history of the strait and the rich ecosystems of nearby islands.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Isla Marta, Punta Arenas Chile
Then warm up with coffee and snack on biscuits (provided) before leaving the island. On your way back, if the weather permits, your captain may pass by Isla Marta, where you can snap shots of sea lions and elephant seals lounging on the rocky outcrop.
Duration: 1 hour

Pass By: Punta Arenas, Punta Arenas, Magallanes Region
After a marvelous morning with penguins, your tour will end in Punta Arenas at the same meeting point in the morning (José Nogueira #1255, Punta Arenas).

Meals included:
• Breakfast: Breakfast included in your accommodation
Accommodation included: Overnight in your hotel selected in Punta Arenas, depending on the category chosen (4* or 3* hotels)

Day 3: Day 3: Punta Arenas – Full day King Penguin & Tierra del Fuego Tour

Pass By: Punta Arenas, Punta Arenas, Magallanes Region
The day begins by picking up the tourists in their respective accommodation places in Punta Arenas to go to the Tres Puentes terminal to take the ferry that in 2 hours of navigation crosses the Strait of Magellan to the Island of Tierra del Fuego.

Stop At: Porvenir, Porvenir, Tierra del Fuego
The disembarkation is in Chilota Bay and from there on a 5-kilometer trip you will reach the city of Porvenir to see its Plaza de Armas, Plaza de los Selknams, its waterfront and later its small but interesting museum, as well as the Viewpoint of the city. Afterwards, the trip to the King Penguin Park, 114 km away from the city.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Inútil Bay, Chile
This trip takes around 1 hour and a half and a large part of it is skirting Bahía Inútil. The Park is a unique sighting place where following the path we can observe a group of about 40 specimens of this species at close range.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Cerro Sombrero, Cerro Sombrero, Magallanes Region
After 1 hour in the place we will continue our trip observing the helmet of the Estancia Josefina, one of the most important of the island. We will also visit Cerro Sombrero oil town.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Strait of Magellan, Chile
Finally we will cross again the Strait of Magellan this time for its narrowest part (Primera Angostura, only 20 minutes of navigation). Depending on the dates of travel, times and hours of light we can stop at the abandoned Estancia San Gregorio, one of the first and most historic in the region and then return to Punta Arenas
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast: Breakfast included in your accommodation
Accommodation included: Overnight in your hotel selected in Punta Arenas, depending on the category chosen (4* or 3* hotels)

Day 4: Day 4: Punta Arenas – Free Day

Pass By: Punta Arenas, Punta Arenas, Magallanes Region
Free day to do optional activities. This free day is especially in the case that for reasons of bad weather your excursions must be re-booked, so we have an extra day to not miss any experience. Hotel accommodation in Punta Arenas included.

Meals included:
• Breakfast: Breakfast included in your accommodation
Accommodation included: Overnight in your hotel selected in Punta Arenas, depending on the category chosen (4* or 3* hotels)

Day 5: Day 5: Punta Arenas – Puerto Natales

Pass By: Punta Arenas, Punta Arenas, Magallanes Region
At the agreed time, a transfer will take us to the Bus Terminal of Punta Arenas to take a regular bus to the city of Puerto Natales (3 hrs).

Pass By: Puerto Natales, Puerto Natales, Magallanes Region
Reception Bus Terminal of Puerto Natales and transfer to selected hotel (accommodation included).

Meals included:
• Breakfast: Breakfast included in your accomodation
Accommodation included: Overnight in your hotel selected in Puerto Natales, depending on the category chosen (4* or 3* hotels)

Day 6: Day 6: Puerto Natales – Full day Torres del Paine National Park Tour

Pass By: Puerto Natales, Puerto Natales, Magallanes Region
After hotel pickup in Puerto Natales, travel with your guide north to the mountain of Cerro Benitez and arrive at Milodon Cave Natural Monument.

