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Patagonia Family
Unplugged Itinerary
Day 1: Arrive into Punta Arenas, Patagonia
Arrive into Punta Arenas in the far south of Chile, one of the southernmost cities on earth situated at 54 degrees south in the ice packed land mass known as Patagonia.

You will be picked up at the airport by a driver and transferred to your hotel in town.

Depending on your flight time, enjoy a city tour or a visit a museum. Dinner will be in one of the city's many excellent restaurants.

Dinner included (wine/drinks available at extra cost).
Night Hotel Rey Don Felipe.
Arrive into Patagonia
Day 2: Fly to Tierra del Fuego. King Penguins. Hotel
After an early breakfast you will take a private transfer to the airport for your flight to Porvenir in Tierra del Fuego. The flight takes 15 minutes and offers amazing views of the Straits of Magellan and this unexplored region.

After arriving in Porvenir, we will drive roughly 75 miles south-east to the mouth of the Marazzi river in Bahia Inutil (Useless Bay), home to a small colony of King Penguins. This is the only colony of King Penguins outside of Antarctica and the Isles of the South Atlantic and it is thought that this pioneering group came here from South Georgia.

The King Penguin is the second largest species of penguin after the Emperor and it is certainly one of the most colourful and attractive members of the group. Not many places in the world offer good access and chances to see them in the wild, making this a very special place. You will be able to witness these magnificent sea birds in their natural habitat and learn about their natural history from a specialist guide.
After some time observing the penguins we will have lunch and return to Porvenir where we will meet our return flight to Punta Arenas. Transfer back to your hotel in Punta Arenas for a second night.

Night Hotel Rey don Felipe as above.

All meals included (wine/drinks available at extra cost).
King Penguin
Day 3: Drive Puerto Natales. Night waterside Estancia
After breakfast we will be driving for approximately 3 hours across the pampas to Puerto Natales, the capital of Chile's Ultima Esperanza region and gateway to Torres del Paine and Bernardo O'Higgins National Parks.

There will be a briefing in our office with your BlueGreen guide who will be with your for the rest of the trip in our office.
The town offers views of the Patagonian Andes rising up over this arm of the Pacific Ocean, which has formed fjords and inlets, a result of millions of years of glaciation.

After a short stop for lunch in town we will continue about 30 miles north on a beautiful coastal road to the waterside Estancia Perales which will be our base for the night. Surrounded by the high peaks of the Cordillera Chacabuco, some of which are permanently covered by snow, this estancia occupies an enviable position on the edge of the fjords with panoramic views of Mount San Luis and its hanging glaciers with Cerro Prat to the rear.

We will have a chance to settle in and explore the extensive gardens and land, which extends across acres of waterfront with plenty of short walks and a dock to sit and enjoy the views.

For trips between November and March, we can arrange fishing here.

Night in comfortable, prettily decorated en suite rooms in the main house of Estancia Perales. Dinner will be in the estancia's own restaurant that serves home produced meat, fish and local produce.

Dinner included (wine/drinks available at extra cost).
Waterside Estancia Perales
Day 4: Board yacht and navigate to Bernardo O'Higgins
After breakfast at the estancia you will make your way to the nearby boat dock to meet your skipper, Fernando, who will welcome you on board your yacht, which will navigate north to Puerto Toro situated on the southern tip of the Bernardo O'Higgins National Park.

Heading out across Last Hope Sound you can admire the landscapes with views of Paine Grande and the Balmaceda mountain range. The Bernardo O'Higgins National Park is situated 31 miles north of Puerto Natales. It is actually Chile's largest National Park and accessible only by boat, by foot or by horse. This inaccessibility keeps the area pristine. Its waterways form a novel water-borne way to enter Torres del Paine as you journey up the Serrano River through native forests scattered around a complicated network of fjords and creeping glaciers.

