"Chilean Patagonia" is one of our pre programmes, which allows you to stay even longer in your favourite destinations before sailing with Hurtigruten. This tour lets you explore the lakes, glaciers and snow-covered mountains of Chilean Patagonia with Puerto Natales as a base, starting in Santiago and ending at the pier in Punta Arenas:
Day 1: Santiago/Punta Arenas/Puerto Natales
Start the tour with a morning transfer from your hotel to the airport and a flight to Punta Arenas followed by an approximately 3 hours long drive (incl. lunch box) through Patagonia's rugged steppe with chance to see Magellan ostriches, birds and of course sheep - and with a little luck some lonely condor tracing circles in the sky. Be welcomed at your hotel in Puerto Natales. The rest of the day is spent at your leisure followed by dinner and overnight.
Day 2: Puerto Natales/Torres del Paine
An early start takes you on a full-day excursion to Torres del Paine National park, a UNESCO World Heritage biosphere. See herds of sheep and native guanacos and notice the rugged snow-capped Torres del Paine mountains towering in the background. We visit Torres del Paine from one extreme end to the other by van, passing different lookout points. At lake Grey you can see huge icebergs along the shore and even the Glacier Grey in the distance. Return to Puerto Natales in the evening for dinner and overnight.
Day 3: Puerto Natales /Ultima Esperanza fjord
A three-hour catamaran cruise from Puerto Natales to Ultima Esperanza Fjord takes you through stunning Patagonian scenery to the 1,000 year-old Balmaceda glacier, home to cormorants and sea lions. A short walk takes you to the foot of the Serrano Glacier, surrounded by snow-capped peaks and walls of ice. We then return to Puerto Natales, where the rest of the day is at your leisure. Dinner and overnight.
Day 4: Puerto Natales/Punta Arenas
Enjoy the landscape passing by during your transfer back to the pier in Punta Arenas.
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