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Serrano Glacier Full Day
(Puerto Natales to TDP to Natales)
WE OFFER: this exciting and fresh way to get from Puerto Natales to Torres del Paine as a full-day excursion that serves as a unique transfer service at the same time. The trip can be divided into two parts. One part is on board a catamaran, which, at times, can feel as though it is overcrowded, only because it caters for a large number of passengers, and the other is the much smaller and personal fast-speed zodiac boats that race up river. We can arrange for a rent a car to be dropped at the end of the trip in TDP too. We can build this into any Torres del Paine Itinerary we make for you as a way in or out of Torres del Paine as art of the rest of your itinerary we are arranging, but we do not offer this trip as a standalone.
Pick-up from your hotel in Puerto Natales at 07:30hrs and transfer to the small port called Bories, only five minutes (5km) north from Natales centre. Here you will pass your main luggage to a crew member and the next time you will see it will be when you arrive to sector Serrano in Torres del Paine. After embarkation the catamaran will navigate along the fiord called Sound of Last Hope (“Seno de Ultima Esperanza”) passes by amazing geographical evidence of previous ice-ages and unbelievably-looking layers of rock sediment that have been contorted from the horizontal, bent into a u-shapes and / or turned vertical from the sheer forces of nature. Along the way there ma be some cormorants to see and other birds.
This part of the trip, which lasts about 1.5hrs, gets interesting as it approaches the end of the fiord where the hanging glaciers of Balmaceda and Serrano can be seen. The Balmaceda glacier having retreated considerably over the past decade to reveal an orange-coloured, smooth rock surface that contrasts artistically with the blue hue of the glacier and vivid green of the foliage either side. Closer to the Serrano glacier the catamaran will dock and passengers will disembark to be able to walk through the wood to a small lagoon whereupon the Serrano glacier comes down from the mountain and breaks off into icebergs that float in the lagoon. It is an impressive and pretty spectacle.
Passengers on the return trip will get back on board the boat and navigate back down the fiord towards Puerto Natales, but stop off at an Estancia. Here you will disembark and walk to a dining room for a Patagonian Barbecue lunch.
After lunch passengers will get back on board for the final navigation back to Puerto Natales, arriving around 17:00hrs.
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