Magestic Andean peaks, primeval temperate rain forest and hot springs
Come join us for an unforgettable adventure in the magnificent fjords of Comau, Quintupeu and Cahuelmó, on the eastern side of the Gulf of Ancud, where wild mountain cliffs soar out of the dark waters to touch the sky. See spectacular glacial valleys, primeval temperate rainforests, and numerous kinds of marine wildlife, including dolphins, sea lions, penguins and other sea birds. Smack your lips over fresh salmon steaks, or steamed shellfish gathered from the cliffs at low tide, all prepared by our cook in the miniature galley of our picturesque support vessel. Watch the sunset on the peaks as you relax in hot pools. Spread your sleeping bag under the diamond stars of the Southern Cross. Words alone, simply cannot express the unique beauty and variety of this majestic land.
 
 
DAY 01 PUERTO MONTT - HORNOPIREN - QUINTUPEU FJORD
Puerto Montt is the gateway to northern Patagonia and marks the point from where the mainland starts breaking apart into thousand of nameless islands, channels, fjords and lush temperate forests that plunge into Pacific Ocean. From here we drive down the Southern Highway crossing the Reloncaví Estuary to Hornopirén and board our 50 foot vessel to sail around deer island, stopping for lunch in a nice cove. We will continue navigating south, through the Comau Channel and getting into Quintupeu Fjord, where the German battleship Dresden hid out during World War I. The sheer slopes, cut by countless waterfalls tumbling off the heights, are covered with lush vegetation that hangs over our heads. At high tide we will get right into the end of this fjord with our motorized dinghy and hike up, following a pristine river surrounded by mountains. As night comes on, and depending on weather conditions we will set up the campsite at the end of the fjord. (L. D.)
DAY 02 CAHUELMO FJORD
Today we will navigate south through the main Comau Fjord and thereafter to Cahuelmo Fjord. At the entrance, we pause to watch a colony of sea lions at play. We don’t stop for long though, because we want to reach the far end of Cahuelmo and start a 4-5 hours round trip hike to the hidden Abascal Lagoon placed on an impressive granite cirque. The trail borders the Cahuelmo River and crosses exuberant native forests. After this hike we take a relaxing dip in natural hot spring beautifully nestled inside Pumalin Natural Reserve and consists of various rustic tubs carved into shell rock at open air. We set our campsite in a nice beach near the end of the fjord. (B, L, D.)
DAY 03 HUINAY - PORCELANA
We reach open sea again and navigate south through Comau Fjord, aiming the fishing village of Huinay in the eastern side. The route is highlighted with the encounter of rich marine life: dolphins, sea lions, penguins, cormoran and many other birds. From this village we will enjoy a hike through a beautiful glacial valley. Then cutting straight across the main fjord we will get to Porcelana where we pitch camp in a lush green pasture and head for the tidal pools of hot water surrounded by magnificent scenery. (B.L. D.)
DAY 04 VODUDAHUE RIVER - LEPTEPU
Today we will explore the end of Comau fjord to Leptepu and the tidal lagoon, rich in bird life. Then navigating in our motor dinghy, we will continue upstream the Vodudahue River following the route that was once thought to lead to the lost City of the Cesars. This legend brought here intrepid adventurers from Europe by the end of last century unproved the legend to be a myth. There will be time to walk away of the river shore and explore the pristine forest. By the evening return to Porcelana to soak at the most extraordinary hot springs by this latitude and spend the night camping after a farewell barbecue amused by typical songs of southern Chile. (B.L.D.)
DAY 05 HORNOPIREN - PUERTO MONTT
Early this morning we board our vessel to navigate north up Comau Fjord to Hornopirén (4 hours). Here our van is waiting to drive back to Puerto Montt in time to catch the evening flight or bus to Santiago. (B. L.)
 
2004-2005 COST PER PERSON
Based on double occupancy
Min. 5-10 people
US$ 990
 
2004-2005 Regular Departures
November 15
January & February at request
March 26

INCLUDED :

  • All transportation according to the itinerary, for round trip Puerto Montt-Puerto Montt
  • All meals from lunch on Day 1 to lunch on Day 5
  • Services of an expert bilingual guides and support personnel, in the vessel
  • 50-foot motorized support wooden vessel, typical from Chiloe Island, including a motorized dinghy (15 HP) for land approaches
  • Full camping gear, except for personal sleeping bag and pad
  • Fees to all hot springs.

NOT INCLUDED :

  • Any kind of insurance
  • Medical expenses
  • Gratuities and personal extras as communication cost, laundry, meals and drinks not stipulated in the program and other personal items.
The trip is not especially rigorous. You must be in reasonably good physical condition and a positive attitude towards open-air activities is very important. This is a trip for the person who enjoys participative tourism in a natural setting, and who understand that during our trip we may encounter variable weather and tidal conditions that will require modifications in the itinerary.

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