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TRIP LEVEL
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4 Days / 3 Nights
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Puerto Natales (PNT), Chile 
Puerto Natales (PNT), Chile 
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Day 1 PUERTO NATALES - SERRANO VILLAGE Private transportation will be provided from your hotel to the shores of Grey Lake, located in Torres del Paine National Park. The journey will carry you 110 km north or Puerto Natales via the new road, which provides southern access to the park. Before beginning the adventure on the river, we will take time to enjoy a snack while admiring the beautiful wilderness that surrounds Grey Lake. While enjoying the view of Paine Grande and Glacier Grey, our guide will give a brief explanation of safety and instructions for paddling efficiently. You will navigate the lake and river for approximately 1.5 hours, all the while paddling through floes of ice that have descended from Glacier Grey. These icebergs are scattered throughout the lake and are sculpted into incredible shapes by the wind and sun, before being pushed to the shores of the lake. After paddling in Grey Lake, we will begin the descent of Grey River. The river serpents through deep canyons with steep rock faces, creating sections of rapids that are exciting and entertaining. We will continue to paddle next to the Paine Massif for 25 km, the length of River Grey until it joins with the clear water of the Serrano River. After paddling for 3-4 hours, the adventure comes to an end at Serrano Village, where we will provide you with a lunch box.
(2 hours private transfer from Puerto Natales, 5 hours paddling) (BL-D) (Night by tent)

Day 2 SERRANO RIVER - TYNDALL RIVER We will load the kayaks and make last preparations for the day. Our guide will give us a brief explanation of safety and instructions for paddling efficiently. During the navigation, we will have an amazing view of the magnificent Paine Massif. Once we get to the Serrano waterfall, we will carry the Kayaks for about 50 mt. to avoid it. We´ll keep paddling through the Serrano River, until we reach the mouth of Tyndall river which we´ll paddle upstream (4 Km.) until we find our campsite. The day ends with an incredible view of Geike Range and Tyndall Glacier which are part of the Patagonian Ice Fields.
(6 hours paddling) (B-BL-D) (Night by tent)

Day 3 TYNDALL RIVER - ULTIMA ESPERANZA FJORD In the morning we will paddle up Tyndall River till we get to Tyndall Lake and cross it. (4 km.) We’ll have the possibility to get closer to the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, or to get out of the kayaks on a small bay, to see the Glacier from another perspective. On the way back we´ll go down Tyndall River, and we´ll keep navigating the Serrano River. We’ll get closer to the Balmaceda mountain where the river ends and the Ultima Esperanza Fjord is born. These are the same waters in which Juan Ladrilleros intensely sought an outlet to the Atlantic in 1558. From this point we will discover the beautiful Serrano Glacier that hangs from the top of the Mountain.
(6 hours paddling) (B-BL-D) (Night by tent)

Day 4 SERRANO LAGOON - PUERTO NATALES After a nice breakfast, we will carry the Kayaks for about 30m to the Serrano Lagoon (where the Serrano Glacier ends) Here we’ll paddle between the blue Icebergs that brake from the front of the enormous Glacier.* At noon we’ll take a boat back to Puerto Natales, through the Ultima Esperanza Fjord. At around 14:30 we´ll make a stop at Perales Ranch, for a traditional Patagonian Lamb Barbecue. We´ll arrive to Puerto Natales at 18:00 hrs.
(2-3 hours paddling, 3 hours by boat) (B-BBQ)

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

 
Camping Chile Nativo

Our clients sleep in 4-season tents, North Face VE 25 (3 person capacity) or similar, based on twin-share occupancy. We use a Mountain Hardwear domo-dining tent when the group is over 6 passengers and only in certain areas.


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INCLUDED
-Private transportation from and back to Puerto Natales .
-Accident Insurance for each participant by: www.taker.cl
-Certified Local Guides:
Level II by: www.skgabc.com
Level III by: www.americancanoe.org
-Wilderness First Responder by: www.easpa.com.ar
-Double Kayaks (HTP, PriLite, Laminated Kayaks) by www.prijon.de
-Kayak Equipment: Neoprene Wetsuit (3 mm), Paddling Jacket with hood, Life Jackets, Paddler’s Gloves, Wet-shoe 4 mm. Neoprene, Wet-socks 2mm. Neoprene, Sprayskirt 4mm. Neoprene Deck, Dry Bags, Compact / Waterproof Camera Case.
-Safety Equipment: Pomp – Tow Line – VHF Radio Communications – Satellite Communications - First Aid Kit – Hypothermia Kits
-Food Supply (Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)
-Camping Equipment (Tents by Mountain Hardwear – Sleeping Bags - Self-inflating Mattress by Thermarest)
-Cooking Equipment: (Gas Stove – Dishes by MSR)
-Campsite Fees
-Bernardo O’Higgins National Park Fee
-Boat Navigation along Ultima Esperanza Fjord (Clients & Kayaks) (BBQ Lunch included)

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NOT INCLUDED
-Any additional nights
-Medical expenses
-Personal expenses
-Entrance fee to Torres del Paine NP
-Gratuities for Guide
-Alcoholics and non alcoholics drinks at Estancia Perales
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WEATHER IN PATAGONIA

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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Family Trekking and Kayaking Adventure in Torres del Paine
 
Chile Nativo provided excellent guides and service (Lucas for the Classic Full Circuit Trek, and Chappa for the kayaking). I would say that the enjoyment of the activities is certainly dependent on previous experience and weather and is not straightforward if the former is limited and the latter is bad. Mike and I managed to capsize our kayak in front of the Serrano Glacier in a gust of wind and, whilst all ended well and we considered it an exhilarating experience, that might not have been the case if our children had both been as inexperienced as us and also capsized!

 
Doris and familiy
January 2014
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“Kayaking Rio Serrano Through Torres del Paine is Awesome!”
 
I did one of the coolest trips of my life in early 2011. It was a 4-day combo kayaking/horseback riding trip through two National Parks and some of the most beautiful scenery that I have ever seen. Starting up in Torres del Paine National Park, we started down Rio Serrano with two tandem kayak teams. Day 1 took us to Lago Tyndall and Glaciar Tyndall, where we camped on a tributary. Day two we continued kayaking down to a completely secluded gaucho ranch that is nestled between the two national parks. Day three was a full day of horseback riding out to Lago Geike and Glaciar Geike, the absolute coolest glacial lake I have ever seen (crazy blue icebergs floating around, ice falls soundin goff in the distance on the glacer... super cool)! Day 4 we jumped back in the kayaks and went all the way to the end of the river at the Gulf where Glaciar Serrano dominates the view. Then we got picked up by a cruise ship and enjoyed Johnny Walker on the rocks (glacier ice "rocks" that is!) while cruising back to Natales in high style. No doubt one of the best trips I have ever done. The guides were awesome. The scenery was incredible. The food and amenities were excellent too. Everything was provided by the company in the package. All around 5 stars! Highly recommended.

 
Scott
February 2011
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