Andean fjords of Northern Patagonia

Kayak the fjords of the Chilean Lake District, you'll spend 6 days kayaking and 5 nights camping. You will also get the chance to relax in the hot springs and kayak up towards a sea lion colony.

6 Days

$1,680

Andean fjords of Northern Patagonia - 6 - $1,680

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • Explore the Andean fjords around Puerto Montt
  • Fully supported kayaking
  • Beautiful camping
  • Visit Llancahue island
  • Visit Quintupeu, Cahuelmo and Comau fjords
  • Spend the night at Porcelana hot springs

Start from Puerto Montt and end at Puerto Montt

Landmarks visited on Andean fjords of Northern Patagonia

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Puerto Montt to Llancahue island

After meeting in Puerto Montt, drive down the Southern Highway, and cross the Reloncavi estuary to Hornopiren. There you board the support vessel and head for Los Ciervos island. After stopping for lunch in a nice cove, you sail on to Llancahue island, where you climb into your sea kayak for instruction and practice. Afterwards, camp for the night on this island. 

Accommodation: Camping on Llancahue island 

Meals: Lunch, Dinner


Day 2: Llancahue island to Quintupeu fjord

Now begins the wild part of your sea kayak adventure. You put in near the entrance to 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. As you glide along under this lush canopy, try to catch a glimpse of dolphins jumping near your kayak. At nightfall, camp at the end of the fjord. 

Accommodation: Camping at Quintupeu fjord

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 3: Quintupeu fjord to Cahuelmo fjord

Navigate down to Cahuelmo fjord, stopping at the entrance to see if there are any sea lions at play. Don't stop for long though, because you want to paddle the far end of Cahuelmo in time to get up the river, or hike through the wild tidal flats. Finally, take a relaxing dip in Cahuelmo hot springs before turning in for the night. 

Accommodation: Camping at Cahuelmo fjord

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 4: Cahuelmo fjord to Porcelana bay

The goal for today's journey is Porcelana hot springs. On the way, stop at the settlement of Huinay and hike up a glacial valley surrounded by snow capped mountains. From this village cut straight across Comau Fjord to Porcelana, where you pitch camp in a lush green pasture.

Accommodation: Camping at Porcelana hot springs

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 5: Porcelana bay to Comau fjord

Paddle down to the end of Comau fjord to Leptepu, passing by stunning snow-capped peaks on your way to a secluded corner in a setting of plunging waterfalls and virgin forests. You also see a lagoon, teeming with wildlife, which can be reached by kayak at high tide. In the afternoon, return to Porcelana and head for the tidal pools of hot water surrounded by magnificent scenery.

Accommodation: Camping at Comau fjord

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 6: Comau fjord to Hornopiren to Puerto Montt

Early this morning, board the support vessel to navigate up Comau fjord to Hornopiren, where you take the road back to Puerto Montt in time to catch the evening flight or bus to Santiago. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

This trip can run as a group trip, with prices starting from $1,680 per person for a complete group. If you are looking to join a group or you are a solo traveller we will help to form likeminded groups of travellers. Please let us know your travel plans.

The trip can also run on a private basis to fit around your plans. Departures may be tailored and can be set up on a date of your choice. Please note that there is a higher price for smaller groups. Please enquire for further details.

Includes

  • 50 ft. motorised support vessel with full time crew during all the trip. 
  • All transportation according to the itinerary, for round trip Puerto Montt or Puerto Varas. 
  • All meals from lunch on day 1 to lunch on day 6. 
  • Services of expert guides, cook and crew. 
  • Fully equipped two-person fiberglass sea kayaks (type: Northwest Seascape 2) with spray skirts, paddles and accessories.
  • Dry bags for kayaks and campsites.
  • Full camping gear, except for personal sleeping bag and pad.
  • Hot spring and park fees.

Excludes

  • Meals not indicated in itinerary
  • Personal expenses and equipment
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses

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