Serrano River

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 50m portage section gives access to the icebergs that have calved into the Serrano Lagoon.

2 Days


Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • Paddle to Serrano River and waterfall
  • Paddle to Mount Balmaceda to view Serrano Glacier
  • Kayak in the iceberg lagoon and sample a traditional lamb BBQ at a ranch

Start from Puerto Natales and end at Puerto Natales

Landmarks visited on Serrano River

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Serrano Glacier

Paddling Distance: 26 miles; Paddling Time: 6-7 hours

Early in the morning, you'll be picked up at your hotel in a private transportation, and you'll head to Serrano river's shore. (1.5 hrs. approx) Load the kayaks and make the last preparations for the day. The guide will give you a brief explanation of safety and instructions for paddling efficiently, details about the route, weather and river conditions. You'll start paddling Serrano River till Serrano waterfall (1.5 hrs). Here, you will carry the kayaks for about 100 meters to avoid it. You'll keep paddling along the Serrano River, in your journey to Serrano Glacier. You'll paddle with amazing views of Tyndall Glacier and Geike Range. Keep going, surrounded by beautiful Coigue and Cypress forests that grow on the river shores.

Getting closer to the Mount Balmaceda, join the waters of Ultima Esperanza Fjord, in which the Spanish Sailor Juan Ladrilleros sought an outlet to the Atlantic in 1558. From this point you will discover the beautiful view of the Serrano Glacier.

Meals: Lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Balmaceda campsite (Facilities: Toilets)

Day 2: Serrano Lagoon

Paddling Distance: 2 miles; Paddling Time: 1-2 hours

You will portage the kayaks for 50 meters from camp to Serrano Lagoon. You will paddle on it among many icebergs in front of the magnificent Serrano Glacier. The first rays of light will give you unique views of this beautiful place. You'll have until 1100 to paddle and to enjoy this ice scenery which is specially protected from strong winds. Back to camp, you will pack all the gear and get back to '21 de Mayo' boat, to go back to Puerto Natales.

Along the way, there will be a stop at Perales Ranch, where you'll enjoy a traditional Magellan Lamb BBQ. After lunch, you will get to Puerto Bories, where private transportation will be waiting. Return to your hotel at around 1830.

Meals: Breakfast, 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.

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Prices, Departures and Inclusions


  • Private transportation from and back to Puerto Natales
  • Accident insurance for each participant
  • Meals as indicated in itinerary
  • Camping equipment
  • Certified local guides
  • Double kayaks
  • Kayak equipment
  • Safety equipment


  • Entrance to Torres del Paine National Park
  • Meals not indicated in itinerary
  • Personal expenses and equipment
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses

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