Puerto Natales

Serrano Glacier Full Day

For those of you who have a day, or more, to fill when staying in Puerto Natales, this is a great full day excursion to consider. It will involve navigating along the Fiord of Last Hope, being able to see beautiful Patagonian scenery, get close to a millennial glacier and enjoy an authentic Patagonian lunch.











End Sector of the Last Hope Fiord

Puerto Natales Serrano Glacier Full Day

Receding Balmaceda Glacier

Puerto Natales Serrano Glacier Full Day

Glacier Serrano Lagoon

Puerto Natales Serrano Glacier Full Day

Puerto Natales

Serrano Glacier Full Day

Operated between October to March

Subject to local weather conditions


Note: We offer this activity to be built into your main itinerary and not as a standalone.

Introduction to Puerto Natales Serrano Glacier Full Day

As a result of our arranging your accommodation in Puerto Natales, we will organize to collect you from your hotel at around 07:00hrs. However, this time depends on which hotel we have you booked in to. Above all, the transfer to the small port called Bories will only take five minutes to cover the 5km north from Natales center.


After embarkation the catamaran will navigate along the fiord called Sound of Last Hope (“Seno de Ultima Esperanza”). Moreover, the navigational route passes by amazing geographical evidence of previous ice-ages and unbelievable-looking layers of rock sediment. That is to say, that these layers of rock have been contorted from the horizontal, bent into u-shapes and / or turned vertical from the sheer forces of nature. In addition to amazing rock formations, along the way there may be some cormorants and other birds to see, as well as a waterfall. This part of the trip, which lasts about 2hrs, gets interesting as it approaches the end of the fiord where the hanging glaciers of Balmaceda and Serrano can be seen.

We all know that global warming is affecting the entire planet. Consequently, there is no surprise to see that the Balmaceda glacier has retreated considerably over the past decade. As a result, it has revealed an orange-colored, smooth rock surface that contrasts artistically with the blue hue of the glacier, and vivid green of the foliage either side. Therefore, although it is sad to see a retreating glacier, the combined natural colors of nature make for a wonderful picture. Talking of pictures, you will have photo opportunities everywhere you look. Therefore, please make sure you bring your camera or cel phone.

Glacier Serrano

Closer to the Serrano glacier the catamaran will dock, and passengers encouraged to disembark. Most importantly, everyone will be able to walk through a native wood to a small lagoon, whereupon the Serrano glacier comes down from the mountain and breaks off into icebergs that float in the water. Consequently, this is an impressive, as well as a pretty spectacle. Most importantly, the view of the glacier will be at close range, therefore this is also a great photo opportunity. Moreover, the catamaran staff capture some of the millennial ice to serve with whisky when you are back on board.

Return to Natales

After the trek through the woods to see the Serrano Glacier, so after about 1hr or so, passengers will board the waiting catamaran for the more serene navigation along the Fiord of Last Hope towards Puerto Natales. During this sector, millennial ice that the crew will have captured in the lagoon, will be served with whisky during the navigation. However, there will be stop at an estancia for a Patagonian lunch, and as a result of this you will enjoy a fine view of the beautiful, surrounding landscape. However, the lunch will be a Patagonian barbeque, meaning meat. Great for meat eaters, but, on the other hand, if you are a vegetarian, please mention this early on.

Once everyone has finished lunch and got back on board the navigation will continue to Puerto Natales, arriving around 17:00hrs. Thereafter, we will transfer you to your hotel.

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Puerto Natales

Serrano Glacier Full Day

Clothes to Bring

Patagonia is “raw”, “rugged” and also at “the end of the World”, sandwiched between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Consequently, those visiting need to be prepared for any type of weather. Therefore, please pack clothing that you can put on and take off as you get cold and get hot.

For example, if you are participating in a trek, you will likely get hot, but when standing around you will get cold. For this reason, bring warm hats, gloves, waterproof top and hiking boots, as well as a pair of sunglasses.


In this itinerary we include the transfer from your hotel in Puerto Natales (if you are not staying in the center of Puerto Natales)  to the Bories jetty.  And, of course, the catamaran navigation, lunch and onward transfer to your hotel in Puerto Natales.


Request here: request@experiencechile.org


What ExperienceChile.Org says about

Puerto Natales Serrano Glacier Full Day

Experience Chile always suggests to clients that they consider taking a night in Puerto Natales both pre and post their Torres del Paine itinerary. However, many people prefer to extend their Puerto Natales stay and ask what is there to do. Well, one of the options is this Serrano Glacier full day excursion. It will occupy the complete day, allow you to navigate along a fiord, see beautiful Patagonian scenery and get close to a glacier. In addition, you will receive an authentic Patagonia barbecue lunch (vegetarian options are available).

Note that we have been creating Torres del Paine W Trek itineraries and other Patagonian itineraries since 1996. We are based in Chile, English owned, and a leading receptive travel operator, covering in particular – Patagonia.


Send Your Enquiry to here: request@experiencechile.org

Please Send Us Your Enquiry

For the best service please supply us with as much information as you can. For example, where you want to go, what you want to do, what you want to experience and how much money you want to spend (or do not want to spend!).  How many people, what type of beds (matrimonial, twin, single etc.)


In the event that you are a VIP in any of the fields such as celebrity and/or political and/or business, and you need “special attention”. For example, privacy and/or security for your trip please use an alias in the enquiry but mention that you are VIP and one of the directors will handle your request and keep your real name and details confidential.


Ask us to handle ALL of your South America, or Chile trip and we WILL include some items for free or at special lower-than-public rates. How much we can offer you depends on how much we can arrange and book for you. REQUEST@EXPERIENCECHILE.ORG

Remember, our specialty is to create a travel itinerary custom-built to your needs.

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