Stop At: Cueva del Milodon, Ruta y-290 kilometro 8, Puerto Natales Chile
Walk inside a cave and encounter a life-size replica of a prehistoric giant sloth called the mylodon, which looks like a large bear standing on its hind legs. During a guided tour, learn about the 1896 discovery of this extinct creature, believed to be twice the height of an average human and to have inhabited the area more than 10,000 years ago. Then visit several stalactite-studded caves and a massive rock formation called Devil’s Chair (Silla del Diablo).
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Cerro Castillo National Reserve, Villa Cerro Castillo Chile
Back in the vehicle, continue north and enjoy a break of coffee and snacks (own expense) at a villa in Castle Hill (Cerro Castillo), before entering Torres del Paine National Park, whose name means 'Towers of the Blue Sky.' Spanning more than 447,000 acres (181,000 hectares), this nature wonderland located in southern Chilean Patagonia was declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1978.
Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Lago Sarmiento, Ruta Y-150, Torres del Paine National Park Chile
Drive along the banks of Sarmiento Lake, created by a glacier and situated on the Patagonian steppe, and stretch your legs at a vista point to fully appreciate the lake’s deep blue center fringed in white formed by calcium deposits. From here, your guide points out snow-drizzled mountains of the Cordillera del Paine that cut through the middle of the park.
Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Nordenskjold Lake, Torres del Paine National Park Chile
Continue westward to Nordenskjöld Lake, where you’ll walk for 20 minutes and come upon the roaring Salto Grande Waterfall, the outfall of the river-fed lake. From this viewpoint, scan the panoramas for herds of guanaco, which may strike you as a mix of llama and camel.
Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Lake Pehoé, Torres de Paine, Magallanes y Antártica Chilena, Chile
Then travel to the center of the park toward rustic Hosteria Pehoé, located on an islet in Lake Pehoé. Cross a footbridge to reach the hotel and dig into lunch in its inviting restaurant (see sample menu in Itinerary below). Afterward, stroll about in wonder at spectacular views of turquoise waters and what are referred to as the 'horned' peaks of the Cordillera del Paine.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Grey Lake, Torres de Paine, Magallanes y Antártica Chilena, Chile
Following this leisurely break, head to the north end of Grey Lake. After an easy 30-minute hike, behold the glacier mass that feeds into the lake, nearly 4 miles (6 km) wide and towering 90 feet (30 meters) high. From a distance, the ice floes resemble an immense spread of frothy ocean waves frozen in time, their various hues of blue combining at certain points into a grey sheen, lending the lake its name.
Duration: 30 minutes

Pass By: Laguna Amarga, Torres de Paine, Magallanes y Antártica Chilena, Chile
During your return to Puerto Natales, travel along Amarga Lagoon and capture views of the famous Paine Towers. Admire the three towers of granite with jagged peaks that spike skyward, the perfect image to finish a day of memorable sights.

Note: Entrance fees to Milodon Cave Natural Monument and Torres del Paine National Park are your own expense.

Meals included:
• Breakfast: Breakfast included in your accomodation
• Lunch: Delicious lunch included during your Full day Tour to Torres del Paine National Park, with amazing views of Pehoe lake
Accommodation included: Overnight in your hotel selected in Puerto Natales, depending on the category chosen (4* or 3* hotels)

Day 7: Day 7: Puerto Natales – FD Navigation to Balmaceda & Serrano Glaciers

Pass By: Puerto Natales, Puerto Natales, Magallanes Region
Your experience begins with pick up at the agreed time from your Hotel located nearby the urban zone of Puerto Natales. After pick up, we will begin to board our navigation to meet incredible landscapes from the Patagonia, glaciers, fjords and amazing wildlife we can appreciate during our trip to Balmaceda and Serrano glaciers. Climb aboard the boat and begin your cruise northwest through Ultima Esperanza Fjord, or ‘Final Hope Fjord,' an inlet bridging Eberhard Fjord and Balmaceda Mountain. The fjord was named by Spanish explorer Juan Ladrillero, who hoped that crossing the sound would take him to the Strait of Magellan. Instead he arrived to find sheer walls of ice blocking his path.

Stop At: Bernardo O'Higgins National Park, Puerto Natales Chile
Today, your captain is at the helm for three hours to reach the same glaciers that thwarted Ladrillero. Enjoy a cup of coffee, tea or juice on deck. For something with an extra kick, sip a glass of whiskey or pisco sour mixed with ice broken off from Serrano glacier.

Pass by forests and waterfalls trickling down green hills, and scan the sky for condors. As the boat hugs the coastline, spot dozens of cormorants on rocky outcrops that might be spreading their wings or stretching their slim graceful necks to a soundtrack of ducks and geese squawking nearby. Sea elephants may even lumber out of caves to lounge under the sun.

When you reach the eastern face of Balmaceda Mountain, 6,676 feet (2,035 meters) high, see mists swirling around the ice-capped summit. Disembark for an easy hour-long hike through the forests of Bernardo O'Higgins National Park. Follow your guide to an overlook mere steps away from Serrano glacier — a wide frozen river of ice cascading down a crevice between hills. Then trek to the western side of Balmaceda Mountain and capture views of the massive hanging glacier. Here, sapphire- and turquoise-tinted floes deluge the rocky terrain and end at a lake.
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes

Pass By: Puerto Natales, Puerto Natales, Magallanes Region
Finally, after get marvelled by the incredible ancient glaciers and beautiful landscapes from the Patagonia, climb aboard your boat for a speedy 90-minute return ride to Puerto Natales. Enjoy the landscapes during your return trip!

