- Go rafting on the Petrohué River
- Swim in Chile's oldest and largest national park
- See penguins on Chiloé Island
- Cruise through the Strait of Magellan
- Spot whales and ancient glaciers as you sail
|Day 1||Go rafting on the Petrohue River||Puerto Varas|
|Day 2||Visit the lakes and volcanoes of Vicente Perez Rosales National Park||Puerto Varas|
|Day 3||Visit the penguins on Chiloé Island||Puerto Varas|
|Day 4||Travel to Punta Arenas||Punta Arenas|
|Day 5||Board a ship and start sailing the Strait of Magellan||At sea|
|Day 6||Visit Helado Glacier and Rupert Islet||At sea|
|Day 7||Go to Aguila Glacier and kayak in Bahía Angelito||At sea|
|Day 8||Explore Almirantazgo Sound||At sea|
|Day 9||Encounter sea elephants and anchor down at Parry Fjord||At sea|
|Day 10||Look for Magellan penguins||At sea|
|Day 11||End your sailing trip then go to Punta Arenas||Punta Arenas|
Day 1: Go Rafting on the Petrohué River
Fly into Puerto Montt from Santiago de Chile and get ready to begin your 12-day adventure. First up — rafting on the Petrohué River. This is one of the most beautiful rivers in the south, and the rapids are a fun Class 3. As you rush along the water through Vicente Perez Rosales National Park, you'll see the volcanoes of Osorno, Calbuco, and Puntiagudo along the way. Spend the night at your hotel in Puerto Varas.
Day 2: Visit the Lakes and Volcanoes of Vicente Perez Rosales National Park
After breakfast, head to one of the largest lakes in South America — Lake Llanquihue, and get to know Vicente Perez Rosales. It's the biggest and oldest national park in the country and it's home to Saltos del Petrohué, a waterfall created by 19th-century volcanic eruptions and ancient glaciers. Then visit Lake Todos Los Santos, which is known for its volcanic stone beaches and brilliant blue (and swimmable!) waters.
Later, visit Osorno volcano and its viewpoint that sits 9,843 feet above sea level. From there you can see right across the valley to Lake Llanquihue, the Petrohué River, Calbuco volcano, and Mount Tronador. Later, head back to the city of Puerto Varas for the night.
Day 3: Visit the Penguins on Chiloé Island
After breakfast, head to the island of Chiloé. As you take the ferry there across the Chacao Channel, look out for Chilean dolphins! They're some of the smallest in the world. The first stop on the island is Caulín Bay, where oysters are farmed and fishing is the main industry. Stop to eat delicious, fresh seafood here! Then, if it's the season, go look for the colony of penguins living in Puñihuil. It's the only place on the planet where Humboldt and Magellanic penguins nest next to each other. If there's time, also visit the pretty town of Castro where multi-colored buildings sit on stilts to withstand the high tide. Return to Puerto Varas for the night.
Day 4: Travel to Punta Arenas
This morning, catch a flight to Punta Arenas in the south to begin the next part of your adventure. You'll stay overnight in town, and there'll be time before and after dinner to see the town's mansions from the wool boom and its charming old houses.
Day 5: Travel through the Barbara Channel
Leaving your hotel after breakfast, drive out to Punta Carrera in the Fort Bulnes area to board your boat for the day. Time to sail the Strait of Magellan towards Isla Carlos III in Francisco Coloane Marine Park.
Day 6: Visit Helado Glacier and Rupert Islet around Carlos III Island
In the early morning, navigate through the Bárbara Channel towards Helado Glacier. Look out for whales as you go, and seabirds like skuas, petrels, and albatrosses overhead. During the night you'll continue sailing the Strait of Magellan towards De Agostini Sound.
Day 7: Visit Aguila Glacier and Kayak in Bahía Angelito
Sailing through the night, the boat will enter the Magdalena Channel and Kyats Fjord. Traveling into De Agostini Sound around dawn, you'll get your first glimpses of Aguila Glacier. Visit the glacier after breakfast, and maybe even do a bit of kayaking in Bahía Angelito! Around midday, the boat will head towards Serrano Glacier where you'll stay for the night.
Day 8: Explore Almirantazgo Sound and See Black-Browed Albatrosses
This morning, visit Vergara Glacier. Then head into the Gabriel Channel, a stunning narrow crossing that leads into Almirantazgo Sound. From here, head towards Azopardo Bay where you can see a colony of black-browed albatrosses. Set anchor at Parry Fjord for the night.
Day 9: Visit Sea Elephants and Anchor Down at Parry Fjord
What a day you're in for! Visit a colony of sea elephants in Jackson Bay, then a colony of albatrosses in the afternoon. Later on, set anchor at Parry Fjord to check out an amazing glacier surrounded by the high snowy peaks of the Darwin range.
Day 10: Visit Parry Fjord and Look for Magellan Penguins
Visit Tuckers Isle to look for an amazing variety of birdlife, including the Magellan penguin, cormorants, and skuas. Later, head towards Fitton Bay to see yet another epic glacier.
Day 11: Travel through the Gabriel Channel then Leave the Boat for Punta Arenas
Early in the morning, navigate through Gabriel Channel. Sadly, it's time to disembark from your boating adventure. Happily, you'll be heading back to charming Punta Arenas for the night.
Day 12: Departure
After breakfast at your accommodation, it's time to leave beautiful Punta Arenas for your flight to the Chilean capital of Santiago. From there, it's up to you! Maybe it's time to head back home, or maybe you can squeeze in a few days of exploring this lively capital?