Serrano River Kayaking

Kayak down the complete Serrano River with amazing views of the Paine Massif, get up close to the icebergs on Serrano Lagoon in front of the magnificent Serrano Glacier and paddle to the remote Mount Balmaceda. This remote 2-day kayak trip, with excellent guides, is a great add-on to any trip to Torres del Paine. Kayak down the complete Serrano River with amazing views of the Paine Massif, get up close to the icebergs on Serrano Lagoon in front of the magnificent Serrano Glacier and paddle to the remote Mount Balmaceda. Read more...
2 Days
$990

Serrano River Kayaking - 2 - $990

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

Day 1: Serrano River, waterfall and Glacier; Balmaceda camp

Day 2: Serrano Lagoon & Glacier; Lamb BBQ; Boat to Puerto Natales

Start from Puerto Natales and end at Puerto Natales

Landmarks visited on Serrano River Kayaking

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1:  Serrano River, waterfall and Glacier; Balmaceda camp

This amazing overnight trip starts in Puerto Natales. We’ll pick you up at your hotel in private transport. The drive to the shore of the Serrano River is about 1.5hrs. The river is on the boundary of Torres del Paine National Park.

After loading the kayaks, our guide will give you a briefing about safety and instructions for paddling efficiently. Also, details about the route, weather and river conditions.

We’ll run down the Serrano River with amazing views of Paine massif till we get to the Serrano waterfall (1.5hrs). Here, there’s a portage of about 100m, after which we’ll keep paddling down river on our journey to the Serrano Glacier.

There are amazing views of Tyndall Glacier and the Geike range along the way. The remote area makes this a unique experience.

At this point, the river is surrounded by beautiful native coigue and cypress forests. After a couple of hours, Balmaceda Mountain will appear on the shores of Ultima Esperanza Fjord.

Finally, the amazing Serrano Glacier will welcome us with a spectacular view. It was here that the Spanish Sailor Juan Ladrilleros sought an outlet to the Atlantic in 1558.

We'll pull out at the Balmaceda campsite and soak up the wild atmosphere of this magical spot as you and your guide prepare a great dinner together. We use the finest local ingredients to prepare a first class camp dinner, washed down with a few pisco sours (with glacial ice-cubes) and plenty of Chilean wine.

Paddling distance: 42km, 26 miles; Paddling time: 6-7hrs

Meals: Snacks, picnic lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Balmaceda camp (Facilities: Toilets)


Day 2: Serrano Lagoon & Glacier; Lamb BBQ; Boat to Puerto Natales

The day starts with a delicious breakfast including freshly ground coffee. After gearing up, we’ll get ready to portage of the kayaks for 50m from the camp to Serrano Lagoon. Paddling among icebergs in front of the magnificent Serrano Glacier is an unforgettable experience! The first sun rays will give us unique views of this beautiful place. This icy scenery is especially sheltered. A small stop on a secret lookout will give us a different perspective for awesome views of the Glacier.

Back at camp, after packing all the gear, our group will get on the '21 de Mayo' catamaran to return to Puerto Natales. There is a stop at Perales Ranch, where we’ll be treated to a traditional Magellan lamb BBQ.

Finally, the catamaran stops in Puerto Bories, where our private transport will be waiting to take you to your hotel in Puerto Natales, arriving in the early evening to celebrate some magnificent paddling.

Paddling distance: 3km, 2 miles; Paddling time: 2-3hrs

Meals: Breakfast, snacks, BBQ lunch

Note: Sometimes the lagoon can be blocked with too many pieces of ice. If this is the case, it won't be possible to paddle in the lake and an alternative kayaking route will be proposed. 

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What our customers think of Serrano River Kayaking

Serrano River Kayaking trips scored 4.9/5 from 6 reviews

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!

Travelled: January 2017

Mary - South Dakota

The kayak guides were phenomenal. We got to really know them on our two day kayak - their backgrounds are super impressive, their knowledge of Patagonian waters and the park were unsurpassed and their cooking skills were top-notch! Their team of specialists is one we will recommend to everyone looking to spend time in Patagonia. Kayaking through the back country of Torres del Paine and O'Higgins National Parks was surreal and will never be matched.

Travelled: December 2019

Meghan Riley - United States Of America

Kayaking in Patagonia

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

USD $990 per person, based on two people sharing.

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Additional Notes

Experience – Previous kayak/canoe experience is required and an ability to swim.

Rapids – You'll kayak some rapids in semi-protected waterways at Level 2, with access to shore.

Fitness – Physically you must be very fit; be willing to kayak in adverse conditions; line your kayak upstream; and be able to help haul your kayak in/out of the water where necessary.

Wind – Windy conditions are normal in Patagonia. If you choose to undertake this trip you need to understand that paddling with strong wind may be a possibility.

Includes

  • Private transportation from and back to Puerto Natales
  • Accident insurance for each participant
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • First-class camping equipment: The North Face 4-season tents, synthetic sleeping bags including a liner, Thermarest mats and fluffy pillows
  • Certified kayak guide(s)
  • Tandem kayaks (HTP, laminated kayaks)
  • All kayak equipment: drysuits, one-piece polar suits, mambas/gloves, neoprene shoes (4mm), socks (2mm) and hat, spray-skirt, dry-bags, compact waterproof bag for camera/smartphone case
  • Safety equipment: helmets, life-jackets, satellite messaging communciation
  • Entrance fee to Bernardo O'Higgins National Park
  • BBQ at Perales Ranch

Excludes

  • Meals not indicated in itinerary
  • Personal expenses and equipment
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Gratuities/tips
  • International and domestic/in-country flights
  • Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses

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