When we arrive to the port, you will take the bus or minivan which will be dropping you off directly at your Hotel in Puerto Natales

Meals included:
• Breakfast: Breakfast included in your accommodation
Accommodation included: Overnight in your hotel selected in Puerto Natales, depending on the category chosen (4* or 3* hotels)

Day 8: Day 8: Puerto Natales – Full day Base of Torres del Paine Guided Hike

Pass By: Puerto Natales, Puerto Natales, Magallanes Region
We will leave from Puerto Natales in the morning and will go directly to Las Torres sector where we will arrive at Estancia Cerro Paine, starting point of the trail, beginning of our walk, after an instructive talk by our guide.

Stop At: Torres del Paine National Park, Torres del Paine National Park, Magallanes Region
We take the road in the direction of the Valley and after 10 minutes of walking, we will pass over an old suspension bridge that crosses the Ascencio River. About 150 meters further on, a bifurcation appears: on the left, it leads to Las Torres Base.
Then follows a zig-zag of marked slope and sparse vegetation for one hour. We will continue the ascent and we will pass another slope, after 45 minutes we reach the Chilean campsite on the opposite bank of the Ascencio River, in the shade of a lenga forest, with moderate slope, crossing several slopes that fall from the Admiral Nieto. After about an hour and 10 minutes from the Chilean campsite, 700 meters above sea level, we will reach the foot of the moraine that gives access to the viewpoint. From this point, the path increases its slope. First it goes next to a slope and under the shade of the small trees located on the edge of the moraine, but higher up the path is lost as such and must continue ascending among the rocks, some of which are marked to show the route. After about half an hour from the signpost at 700 meters above sea level, you reach the eastern end of the lagoon, from where you have a wonderful view of the three towers (Central, Monzino, Dagostini) and Peineta and Nido de Cóndores hills. After resting and having lunch in this extraordinary and unique scenic context on the planet, we begin our return along the same path until we reach the starting point, where our driver will be waiting to return at the end of the day to Puerto Natales.
Duration: 5 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast: Breakfast included in your accommodation
• Lunch: Box lunch included during your excursion to the Full-Day Hiking Tour to the Base of Paine Towers
Accommodation included: Overnight in your hotel selected in Puerto Natales, depending on the category chosen (4* or 3* hotels)

Day 9: Day 9: Puerto Natales – Punta Arenas

Pass By: Puerto Natales, Puerto Natales, Magallanes Region
At the agreed time, a transfer will take us to the Bus Terminal of Puerto Natales to take a regular bus to the city of Punta Arenas (remember that the distance between Puerto Natales and Punta Arenas it's about 3 hours).

Meals included:
• Breakfast: Breakfast included in your accommodation
Accommodation included: Overnight in your hotel selected in Puerto Natales, depending on the category chosen (4* or 3* hotels)
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Important Information
Departure Point
Radio Taxis el Milodon, Manuel Baquedano 678, Puerto Natales, Natales, Magallanes y la Antártica Chilena, Chile

Traveler pickup is offered
On this program we're combining two cities, Punta Arenas and Puerto Natales. In Punta Arenas, you have two tours included which are: Magdalena Island Penguin Tour by Boat and the Full day King Penguin & Tierra del Fuego. For the Magdalena Island Penguin Tour, you have to meet the trip at the meeting point located in Jose Nogueira #1255, Punta Arenas. For the King Penguin & Tierra del Fuego tour, we will pick up you from your hotel nearby in Punta Arenas. Remember that your hotel have to be nearby the main square of the city. After the first part in Punta Arenas, you will be transfered to Puerto Natales, where you'll enjoy three excursions, the Full day Torres del Paine Park, next, the Hiking to the Base Torres del Paine and finally, the Navigation to Balmaceda & Serrano Glaciers. For all those tours, we will pick up you from your Hotel located in Puerto Natales (remember that it has to be nearby the urban zone of Puerto Natales).
Departure Time
Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods.
4* Hotels Category
12/4/2019 - 12/24/2019Monday - Sunday:12:00 AM - 11:30 PM

