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WHALE WATCHING (3D-2N) (WW)
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  • 2-10 passengers USD$ 1.500
DEPARTURE DATES
From november 15 2017 until May 14 2018
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TRIP LEVEL
Moderate
TRIP LENGTH
3 Days/2 Nights
START / FINISH
Punta Arenas (PUQ), Chile 
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DISCOVERING TORRES DEL PAINE (5D/4N)

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Day 1: Navigation, history, whale watching and eco camp accommodation "Isla Carlos III "
8:00 a.m. pick up at your place of lodging. Transfer from Punta Arenas to the embarkation point, where we left the Transfer to board our vessel "TANU" with a length of 17 meters and a speed of 8-10 knots, capacity of 16 persons bay "Punta Carrera" 60km from Punta Arenas.
We sail for the Carlos III Island app for 7 hours (Depending on the climate factor) where we spend browsing several important points before reaching the Marine Park "Francisco Coloane" among them, Fort Bulnes, Mount Tarn, Faro San Isidro Cabo Froward.
1:00PM lunch or Snack on board, depending on weather conditions.
5:00PM we start entering the area of the marine park "Francisco Coloane" We will have the opportunity to make the first whale-watching that we find on the route to the island Carlos III to finally reach at our eco camp domes around 7:30PM.
Once in the camp of the island Carlos iii we will meet "John Capella" marine biologist at the University of Chile and lead scientist of our company. Juan is passionate about the subject and discovered this feeding are of the humpback whale over 13 years ago, his research is based on photo identification through the caudal fin with a unique pigmentation and also of the dorsal fin, collecting about 150 whales in our catalog with name and number for each individual, Juan is able to recognize them easily just by seeing their flukes and dorsal. 8:00PM we walk to the "observatory" located 280 meters away from the camp by a path of wooden walkways.
At 9:00PM return to the camp to have a comforting welcome dinner while the staff starts the fires in combustion heaters within their domes, to finish the day and recharge energy for the next day.
(8 to 10 hours navigation depending on weather conditions navigation) (L-D)

Day 2: Humpback whale watching, wildlife and glacier Santa Ines "Francisco Coloane Marine Park"
9:00 a.m. we sail for the feeding area of the humpback whale in the channel "Barbara" app 2 hours away from the camp, in the way we will observe different species of sea and land birds. We past on Rupert island to observe the colony of Magellanic penguins, the southern giant petrel- browed albatross, or Chilean Skuas robber, red head vulture. On land we can see the Chimango Caracara, Crested caracara and condor among others. At 1:00PM once inside the Barbara cannel we will serve lunch on board and we'll be exploring into the fjord, making the humpback whale-watching with Juan Capella to accompany us for photo identification of all individuals catch sight during the day along with sea lions, marine and terrestrial birds.
The humpback whales "Megaptera novaeangliae" visit us every year between the months of December and May, a record of each is carried through the technique of photo identification, we own a catalog of more than 160 individuals from 1991. There are two colonies of sea lions that inhabit the "Otaria flavescens" and "arctophoca Australis".
4:00PM we begin to move towards the glacier Santa Inés to enjoy a wonderful view of the glacier "Gregorio" into the fjord "Seno Helado" were we also can see nests of cormorants. At 5:00PM returned towards the Carlos III Island making a stop by Barbara channel for a new observation of humpback whales at sunset to end the day arriving at the eco camp at 7:30PM and have a farewell dinner with all staff.
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Day 3: Islote Rupert, Whale Watching, Navigation back to Punta Arenas
09:00 am – we sail around the islote Rupert, watching the Magellanic Penguin. This islote is located opposite to the island Carlos III. The latest population estimated in 2007, gave an amount close to 19,000 animals. Other marine birds seen in large numbers are the skuas, a colony of about 12,000 individuals.
10:00 am – We sail back to "Bay Punta Carrera"
6:00 pm (app 8 to 10 hours navigation depending on weather conditions)
7:30 p.m. Drop off at your accommodation
(B-L)

REGARDING THE SCHEDULE
The schedules indicated above are subject to change due to weather conditions or unexpected circumstances beyond our control, but we will try our best to keep them unaltered.

 
Carlos III Island Eco-Camp

The Eco- camp is a series of domes connected by wooden balconies. Each dome comfortably sleeps 2 people and has a window with a view to the ocean, on a still night you can hear the sounds of the sea and wildlife. Shared bathrooms are reached by one of the connecting balconies. In designing and building the campsite at Carlos III Island, Whalesound has utilized state of the art technology.

The Eco-camp has dramatically attempted to care for the site’s vulnerable conditions. In as much as present technology allows, the entire camp is founded on lumber gangplanks, terracing tents and circulation to avoid plants and soil destruction. Special nonpolluting energy production and waist treatment are also in place. The site’s scientific vocation is more than adequately combined with comfort and hospitality.


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INCLUDED
-2 nights at Whale Sound Eco Camp in Carlos III Island (double occupancy dome/tents)
- land and sea transportation.
- All meals and drinks.
- towels, sleeping bags and down duvets in all its domes.
- Bilingual guide
- scientific lectures
- Surprise Souvenir gift

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NOT INCLUDED
-Any additional night
-Medical expenses
-Insurance of any kind
-Personal expenses


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WEATHER

The weather in Patagonia in an important factor that must b e taken into account. The maximum temperature in summer is 20 C° and it drops to below 0° in winter. The windchill factor sometimes makes the ambient temperature drop 6 or 7 degrees. The temperature of the water is normally between 4 and 5 degrees Celsius.


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Whale Watching and Paine Big Circuit
 
Going on a Chile Nativo trip was a great way to see Patagonia at its best over a short period of time. Torres del Paine is an incredible location which we got the most out of thanks to our guides. I was particularly impressed with the whale watching - it was incredible how many whales we saw and how unafraid of humans they were. Overall I had a great time. Thanks very much for the experience!

 
Eithne Bradley
January 2015
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Torres del Paine and Whale Watching
 
The Whale Watching Adventure cruise was a particularly unique and special experience. It was the most remote, relaxing (and educational!) trip I’ve ever been on. We spent hours on the boat sailing through the remote straits of Magellan, slept in tents on one of a hundred or so uninhabited islands in Tierra del Fuego, and for three days did not see a single trace of another human! It was an incredibly special trip that brought us into the depths of nature. All proceeds of the trip go to fund the research operations of the group, and spending time with the scientists, learning about their research and the whales, was a truly special experience. It was a very remote trip, and we were perfect for it, but I wouldn’t recommend it to someone who wasn’t comfortable spending a lot of time on a boat in rough seas, or camping in remote locations. That said, it was the most amazing thing I’ve probably ever done!

 
Rebecca and Carolyn
March 2014
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