3 Days from$1500 p/p in USD
DeparturesJan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Dec
A small vessel voyage into an isolated corner of Patagonia’s fjords, accompanied by marine biologists who can identify the humpbacks by their tail and dorsal fins. You’ll be almost alone among large groups of whales feeding and breaching. At night you’ll stay at the researchers’ eco camp on a tiny island in the wilderness.
Safari types:Birding Safari, Cruise Safari, Whale Safari
Start/end:Start/end in Punta Arenas
- See humpback whales in the Barbara Channel
- View Santa Ines Glacier
- Spend 2 nights in a dome at an eco-camp in the heart of the marine reserve
RATES – USD / GBP PER PERSON
From USD 1,500 / GBP 1,156 per person
- Land & sea transportation
- All meals and drinks
- Towels, sleeping bags & down duvets
- Bilingual guide
- Scientific lectures
- Personal equipment
Day by Day Overview
Transfer from Punta Arenas to the embarkation point “Bay Punta Carrera”, where we begin our navigation through the Magellan Strait. We sail for the Carlos III island for 8-10 hours (depending on climate factor) browsing several important points before reaching the Marine Park Francisco Coloano among them, Fort Bulnes, Faro San Isidro, Mount Tarn, Bahia el Aguila, Cabo Froward. At 6.30pm you will have the opportunity for some whale watching en route to the Island Carlos III, reaching the camp at 7.30pm where you will be welcomed by a cocktail. We walk to the observatory where there will be a scientific talk and introduction to whale watching before returning to camp for dinner.
We have breakfast at the camp before sailing to the Francisco Coloane Marine Park. We will have 8-10 hours of exploration in the canals and islands. You will have the opportunity to observe different species of sea and land birds, including the Chilean Skua Robber, Black-Browed Albatross and the Giant Petrel. We will explore the fjords, whale watching with biologist Juan Capella who will accompany us for photo identification of individuals along with sea lions, and marine & terrestrial birds. At 7.30pm we return back to the Carlos III Island, making a final stop in the Barbara Channel to watch humpbacks an the end of the day before a farewell dinner at camp.
This morning we sail around Rupert Island where we can observe a large colony of Magellanic Penguins. We then begin our navigation back to Punta Carrera (approx 8-10 hours dependant on weather conditions) where a transfer will be waiting to take you to your accommodation.