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3-day Whale eco-camp
Detailed Itinerary
Day 1: Punta Arenas to Eco Camp, Carlos III Island

Today starts with collection from your hotel at 08.00 hours. Transfer from Punta Arenas to the embarkation point to board our vessel 'TANU' with a length of 17 meters, a speed of 8-10 knots and capacity for 16 passengers.

After an introduction to the boat and crew we will navigate to Carlos III Island, a journey which will take approximately 7 hours depending on the weather. We will pass several important points before reaching the Francisco Coloane marine park among them Fuerto Bulnes, Mount Tarn, Faro San Isidro and Cabo Froward.

At around 13.00 hours we will have a snack or lunch on board depending on the weather conditions.

At around 18.30 hours we will enter the area of the Francisco Coloane marine park where we will be able to observe whales before reaching our eco camp domes at 19.30 hours where we will be greeted by Juan Capella, marine biologist at the University of Chile. Juan discovered this feeding area for the humpback whales over 13 years ago and is very familiar with the whales in the area. He has around 150 individual whales in his photography catalogue.
At 19.30 hours we disembark on Carlos III Island and make our way to the eco camp. From here we can walk to the observatory which is located 280 meters away from the camp and accessible by wooden walkways, a great spot to observe whales and there will be a scientific talk and introduction at 20.00 hours.

At around 21.00 hours we will return to the camp for a welcome dinner.

Dinner included (wine/drinks available at extra cost).
Eco Camp Domes
Day 2: Observe whales. PM  Sail to  Glacier.
After breakfast at around 08.00 hours we will board our boat once again for a navigation through the Marine Park with visits to various areas of interest.

Morning spent observing humpback whales. By using our extensive photo catalogue containing identifying marks and background on 160 individual whales we can learn from our accompanying biologist Juan Capella.

There are two sea lion colonies in the area and we can observe these along with the whales as we journey through headlands and fjords.

For bird lovers there is plenty to see as the area is home to a variety of bird species. The most abundant are the black-browed albatross, Magellanic penguins, skua, cormorants, giant petrels, red-headed vultures, Chilean skuas and Condors among others.

Snack or lunch will be on board depending on the weather conditions.

At around 16.00 hours we will navigate out towards the beautiful remote Glacier Gregorio at Santa Ines Island.

Return to the Carlos III Island stopping at Barbara Channel for another observation of whales at sunset before arriving back at the eco camp at approximately 19.30 hours in time for a farewell dinner.

All meals included (wine/drinks available at extra cost).
Glacier Isla Santa Ines
Day 3: Observe whales and return to Punta Arenas
After breakfast at 08.00 hours we will be packing up and boarding our vessel for a sail around Rupert Island watching the cute Magellanic penguins as they journey from sea to the island. At a count in 2007 the population was estimated at close to 19,000 animals. Other marine birds can also be seen in large numbers, for example skuas with the area holding the largest colony of these birds at 12,000 birds.

At around 18.00 hours we will return to the landing site in Punta Carrera and you will be transferred to your hotel or our office in Punta Arenas.

During the voyage you will have the last chance to see the humpback whales close up

Drop off at your hotel in Punta Arenas will be at approximately 19.30 hours.

Breakfast and lunch included.

Eco camp walkways