On arrival at Puerto Toro you will have an opportunity to walk to the stunning Serrano Glacier while lunch is prepared on board. After lunch you will then suit up before either taking kayaks into the water to paddle out in front of the Balmaceda hanging glacier or boarding the boat's own zodiac for a small boat exploration of the area (depending on the weather).

After your time on the water exploring, you will return to your yacht for a night on board with dinner served by your crew. Go up on deck and enjoy the star-filled Patagonian skies made all the more spectacular by the complete lack of light pollution in this area, a rare sight in this populated world we live in. Listen to the thunderous roars of nearby icefalls as chunks of ice calve off the glaciers in the area.

Accommodation will be in double or twin berths or alternatively you can wild-camp close to the Serrano Glacier with all equipment provided.

All meals included (wine is served with dinner).
Sailing through Patagonia
Day 5: AM kayak/zodiac. Journey to Torres del Paine
After breakfast on board you will have an opportunity for more kayaking or zodiac exploration according to the weather and water conditions.

For trips during the Patagonian summer you will make your way to the dock where you will board zodiacs for an exciting journey up river through Bernado O'Higgins to Torres del Paine. This trip takes a few hours and gets you into Torres del Paine in time to enjoy a pre-dinner drink in front of the magnificent Paine Massif.

For winter trips (between 15 April and 15 October) you will return to your yacht before navigating back to Puerto Natales where you will join a land transfer into Torres del Paine (approximately 2 hours driving).

Night in the contemporary-natural, stylish and recently opened Pampa Lodge (some family rooms available).

All meals included (wine/drinks available at extra cost).
Joey Essex and Lolo Kayaking
Day 6: Torres del Paine. Grey Glacier. Night in Park
During the summer months between 15 October and 15 March you will transfer to Grey Lake where you will board the Grey II launch which will take you across the iceberg-choked waters of Grey Lake to an area close to the face of the glacier where you will disembark and make your way to the basic Refugio where you will spend the night.

After unpacking and having some lunch, you will walk down to the lake to board a boat that will take you for an hour or so to a small island in the middle of the lake. From here you will continue on foot with your specialist guide until reaching the ascent point for your hike up onto the ice.

After donning crampons and listening to the safety briefing you will spend time on this immense glacier exploring its crevices and caverns. After this unique adventure you will return to your boat and the small basic Refugio that will be your home for the night.

All meals included with dinner in the Refugio (wine/drinks available at extra cost). Some family rooms available in the Refugio, subject to availability.

During winter you will spend the day exploring the magnificent landscapes and wildlife of Torres del Paine. With your private guide and vehicle you will journey first to Grey Lake and Glacier where you can walk along the sandy lake beach admiring the glaciers and icebergs. You will then continue across the Park taking short walks to waterfalls, mountain lookouts and areas where wildlife congregates. In the event of deep snow we will provide snow shoes which are fun to use and easy to get used to.

After your full day exploring you will return for a second night at the lovely Pampa Lodge. All meals included (wine/drinks available at extra cost).
Hiking on a glacier
Day 7: Hiking, Torres del Paine Park or Natales
After breakfast during summer you will set out on foot on a stunning 3-4 hour trail that takes you up and out of the Valley with far reaching views across Grey Glacier to the turquoise waters of Lake Pehoe, one of the most photographed lakes in the Park. Here you will board a catamaran which takes you to the south side of the Lake where you will meet your vehicle and transfer east to the lovely authentic and remote Estancia Tercera ranch house, which boasts fabulous views of the Towers.

Time to explore some of the lakes in the eastern area of the Park such as Laguna Amarga and Laguna Azul, time permitting. Arrive at the estancia and relax with a fireside pisco sour while admiring the views of the Towers and learning about estancia life in Patagonia.

All meals included (wine/drinks available at extra cost).
During winter you can either embark on the challenging but rewarding hike to the base of the Towers or you can spend the morning in a more leisurely fashion exploring three of Paine's most beautiful lakes; Laguna Azul, Laguna Amarga and Lago Sarmiento looking for wildlife and photographing the landscapes.