1/1/2020 - 3/31/2020Monday - Sunday:12:00 AM - 11:30 PM

10/1/2020 - 12/24/2020Monday - Sunday:12:00 AM - 11:30 PM

1/1/2021 - 3/31/2021Monday - Sunday:12:00 AM - 11:30 PM

3* Hotels Category
12/4/2019 - 3/31/2020Monday - Sunday:12:00 AM - 11:30 PM

10/1/2020 - 3/31/2021Monday - Sunday:12:00 AM - 11:30 PM
Duration
9 days
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • 8x Breakfast
  • 2x Lunch
  • Accommodation included: 9 nights
  • Transfer Punta Arenas Airport / Punta Arenas Hotel
  • Navigation to Magdalena & Marta Island Penguin Tour
  • Full day King Penguin & Tierra del Fuego Tour
  • Transfer Punta Arenas Hotel / Punta Arenas Bus Terminal
  • Bus Ticket Punta Arenas / Puerto Natales
  • Transfer Puerto Natales Bus Terminal / Puerto Natales Hotel
  • Full day Torres del Paine National Park Tour
  • Full day Navigation to Balmaceda & Serrano Glaciers
  • Full day Base of Torres del Paine Guided Hike
  • Transfer Puerto Natales Hotel / Puerto Natales Bus Terminal
  • Bus Ticket Puerto Natales / Punta Arenas
  • 04 room nights in Punta Arenas (Breakfast Included)
  • 04 room nights in Puerto Natales (Breakfast Included)
  • Entry/Admission - Isla Magdalena
  • Entry/Admission - Isla Marta
  • Entry/Admission - Bernardo O'Higgins National Park
Exclusions
  • Flight Tickets
  • Meals and beverages not specified in the itinerary
  • Optional gratuities
  • Entrance Fee to Torres del Paine National Park
  • Transfer between Punta Arenas Hotels & Meeting Point (For the Magdalena & Marta Island Penguin Tour)
  • Entry/Admission - Cueva del Milodon
  • Entry/Admission - Cerro Castillo
  • Entry/Admission - Lago Sarmiento
  • Entry/Admission - Nordenskjold Lake
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
Cancellation Policy
All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

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By: Gray Line Chile
371 reviews
TFredWells
London, United Kingdom
13497
Masses of Magallenas
A half-day trip starting at 6:30am and ending at 11:30am to Magdalena Island, home to hundreds of Magallena
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JPatti1
7722
Penguins and more!
Such a fun trip to see penguins in their natural habitat, with currently 10,000 breeding couples here with one or
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Worldtraveller5862
Calgary, Canada
187
Penguins Plus
Fantastic trip. Lots of penguins (babies and adult) up close. Also seals and dolphins. Fun facts with guide and
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witheredt
Richmond, California
40
Crowded boat
Nowhere does it say the boat is a converted ferry with hundreds of people. There is little space outside the
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IanGordon1959
North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
644256
Long Day. 400km (240 miles)
Service was as promised. Pick up prompt and comfortable coach. Shared trip with 18 plus guide and driver.
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coriek2016
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
60
Amazing sights
This was a great tour for seeing really unique landscapes. We loved seeing the flamingos at Laguna Chaxa! Miniques
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coriek2016
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
60
Great afternoon!
We really enjoyed this tour!! Our guide, Juvenal, was very knowledgeable and taught us a lot about the Atacama
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Ingelisse2020
Golden, Colorado
421
Book directly with Turismo 21 de Mayo
There are hundreds of tour operators, but you can book directly with the navigation operator, Turismo21deMayo.com
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trishlaj2016
292
Beautiful Penguins!
Highly recommend, great ride, very well informed and caring crew, beautifully preserved island and amazing up
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canadave2013
Lambton Shores, Canada
2715
Patagonian Chile - the world's best scenery
It was heavenly cruising across a beautiful blue lake and seeing many snow capped volcanic peaks and bridal veil
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canadave2013
Lambton Shores, Canada
2715
Spectacular Patagonian glaciated landscape
It is so beautiful. Compared to the alpine glaciated landscapes of British Columbia ,Noeway & New Zealand it is
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ashleytate13
10
Simply Breathtaking
Our guide, Daniel was incredible. Extremely knowledgeable about Chilean wine and where to go and what to do while
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Matthew B
Providence, Rhode Island
164
Great views...ok tour
Out of all the Atacama desert tours, this one seemed a little rushed and lacking in any narration. The sights
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Matthew B
Providence, Rhode Island
164
Nice landscapes
This was a tour where I think the drive was more interesting than the actual destination. Our tour guide was
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Evgeny1790
127
Highly recommend
It was a pleasure to have Daniela as our guide, as she was not only knowledgeable about the Rapa Nui culture, but
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