San Rafael Glacier 8-day Kayaking Adventure

Battle the winds from the heart of Aysen along the Exploradores valley, through the Andes to the sea and the San Rafael Glacier.

8 Days


San Rafael Glacier 8-day Kayaking Adventure - 8 - $1,450

Itinerary Map

Start from Puerto Tranquilo and end at Puerto Tranquilo

Landmarks visited on San Rafael Glacier 8-day Kayaking Adventure

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome dinner and briefing

Meet your guides and group at 17:00 in Puerto Tranquilo, a tiny village is located on the shores of the second biggest lake in South America, General Carrera. Over a welcome dinner the trip your guides will discuss what you can expect from the coming days, including the all important safety and logistics briefing.

Accommodation: Cabana or Hostel

Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Embark on your journey at Bahia Exploradores

After breakfast you'll be picked up for your transfer to the Bahia Explorardores river. Your first day on the water begins at 10:00, as you kayak 20 kilometres through evergreen forests towards the Cupquelan fjord. Camp tonight at Punta Entrada.

Accommodation: Camping

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Fast flowing waters at Leopard Point

An early start and a hearty breakfast will prepare you for the 25 kilometres of navigation today. Guidance from your expert leaders is key today as you head towards Leopard Point, a narrowing of the river where the water flows at 15 kilometres per hour. Depending on the conditions, you will pass through this point today, or will set up camp ready to tackle it early the next day.

Accommodation: Camping

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Laguna San Rafael

Today's navigation will depend on the currents, tides and wind, as you head towards Iceberg River and Laguna San Rafael.  It is here that you appreciate the perspective gained from being in a kayak, as you glide past icebergs and navigate up to the glacier where meets the lake. If conditions allow, you will push on to the CONAF camp in the San Rafael National Park, if not, your guides will choose a suitable spot to camp along the shore.

Accommodation: Camping

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: San Rafael National Park

If not already arrived, paddle the last few kilometres to the National Park. Once there, you may choose to continue navigating the waters of the lagoon, or to stretch your legs with a walk to one of the viewpoints or the nearby deserted beaches. Look out for the stranded icebergs, deposited on the shores of the lagoon at low tide, giving the impression of hundreds of light blue ice sculptures. You may be joined by one of the few permanent park rangers to tell you more about the history and conservation of the park.

Accommodation: Camping

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Explore the National Park

A backup day at the end of your trip means even if hit with some challenging conditions during your trip, you won't miss out on exploring the National Park and the lagoon. 

Accommodation: Camping

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Puerto Tranquilo

Take in your final views of the park before your pick from camp. A motorised boat will take you back to Bahia Exploradores, then onwards by van to Puerto Tranquillo for a farewell dinner.

Accommodation: Cabana or Hostel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Transfer back to Coyhaique

Take a transfer back to Coyhaique, to the airport or onwards to another destination if you are continuing your adventure elsewhere.

Meals: Breakfast

Kayak Laguna San Rafael

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

Start date Price (pp)
February 2020
8-Feb-2020 $1,450* Provisional Date

* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in USD ($) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost $1,450

  • Pick up and drop off from the airport can be arranged for an extra cost


  • Guides throughout the trip
  • Double and individual kayaks and kayaking equipment
  • Meals mentioned in itinerary
  • Camping equipment
  • Safety and emergency equipment
  • Accident insurance
  • Accommodation mentioned in itinerary
  • Entrance fee to the National Park
  • Motorboat return from the National Park


  • Transport to and from Puerto Tranquilo to the airport or other pre/post excursion destinations
  • Luggage storage
  • Food other than that specified in the itinerary
  • Excess baggage fees
  • Medicine, laundry or personal equipment
  • Gratuities

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