Why kayak in Torres del Paine?
Kayaking in Torres del Paine allows you to get a unique perspective of the mountains, glaciers and icebergs from the water in a wild area of the Park, far away from the crowds of the W Trek. Highlights include:
- Reach out and touch icebergs from the seat of your kayak
- Camp next to tranquil rivers and calving glaciers
- Gaze at the majesty of the Paine Massif from a distance
- Paddle on peppermint-blue glacial rivers and the dark waters of the sound
What our customers think
Kayaking down the Rio Serrano was the highlight - I truly felt like we were in the wilderness because we didn't see any other people!
Mary, South Dakota January 2017
Types of trips
A great addition to any W Trek or Full Circuit, a half day kayak at Glacier Grey can easily be added to many trips and will give you a taste of kayaking in a beautiful setting. You will kayak from the beach near Refugio Grey up to the face of the Grey Glacier. If you are looking for a true wilderness experience then you can kayak down the Rio Grey and the Rio Serrano, paddling amongst icebergs and admiring the Paine Range from a distance.
One of the best places to go kayaking is the Rio Serrano and its tributaries, along the border of the park, where you'll paddle the fast-flowing waters of the Serrano right up to the impressive hanging Serrano Glacier before camping out under the stars on the banks of the river, and eventually emerging in the Last Hope Sound, which connects the waterways of the park to the nearby town of Puerto Natales.
If you are active and keen to try kayaking then the Rio Serrano is a great place to give it a go on a two or three day trip. More experienced kayakers can add additional more challenging stretches up some of the tributaries such as Geike and Tyndall.
Multi Day Trips
Navigating the strong currents down the meltwater river from the icecap towards Last Hope Sound and camping wild by the riverside is a great way for kayakers of any level to experience the wilderness of Torres del Paine. A short…
This a more technical route, for fairly experienced kayakers. But this is definitely the coolest way of getting from the park to Puerto Natales; paddling among the ice floes calved off Glacier Grey, and travelling 15 miles alongside the…
For experienced paddlers, a 4-day kayaking trip in the more unusual parts of the Torres del Paine National Park. You'll paddle right up to two of the parks glaciers and to a big rapid/waterfall. You will also hike to the…
Multi Activity Kayak Trips
Combine kayaking with trekking
Trek the highlights of the famous ""W' and add a spectacular finish: kayaking up to the face of the Grey Glacier amongst the icebergs, then don your crampons and ice hike across…
This intrepid itinerary is the only multi-sport adventure available in winter. It takes you through the wild terrain on foot, on horseback and by kayak to the great dramatic sights of the park, which is almost empty of travellers and…
Base yourself at one of Chile's National Historical Monuments (now a luxury, all-inclusive hotel) as you explore the natural beauty of the Torres del Paine area. Mixing classic sights likes the Torres del Paine themselves with more off-the-beaten-track guided…
You've got the Paine massif behind you and you're basically riding down the stream of glacial meltwater until Last Hope Sound, then a few hundred yards of portage and you're kayaking between glaciers in a little lagoon.
Luke Errington Founder, Swoop Patagonia