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Floating Refuge

Explorador
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FIRST AND ONLY REFUGE IN THE ENTIRE ALACALUFES RESERVE
9 guests maximum capacity

Enjoy the beauty of the Mountains' fjord and the Sarmiento mountain range doing our daily guided excursions in the surroundings. Then take a deserved rest in our exclusive floating refuge “Explorador”, located in the Huiros bay, in the heart of this amazing fjord surrounded by glaciers, into the Alacalufe National Reserve.

"Explorador" is a wooden vessel coated with fiberglass, optimally equipped with all the comforts and necessary implementation for different kind of expeditions that require to navigate and to explore autonomously the fjords of Patagonia during weeks. It measures 17 meters long and 4.5 meters wide. Its great design and distribution give confort and make you live a pleasant experience on board. It has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, hot shower, kitchen and a common room to rest and enjoy a quiet moment before and after each delicious dinner.

During the summer season we operate as a floating refuge from November 01st of 2017 until March 30th of 2018, located in the heart of the Mountains' fjord. We offer daily excursions to our guests, being possible to enjoy different outdoor activities during the stay, visiting the glaciers or go trekking to awesome lookouts of this beautiful fjord, the majestic Sarmiento mountain range and the entire lanscape.

Thes refuge is also our operations base for our trekking circuits in the fjord.

Everyday during your stay we’ll offer half-day and full day excursions, it could be navigation in the fjord by the glaciers and trekking to panoramic lookouts of all the landscape around. These will be decided the night before by our professional team on terrain, whom will base on the weather conditions and the security of the activity.

You need at least two days and one night to enjoy of this beautiful Fjord and do different outdoor activities admiring the majestic Sarmiento mountain range with it’s six main glaciers that flow down to the sea. It’s possible to navigate close to them and walk close enough to touch the ice of one of them.

Enjoy the experiences on board of our exclusive floating refuge as many days as you desire, being possible to do different excursions during 7 days.

DAY 1 - Alacalufes path / Bernal & Hermann glaciers

We pick up the participants of the expedition from the Hotel at 10:00 hours, then we take a ferry to go from Puerto Natales to Antonio Varas peninsula across the Señoret channel. We continue by car for 1 hour through a gravel road to the embarking spot, where we’ll have lunch. Afterward we take our fast boat Explorador IV and navigate for one hour until the end of the Resi fjord. Here we have our first campsite with expedition tents and a Dome as shelter while we are at the camp along is our kitchen and the dinning room.
During the navigation it is posible to watch seals, dolphins, penguins, cormorants, condors, and other species.

If the weather conditions were favorable and lets us arrive early to camp, we’ll go trekking in the surrounding to watch and appreciate the beauty of the area. We finish the day in our Camp Resi with a tasty dinner in our dome.

Camp Resi / Double tents
45 km - 1 hr Road / 20 mn - 1 hr Navigation / 4 km - 2 hrs Trekking


DAY 2 - Kiara, Alsina & Paredes glaciers

After a nice breakfast, we’ll go out for a hike around the Huiros bay, to the "buena vista" lookout, an awesome last walk with an amazing view of the fjord, the mountains, the glaciers, the bay and the way we must take to go back to Puerto Natales.

Later we begin the return by an indian pass known as the “Alacalufe path", named as the canoeist ancestors Kaweshkar who inhabited all the fjord lands in the last 5,000 years and used this pass to connect the Mountains’ fjord with the Resi fjord. We have to hike for 1 kilometer to reach the Acantilados lake, which is incased between huge rock walls, so it’s only possible to go across by boat. In the lake we have our boat Acantilados, which takes 5 minutes of navigation to get to the other side where we have to hike another 20 minutes to reach the Resi fjord.
Here we are back to the beginning point, so we embark again to our fast boat Explorador IV to navigate one hour until the Antonio Varas peninsula as the first day. We eat our lunch and continue until Puerto Natales, finishing this expedition around 15:00 hours, weather conditions permitting.

Back to Puerto Natales
1,5 km - 1 hr Trekking / 20 nm - 1 hr Navigation / 45 km - 1 hour Road


EXTRA DAY - Open excursion

During the extra days of staying on board our floating refuge, we will offer half-day or full-day excursions. The tour is chosen by our local guide and team in the field, based on the climatic conditions, safety and interest of the group.

We have a variety options of excursion, either trekking with different levels of difficulty to panoramic viewpoints of the fjord and its beautiful surroundings or navigation by the glaciers of the Sarmiento mountain range.


EXCURSIONS


- Condor lookout
- Mirador buena vista
- Bernal & Hermann glaciers lookout
- Thunder pass lookout
- Alsina & Paredes glaciers lookout

- 3 lagoons valley lookout
- Zamudio glacier lookout
- La Paz towers lookout
- Kiara glacier lookout
- Avalanches lagoon lookout

NAVIGATIONS


- Glacier Zamudio
- Glacier Bernal
- Glacier Hermann
- Glacier Kiara
- Glacier Alsina
- Glacier Paredes
- Knowing the fjord
- A stroll through History

We are located in the Huiros bay, in the heart of the Mountains' fjord, into the Alacalufes National Reserve.
Ground trasnport (white line)
Marine transport (orange line)
Trekking (green line)

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From November of this year, until March 2018, you could enjoy the exclusivity of our floating refuge and daily expeditions in the Mountains' fjord, within the National Reserve Alacalufe.

With a minimum of 2 days it's possible to book, up to as many days as you desire on board of our refuge, departuring everyday of the week during our operation months. A minimum of 2 participants is required to departure. Subject to availability.

RATE PER PERSON


2 DAYS
US$990
EXTRA DAY
US$390

TO CONSIDER

- The expedition is subject to the weather conditions.The activities described may be changed, switched for another activity or cancelled due to rough conditions.
- Our groups are very exclusive, up to 7 participants maximum per expedition.
- Each participant must bring:
· personal hygiene supplies.
· headlamp, sunglasses, hat, gloves, sandals or crocs.
· warm clothing; first layers, fleece, down jacket, etc.
· personal waterproof equipment; jacket, pants and boots of GoreTex technology or similar.
*** The brand Arc'teryx has proofed to be very efficient in the cold and rainy weather of the fjords. Our guides use it and recommend it.

INCLUDED

- All the land and maritime transportation specified in this program.
- Accommodation in our exclusive floating refuge (double rooms - sleeping bag).
- Meals during the expedition; breakfast, lunch or boxed lunch, and dinner.
- Daily guided excursions on the fjord and its attractions.
- Porter service up to 5 kilos (20 liters) between campsites and the floating refuge.
- We provide each participant with the dry bag for the porter, another dry bag to protects its own belongings, sunblock, gators and a liner for the sleeping bags.
- A lifetime experience!.


NOT INCLUDED

- Any other service Not specified in this program.
- Tips.
- Personal travel insurance.

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