Pumalin Fjords

Explore the Chilean lake district, visiting hot springs, navigating fjords and camping beside rivers. Camping equipment such as tents, mattresses, pots, dishes are included and you'll be led by an experienced bilingual guide.

7 Days

$1,231

Pumalin Fjords - 7 - $1,231

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • Carretera Austral scenic driving - Basecamp in Comau Fjord
  • Sea kayak practice - Llancahue hot springs - camp in Comau Fjord
  • Comau Fjord till Cahuelmo Fjord, sealion colony and hot springs
  • Cahuelmo hot springs and trekking
  • Cahuelmo Fjord paddling north till Quintupeu Fjord

Start from Puerto Varas and end at Puerto Varas

Landmarks visited on Pumalin Fjords

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1:

At 20:00 meet with your guide in the hotel in Puerto Varas town. This is a small and pleasant city 20 km north of Puerto Montt, located next to Llanquihue lake and in front of Osorno Volcano (2652m) and 1,000 km south of Santiago. The purpose of this meeting is to meet the group members and receive a complete explanation of the trip & logistics, so everyone will understand why we certain decisions are made during the trip and what is expected in terms of team work.


Day 2:

At 9am meet in a hotel in Puerto Varas, and immediately after start driving the Carretera Austral, the only road that goes to the Patagonia area. As you travel you will see picturesque fishermen villages and will have to cross by ferryboat the Reloncavi Fjord, the first Patagonian fjord. On the way, you will enjoy some vistas of the Hornopiren volcano with the snowcapped Yates Mt. on the background.  To the South, in front of the Hornopiren village, you will see the Isla de los Ciervos (Deer Island). You will cross the turbulent waters of the Rio Blanco, to continue across the foothills of a sheer rock wall. Finally the Comau fjord will show up, amidst high mountains and steep shores, introducing you to the spectacular scenario of the Hornopiren and Pumalin Parks.

Then, what the trip will start... A real opportunity to see and experience how people of this remote locations live and have the opportunity to share a good conversation with them. After lunch, you will go for an easy hike around the area and enjoy the views of the fjords. Camp at Comau Fiord.

Meals: Lunch, Dinner


Day 3:

After breakfast you will start with an intense general sea kayak practice of paddling strokes and rescue techniques. After that, you will continue navigating west to Llancahue Island (if the weather allows), have a box lunch at the beach and arrive to a place where there is a basic family hotel with two pools filled with the hot waters from under the sea, facing a wonderful view of the islands of the Pacific Ocean. In the afternoon, return to our campsite and share dinner with the family. Camp at Comau Fiord.

Meals: Breakfast, Box-lunch, Dinner


Day 4: 

In order to decrease the possibilities of wind, the day will start very early in the morning or almost at night. You will load the kayaks and the gear for this self-supported trip paddling south in the Comau Fjord. From this day ahead you will be always paddling in between 3 volcanoes (north: Yates and Hornopiren Volcanoes and south: Michimahuida volcano). After some hours, the Quintupeu fjord will appear. Once in the entrance, if the weather allows, continue to Cahuelmo Fjord. The navigation from Quintupeu till Cahuelmo fjord is the most exposed section of the trip so paddle close to the coastline, enjoying the dense vegetation. At the entrance of Cahuelmo fjord there is a sea lion colony that you will visit in an organized way, without making noise, so you don't disturb them and probably take some photos.

The best of the day is yet to come, paddle slowly and take advantage of the opportunity to explore the walls that fall directly into the sea, arrive to the hot springs. These hot springs are a group of pools of different sizes and depths, made in petrified shells. This will be a moment to relax and forget about everything,  soothing hot springs will be your reward. Local people had carved many rustic tubs in rock at the water edge years ago. Each one is a different size and all have very hot water, easily regulated by simple and natural methods to attain the temperature desired for an extremely pleasant bath. Dinner and campsite at the hot springs.

Meals: Breakfast, Box-lunch, Dinner


Day 5:

After enjoying your breakfast you will be ready to start the next adventure, a hike heading to Abascal lake, if you can find the trail in this thick vegetation. Otherwise there will be other options. It will be necessary to cross some branches of the river and walk considering the tides otherwise it will be covered by the sea. The reward, a new perspective of an untouched area where few people have been before. You will return in time for lunch and for a relaxing bath at Cahuelmo hot springs. Dinner and campsite at the hot springs. 

Meals: Breakfast, Box-lunch, Dinner


Day 6:

Very early in the morning you will start paddling north till the Quintupeu fjord, very steep and narrow, with huge waterfalls and vertical walls that disappear in the sea. It was here that the Dresden, a 3,600-ton light cruiser, one of the fastest ships in the German Imperial Navy, was hidden during the World War I. After some time, you will stop for a box lunch and enjoy a short hike to a big waterfall where you will be just below it. Continue paddling this time to explore the southern shore where you will be almost just below a huge waterfall that brings tons of water to the sea. Continue till the end of the fjord where that is a river that you may be able to explore by kayak, depending on the tides. At night, camp with a marvellous view of the Andes... just in front of you.

Meals: Breakfast, Box-lunch, Dinner


Day 7:

This is a long day so you will start paddling at night to avoid the possibility of wind, and enjoy this particular experience of paddling waiting for the sun to show up. After enjoying a lunch, hopefully with your local friends, you will return to Puerto Varas in the afternoon.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

This trip can run as a group trip, with prices starting from $1,231 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

  • Complete safety-talk, paddling and rescue practice before departure.
  • Transportation in private van from Puerto Varas until Comau Fjord and return to Puerto Varas. 
  • Reloncavi Fjord navigation (ferry boat)
  • Navigation Equipment
  • Camping and cooking equipment (2 person shared tents, tarp) 
  • 3 days of hot springs
  • Safety Equipment
  • Guide

Excludes

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

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