After plenty of time exploring you will return to Puerto Natales.
Tonight will be in the beautiful waterside Hotel Costa Australis with very comfortable rooms and great views across Last Hope Sound to Paine Grande.

Breakfast and lunch included. Dinner at leisure in one of the town's many great restaurants.
Classic hike to Towers
Day 8: Take ferry to remote peninsular. Night Estancia
During summer after a typical breakfast of home baked bread and cakes you will take a return transfer to Puerto Natales before boarding a ferry that will take you out across the water to the relatively unknown Antonio Varas Peninsula and the authentic historic Estancia Mercedes.

During winter you will take the morning ferry, also to Estancia Mercedes.

Estancia Mercedes is one of the historic estancias of the region. Constructed by the pioneer Jose Iglesias Diaz in the 1930s, it is an idyllic waterside dwelling, built despite the challenges posed by the area's inaccessibility. Said to mark one's character and moderate the spirit, living and working on the other side of the Ultima Esperanza among the thick forests and peat bogs is not an easy life. Nowadays the people that live here are more connected but time advances slowly and everything functions to the rhythm of nature.

On arrival, you will be greeted by your hosts before you explore the surroundings and admire this beautiful solitary homestead. The afternoon will be spent learning about some of the history and culture. In particular the traditional method of smoking fish.

Time for a delicious lunch before relaxing or taking a walk or horse ride into the surrounding area to admire the unique flora and fauna that exists in these wetlands including the giant Nalca leaves which are popular in cooking.

Night Estancia Mercedes. All meals included (wine/drinks available at extra cost).

*Note bunk bed accommodation in very comfortable rooms with shared bathrooms.
Historic Estancia Mercedes
Day 9: Morning exploring estancia and waterfront. Punta Arenas
After breakfast you will have a chance to enjoy some fishing in the fjords (summer only), a moment to relax and reflect on your adventure in the incredible landscapes of Patagonia.

After lunch you will return by ferry to Puerto Natales where you will meet your onward transport to Punta Arenas.

There will be a chance to catch up with Wifi or souvenir shopping in town before you are driven the three hours back to Punta Arenas for drop-off either at the hotel or airport according to your onward travel arrangements.

For families or clients visiting in summer and wanting to see more penguins and wildlife, there is the option of visiting the Otway Sound penguin colony and the wildlife Estancia Lolita on the way back to Punta Arenas. Just ask for details.

For those of you who want to truly follow in Joey's footsteps, you can spend an extra couple of nights in Punta Arenas and enjoy a diving trip out to Isla Marta and a sea lion colony located in the waters close to the city *certified divers only.

Night hotel in Punta Arenas or onward flight.
Fresh Catch
Day 10: Dive with sea lions. Night Punta Arenas
For those of you wanting to extend the adventure a little further, we can arrange a boat trip out to a sea lion colony close to Isla Marta where you can dive with sea lions.

This excursion starts with a transfer at 0900 to fishermans' quay where you will board your dive boat. You will be accompanied by a certified Dive Master and Padi Instructor. All equipment is included with wet or dry suits according to the season and all dive equipment including bottles, regulator, jacket, mask, gloves and fins.

On the way out to the dive site you will cruise close to the Rio Seco, which dolphins are known to frequent. After approximately two hours you will arrive at the sea lion colony close to Isla Marta where you will prepare your equipment and receive a safety briefing and instruction before commencing the dive. After a dive of between 40 and 60 minutes, you will exit the water and enjoy lunch and hot drinks on board (soup, snacks, coffee, tea, sandwiches and chocolate provided).

Return to the dock in Punta Arenas and transfer back to your hotel.

Note, sea lions or dolphin sightings cannot be guaranteed.

Night in hotel in the Hotel Rey Don Felipe or the Hotel Dreams in Punta Arenas or continue to airport for onward travel.

Breakfast and lunch included.
Joey Essex Diving in Patagonia