Chiloe & Pumalin Discovery Cruise: Wildlife & Fjords

A special wildlife exploration in the Fjords of Chiloe Island. You will see a wide variety of wildlife while cruising on this beautiful wooden yacht, as well as having opportunities for hiking, kayaking and fishing. This varied trip also offers a discovery of the Chiloe culture and the unique landscapes of the island.

5 Days

$2,340

Chiloe & Pumalin Discovery Cruise: Wildlife & Fjords - 5 - $2,340

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • Start your adventure from Puerto Varas, navigate south exploring the gateway to the Fjords region
  • Stop at the Cahuelmo Hot Springs before kayaking or fly-fishing in Quintepu
  • Experience a full day of hiking in Pumalin Park
  • Crossing beautiful rainforests with views of the active Chaiten Volcano
  • Spot Austral and Chilean Dolphins, Magellanic Penguins and different species of seabirds
  • Learn the rich histroy and culture of Chiloe Island 

Start from Castro and end at Castro

Landmarks visited on Chiloe & Pumalin Discovery Cruise: Wildlife & Fjords

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Puerto Varas

You'll start your adventure from Puerto Varas, driving along the first portion of the Carretera Austral (3 hours approx), known also as Route 7, to reach Hornopiren where the crew of the Alba is waiting for you to board the ship. You begin your adventure navigating toward the south exploring the gate to the Fjords Region with possibilities of fauna & birds observation and great views on the surrounding landscape. You can enjoy a stop at the Cahuelmo Hot Springs to later navigate to Quintepu where you'll have time to do some kayaking, enjoy a walk along the beach or experiencing some fly-fishing.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Accommodation: Overnight on board


Day 2: Pumalin Park

You set off early in the morning toward the south to reach Caleta Gonzalo where you'll disembark and start a full day of hiking in Pumalin Park. This spectacular park is the paradise for naturalist and people that enjoy hiking off the beaten path. Tompkins Conservation, an NGO leaded by the philanthropist Douglas Tompkins, recently donated the park to the Chilean Park Administration. The paths and the facilities are superb crossing the exuberant beauty of the temperate rainforest with views to the active Chaiten Volcano and the Corcovado, a peak that resemble the tower of a gothic cathedral that was always the reference point for sailors that navigate this remote coasts.

Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch & dinner

Accommodation: Overnight on board


Day 3: Chiloe Island

You'll start the crossing of the Gulf of Ancud toward the Archipelago of Chiloe. It is a morning of navigation with the opportunities (if you are lucky enough) to spot Austral and Chilean Dolphins, Magellanic Penguins and different species of seabirds such as Albatrosses and Petrels. Once you reach the first islands you'll stop for a lamb barbecue with the locals and then visit some of these remote villages and start to discover the ancient rich history and culture of Chiloe. The land of fishermen, myths, strange creatures with wooden catholic churches that emerge in the landscape spread among small houses and small scale agricultural fields.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Accommodation: Overnight on board


Day 4: Return to Puerto Varas

You continue to explore the islands of the Archipelago of Chiloe, visiting the village of Chelin and It's Unesco site church built on 1888. You can spend time speaking to locals that will guide you to discover the history of this island. After lunch you'll continue toward the great island of Chiloe to reach the port of Dalcahue where you'll disembark and say goodby to the Alba crew. The rest of the day you will explore the vilages of Dalcahue and visit the town of Castro before you start driving back to the mainland to arrive to Puerto Varas in the evening.

Meals: Breakfast & lunch 

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

Departures can be set up for a minimum of 4 people, please get in touch for more details.

Double
January 2019
28-Jan-2019 $2,340*
February 2019
26-Feb-2019 Full

* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in USD ($) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost $2340

Additional Notes

  • The price of USD $3,940 is based on a group of 4-5 people
  • The price of USD $3,050 is based on a group of 6-7 people
  • The price of USD $2,340 is based on a group of 8 people

Includes

  • Professional Naturalist Guide fluent in English with certification of Wilderness First Respond
  • Private terrestrial transportation from/to Puerto Varas
  • Complete equipment for nature observation (Scopes, magnifying glass, pocket microscopes, spotting scopes and torch for nocturnal observation)
  • Literature for consulting on board the ship: Flora, birdlife, sea, land mammals, reptiles and amphibians
  • Bilingual editions
  • Daily lectures about History, Culture, Flora and fauna on board the ship
  • Professional Driver with license A2
  • Personal insurance provided by Metlife (coverage for travellers between 18 and 64 years old)
  • Personal insurance during transportation
  • Ferries, private boat rides and entrance to parks or natural reserves
  • Breakfast, Box Lunch and Dinner where indicated in the itinerary
  • 3 nights of lodging on board the M/V Alba

Excludes

  • Personal Equipment
  • Flights
  • Gratuities

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