Kayak 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

$1,293

Kayak Pumalin Fjords - 7 - $1,293

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 Kayak Pumalin Fjords

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Meet in Puerto Varas

In the afternoon have a pre-trip meeting 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.

Accommodation: Hotel, Puerto Varas


Day 2: Begin the journey to Patagonia

Leave Puerto Varas at 6am and 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. 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. During the late morning 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, the trip will start... A real opportunity to see and experience how people of this remote locations live. After lunch on the shore, you will go for a short paddle, between 2 and 3 hours in relatively protected waters.

You'll reach Llancahue Island and the hotel for the evening. After checking in, what better than to soak in the hot springs in front of the sea, relaxing before the days of more adventure to come.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Hotel, Llancahue Island


Day 3: Quintupeufjord crossing

After an early breakfast you will get into your kayak to witness sunrise over the water. The crossing today is slightly more exposed than yesterday, so the schedule will be set against the tide table. 

Paddle towards the Southeast until you arrive at the impressive steep walls and narrow entrance of the Quintupeufjord. Here, the Andes and native forest meet with the Pacific Ocean, and you'll be able to paddle in the heart of this special landscape.

After lunch at the campsite for the evening, shower under an amazing waterfall in the afternoon before continuing on further into the fjord to spot another beautiful cascade, and capture some phenomenal photos. Camp at Quintupeufjord.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Camping in tents, Quintupeufjord


Day 4: Cahuelmo Hot Springs

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, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Camping in tents, Cahuelmo


Day 5: Huinay

After enjoying your breakfast you will be ready to start the next adventure, a day heading to the village of Huinay. Families have been living on the bank of the Huinay River, between the granite rocks and the ocean, for generations. In 1998 the Fundacion San Ignacio del Huinay established the fjord on the shores to promote scientific work, and research on new marine species and cold water corals has been taking place since. Today we'll visit the visitor centre of the fundacion to discover more about their work.

The camp for the night is located on the riverbank and run by a local family who will serve a wholesome meal with the possibility of some fresh catch of the day.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Camping in tents, Huinay


Day 6: Porcelana

Another early start, to reach what is often seen as the prettiest part of the main fjord. Navigating your way through snow-capped granite peaks and accompanied by sea life, you will cross the main fjord to arrive at Porcelana Cove, at the southern end of the fjord.

In the afternoon, after you've set up camp on another family-run campsite, you'll walk to the stunning hot springs nearby, nestled in the woods beside a lovely creek. Soak in the pools until the sun goes down, looking forward to a salmon barbecue prepared by the family running the camp.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Camping in tents, Porcelana


Day 7: Departure

Have one last soak in the springs in the morning before breakfast, then load your kayak once more and venture south towards Leptepu; the end point of the fjord. Here, you'll board the ferry back to Honorpiren, a 3.5 hour journey. Lunch in the local "cocineria", then take a private transfer to Puerto Varas, where the trip will end.

Booking another night in Puerto Varas or Puerto Montt is recommended, rather than flying onwards on the same day.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Kayaking in Pumalin Park

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

This trip can run as a group trip, with prices starting from $1,293 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

  • Meals: 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners
  • Accommodation: 2 nights hotel, 4 nights camping
  • Complete safety-talk, paddling and rescue practice before departure
  • Private transportation during the whole trip
  • Reloncavi Fjord navigation (ferry boat)
  • Kayaks and navigation equipment
  • Camping and cooking equipment (2 person shared tents, tarp)
  • Safety equipment
  • Technical gear (dry suits and dry bags)
  • Bilingual guides

Excludes

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

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