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    Discover the Navigation to Balmaceda & Serrano Glacier

    This is a navigation through Ultima esperanza fjord at Bernardo O’Higgins National Park, to visit the Balmaceda and Serrano glaciers. We will see these ice giants also local flora and fauna along the way.

    This Navigation leaves in the morning from the pier at Puerto Natales and takes us to two glaciers, called Balmaceda and Serrano. These are part of the Bernardo O’Higgins National Park where you can visit only by boat. This park has an area of 4,300,00 hectares (16,600 square miles), which makes it the largest in Chile and one of the four largest parks in the world. It includes the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, the largest mass of ice on the American Continent.

    Our trip to and from the end of Last Hope Sounds lasts arround six hours and includes an excellent view of the old freezer plant at Puerto Bories, several small ranches, ice-fields and waterfalls, a colony of cormorants whose common name is Imperial Shag as well as a sea lion rockery.

    From the boat we will also be able to see the local flora, which includes forests of trees with local names such as coigue, canelo, ñirre, and lenga. After three hours of travel we expect to reach the Balmaceda glacier, which is located on the east side of the mountain bearing the same name. At the end of the fjord the boat will dock to allow passengers to take a half-hour walk along a lake to the viewing point for the Serrano glacier. Later in the afternoon we will return to Puerto Natales by the same route.

    Schedule

    Pick up at accommodation
    The gateway to Torres del Paine … The beautiful and remote Natales was founded in 1911 and inhabited primarily by Chileans from the city of Chiloé. Today, it is the transit city to Torres del Paine National Park, but also a destination on its own with various activities such as trekking, mountaineering and sport fishing. Puerto Natales has a wonderful
    08.00 hrs. - Navigation from Puerto Bories to the Balmaceda and Serrano glaciers.
    Bories Refrigerator National Historical Monument
    09.00 hrs. - Navigation from Puerto Bories to the Balmaceda and Serrano glaciers.
    10.00 hrs. - Sighting of beautiful mountains, waterfalls, ranches and Patagonian birdlife.
    12.00 hrs. - View of the Balmaceda Glacier.
    Located on the western slope of Mount Balmaceda, the glacier offers varied charms to visitors to the Bernardo O'higgins National Park. Hanging glacier of 2035 m., the Balmaceda is a spectacle when its white icebergs slide along the east side of the mountain. Although its activity is declining, it offers an incredible panorama and the activities that can be done
    12.30 hrs. - Visit to the Serrano Glacier. Walk through a lush forest of coihues and ñirres to the foot of the glacier.
    This is a beautiful forest trail that runs along the southern coast of Laguna Serrano until you reach the viewpoint of the spectacular Serrano Glacier and the Balmaceda Glacier in the distance. To get to the beginning of the trail at the Balmaceda Nursery - CONAF, you must take a water transport that goes through the Seno Ultima Esperanza from
    13.00 hrs. - Return from Serrano Glacier to Estancia Perales, aperitif of whiskey with ancient ice.
    14.00 hrs. - Lunch at Perales tourist ranch.
    Estancia Perales is located 51 kilometers north of Puerto Natales, and has great scenic value typical of the area of ​​the Patagonian rivers and channels.
    17.30 hrs. - Arrival in Puerto Natales. End of navigation services.
    The gateway to Torres del Paine … The beautiful and remote Natales was founded in 1911 and inhabited primarily by Chileans from the city of Chiloé. Today, it is the transit city to Torres del Paine National Park, but also a destination on its own with various activities such as trekking, mountaineering and sport fishing. Puerto Natales has a wonderful

    Included

    • Transfers from/to Accommodation in Puerto Natales
      Available for the urban area of Puerto Natales.
    • Lunch
    • Snacks
    • Bilingual Guide spanish/english
      During excursions and departures mentioned in the itinerary

    General Conditions

    Minimum: 2
    Departure: 07:15
    Duration: 10
    Return: 18:00

    Operation:

    From May to August Confirmed departures only on Sundays.
    Daily departures September to April (Subject to Availability)
    Does not operate on Good Friday, December 25 or January 1.
    Subject to weather conditions.

     

    Commercial Conditions

    Prices per person

    Season May to August 31

    Adults (From 13 years)
    $175,000 pesos

    Children (2 to 12 years)
    $103,000 pesos

    Infant (0 to 1 year)
    Released

    Season September to April

    Adults (From 13 years)
    $195,000 pesos

    Children (2 to 12 years)
    $109,000 clp

    Infant (0 to 1 year)
    Released

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