Seno Última Esperanza (Last Hope Sound)
Seno Última Esperanza gets its name from Captain Juan de Ladrillero, who in 1557 went searching for the western entrance to the Strait of Magellan. After several weeks of searching, and in desperate need of food and water, he eventually found this fjord and was able to stock up on provisions in what is now Puerto Natales. Out of his joy at finding what he thought was the Strait, he named the fjord 'Seno Última Esperanza' or 'Sound of Last Hope'.
A fun way to explore this fjord is by catching the ferry from Glaciar Serrano, just on the border of Torres del Paine National Park, down the Serrano river. On its way back to Puerto Natales, the ferry stops at Estancia Perales for you to enjoy a delicious lamb asado, before you continue on for the 2-hour journey back to Puerto Natales harbour.
A handful of operators offer kayaking trips in the Seno Ultima Esperanza. This is a peaceful location where you can paddle up to a waterfall and camp out on the fjord's green banks.
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Trips that visit Seno Última Esperanza (Last Hope Sound)
The Fjord Trail
This fantastic ride is suitable for any level of experience. It follows a route from Torres del Paine to Bernardo O'Higgins, via lakes in the wetlands, humid forests and Glacier Serrano before finishing with scenic boat trip through the Last…
- 3 Days
Safari in Southern Patagonia
You choose the activities on this multi-day trip using an eco-friendly camp as your base. There are daily excursion options for all abilities with expert guides to support you. Trekking in Torres del Paine, biking at Laguna Azul, a boat…
- 4 Days
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…
- 2 Days