WHY THIS TRIP
This Torres del Paine National Park trip extension is the adventurous way to depart Torres del Paine: by kayak down the Serrano River. On the Patagonia Sea Kayaking trip you paddle for three days from the edge of Torres del Paine National Park to the Balmaceda Glacier in Bernardo O’Higgins National Park on the way to Puerto Natales, passing Lenga forest-covered mountains and getting up-close views of off-the-beaten-path glaciers in the Southern Patagonian Ice Field.
While most people make the trip from Torres del Paine National Park to Puerto Natales in just a few hours by road, they miss exploring the Southern Patagonia Ice Cap, which lies away from the road. Adventurous travelers willing to kayak and camp along the Serrano River will be rewarded with amazing views of the Tyndall and Balmaceda Glaciers, as well a numerous fjords and beautiful mountains.
The first day of the Patagonia Sea Kayaking trip involves paddling about four hours down the Serrano River past mountains, waterfalls, and Patagonian fauna. Camp will be in 2- or 4-person backpacking tents.
After one night camping along the river, paddlers will pass the one of the largest of the Southern Patagonia Ice Cap’s glaciers, the Tyndall Glacier. From here, 3 more hours of paddling will take the group to a cozy mountain lodge under Mount Balmaceda, where they will spend the night. The lodge is basic, but comfortable, and the rooms have private bathrooms.
The next morning will involve a kayak to the Balmaceda Glacier, a rarely visited spot as it can only be reached by water. The views of the glacier and its icebergs are spectacular as the group paddles to the dock in O’Higgins National Park. From here the group will travel by catamaran across Last Hope Fjord to Puerto Natales, where the trip ends.
LOCAL PROVIDER: CASCADA EXPEDICIONES
Since 1991 Cascada Expediciones has been offering eco-friendly opportunities for travelers to let go of normal life and refresh with energizing connections to nature. With a strong focus on providing innovative, high-quality experiences — trips in which each traveler enjoys every moment of a trip — Cascada has refreshed nearly 30,000 people. Headquartered in Santiago, a trip of a lifetime with Cascada can include activities ranging from trekking, mountaineering, horseback riding, biking, rafting, fly fishing, kayaking, skiing, wildlife safari and photography, multisport itineraries to winery tours. In engaging the outdoors Cascada-style, every traveler is made to feel relaxed and energized by each activity; nourished rather than weary.
More good feeling comes in knowing the money spent on a Cascada trip stays in the Chilean economy. Moreover, the money stays with a company and people who have a deep respect for the environment. The staff and guides live an eco-friendly life, sharing the environmentally sustainable philosophy put into practice over the life of the company. So firm in its understanding of nature’s importance, Cascada became a carbon neutral company in 2008 and, between June 2009 and 2010, offset more than 183 tons of CO2 emissions. With a goal of becoming entirely CO2-free, Cascada encourages its travelers, suppliers and shareholders to help by standing by its philosophy.