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ZODIAC ONE WAY
(Torres del Paine to Puerto Natales)
this exciting and fresh way to get from Torres del Paine to Puerto Natales 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 fast-speed zodiac that races along the river to the sector where Rio Serrano disperses into the Ultima Esperanza Fiord. The second sector is on board a catamaran that then navigates along the Ultima Esperanza Fiord to Puerto Natales.
We can build this into any Torres del Paine Itinerary we make for you as a way 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 Torres del Paine at 07:00hrs (or earlier depending on which hotel you are at) and transfer to the embarkation jetty located in front of Hotel del Paine on the banks of the Rio Serrano.
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 Puerto Natales.
After receiving some wet-weather gear and a life jacket you will board the zodiac boat and start your fast-speed adventure down the Rio Serrano passing by the forested banks of the Serrano river, and seeing fauna that happens to be eating, or watching and admiring the valley sides.
This part of the trip, which lasts about 1hr 30min, gets interesting as it approaches the delta where the Serrano hanging glacier can be seen on the right. Close 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.
The next phase of the trip involves boarding a catamaran for the navigation down the Sound of Last Hope (“Seno de Ultima Esperanza”). As the catamaran draws away you will be able to see the Balmaceda glacier (left of the Serrano 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.
As the navigation continues along the sound you will pass 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 the vertical from the sheer forces of nature. Along the way there ma be some cormorants to see and other birds to see.
After about 45min you will arrive to a Patagonian estancia. Here you will get off the catamaran and walk to a restaurant where a Patagonian barbecue will be served. After lunch you will get back on board the catamaran for the final navigation to Puerto Natales arriving around 17:00hrs, and transfer back to your hotel.
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