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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 landscape.

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

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, where we enter hiking to the Alacalufes National Reserve until the Mountains’ fjord.
During the navigation it is posible to watch seals, dolphins, penguins, cormorants, condors, and other species.

From Resi fjord we must hike about 15 minutes to reach the lagoon Acantilados, 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 continue hiking for another 45 minutes to get to the Huiros bay. Here we take the boat West Patagonia to take us to our floating refuge Explorador and enjoy of a rich lunch.

Then we trek from the same bay up to the lookout Buena Vista, where it’s possible to admire the Mountains’ fjord, the glaciers Bernal & Hermann from the Sarmiento mountain range, the beautiful surrounding of mountains, rivers, waterfalls and lagoons. We continue trekking until the shore of the fjord where the boat West Patagonia awaits for us to take us to the Bernal glacier (5 minutes). We disembark in the coast of the Bernal glacier and hike through a particular trail with colorful moraines that cross the pro-glacier lake, allowing us to get close and safe enough to touch its ice. This permits us to watch and understand its movements and changes that it makes in the landscape through the years. The contrast of colors between the vegetation, the ice, the mountains and the fjord in the background, makes any picture postcard worthy.

We take again the boat and navigate for 10 minutes until our floating refuge to taste a delicious dinner.

Floating Refuge Explorador / Double rooms
45 km - 1 hr Road / 20 mn - 1 hr Navigation / 4 km - 2 hrs Trekking


DAY 2 - Kiara, Alsina & Paredes glaciers

After a good breakfast, we’ll go to navigate during one and a half hour throughout the Mountains’ fjord towards North to appreciate the glaciers Kiara, Alsina & Paredes. These are the last main glaciers from the Sarmiento mountain range that fall into the fjord.
We go back to the refuge Explorador for another nice lunch.

We begin the return to Puerto Natales around the 14:00 hrs. To go back we must hike again the Alacalufes path until the Rest fjord, same way we did to enter.
In Resi fjord we take our fast boat Explorador IV and navigate until the Antonio Varas peninsula to take the vehicle that will take us to Puerto Natales.

We will be back at 18:00 hours approximately.

Back to Puerto Natales
1,5 km - 1 hr Trekking / 40 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 2019, you could enjoy the exclusivity of our floating refuge and daily expeditions in the Mountains fjord, within the National Reserve Alacalufe.

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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