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GO Puerto Natales Chile +56 (61) 2411 800
Observe whales in this pristine southern habitat
Observe fascinating marine life in the Magellan Straits
The Area
We invite you to join us on a visit to Chile's first protected marine environment on the Brunswick Peninsula in southern Chile.

Located 75 kms south of Punta Arenas, Cape San Isidro is a mountainous landscape offering a great diversity of species and habitat including sub-antarctic native beech forests, peat bogs, alpine zones and valleys formed by glaciers. Its rivers, lakes and seas are home to humpback whales, Chilean and peale dolphins, penguins, sea lions and a vast variety of sea birds.

The area is reached by land through a historic route up to the point of embarkation at the Santa Maria river and then a boat trip through the Straits of Magellan where observation of dolphins and different species of marine birds from circumpolar habitats is common.

The Boats
For navigating the straits and observing whales, the main ship is a 15 metre three decked inboard diesel cruiser, allowing comfortable small group navigation and including facilities and equipment for overnight excursions. In addition there are various RIB (rigid inflated boats) for speedier and extra maneuverability when whale watching and in logistical operations.

The Accommodation
During our two trips in the area, accommodation is in a comfortable Hosteria and/or dome style tents that form the eco camp here on the island. The latter has been designed to minimize its impact on this fragile environment consisting of permanent tents built onto platforms with wooden gang planks linking the tents to avoid plant and soil destruction. With five domed tents, a community area, three bathrooms, tents for lectures and dining the camp produces its own energy and disposes of waste in a way that avoids contamination and pollution of the local environment.

Despite the camp's mission to respect and protect the environment it is privileged to occupy, it offers comfortable accommodation with good food, great service and a warm welcome to guests and visitors.

The Hosteria or Inn hailed as the southern most lodging on the American continent occupies a solitary and beautiful position en route to Cape Froward.

It offers six double rooms, all comfortably equipped with high quality twin box-spring beds, private baths and hot water with electricity and heating provided by slow combustion wood burning heaters. There is a dining room and a cosy living room with a wonderful view across the Straits of Magellan. There is also an outdoor spa with two hot water tubs and a sauna that might tempt you to take a cooling dip in the waters of the Straits.

With a family run atmosphere, you will enjoy good food and conversation as you discuss the days adventures with your new friends. You can choose from a walk along the coast with observations of intertidal zone alternating with stretches of evergreen woodland or walk to the nearby summit of Mount Tarn (830 metres) which was climbed by Charles Darwin in 1834.

The Trips

Check out our two 4-day programmes by clicking on the boxes to the left or contact us if you would like to enquire about other tours in the area which include a 2-day trip for those with limited time and a fabulous full day helicopter excursion.

The Whales
Whales travel great distances to take advantage of the best breeding grounds and feeding spots.

These gentle giants are famous for their singing abilities -belting out seductive ballads to attract mates or to challenge other would be suitors. But they also have other talents. Their unique hunting skill, called bubblenet feeding, involves a group of humpbacks working together to capture schools of herring.

Each whale has a part to play in the process: one whale swims in a circle while blowing bubbles under a school of herring. When the bubbles rise, the school of herring can not escape and form into a tight ball in the centre. Other whales vocalize -grunting or screaming - to scare the herring to the surface.

The whales then rise with their mouths wide open to capture large amounts of fish.

The whale most often sighted here is the humpback whale. The sei and minke whales are also sometimes seen as is the magnificent orca (killer whale). Dolphin species include Commerson's, Peale and the Chilean dolphin.
Room at the Inn
15 metre cruiser