Arrive in Punta Arenas and transfer to your hotel. After check in, enjoy a half day Punta Arenas city tour. Discover the charm of this far city founded on the coast of the Strait of Magellan by pioneers who left a valuable and cultural heritage with traditions that still remain. Most of its descendants came from Croatia, Spain, Italy, Germany, England and Chiloé Island (Chile). Our tour will begin at Mirador hill which is a place where we can get a panoramic view Punta Arenas and the Strait of Magellan. From the top of it, we can also look around different architectural styles that surround the city.Then, we will leave the city to go to Nao Victoria museum where visitors can learn about ship replicas and how they are built.There are also ship collections such as the Nao Victoria, the James Caird and the Ancud schooner which were historical vessels that sailed along the Strait of Magellan. We can also find weapon replicas, navigation tools as well as old copies of documents and books related to these ships.Overnight at selected hotel.
This morning take a tour of Magdalena Island Penguins Navigation. We navigate through the Strait of Magellan to Magdalena and Marta Island. Magdalena Island hosts more than 150,000 penguins every year and Marta Island hosts around 1000 sea lions. Both islands form an interesting ecosystem, making them an obligatory visit for any visitor. Marta Island lodges more than 1000 Sea lions, Cormorants, Skuas, Austral seagull, Antartic pigeon and Sea elephants. Magdalena Island allows us to interact with one of the majors colonies of Magellan Penguins, going beyond the 150,000 birds. During the navigation it is possible to sight Austral Dolphins and OverasToninas (kind of dolphins).To protect wild life, Marta Island is only circumnavigated to admire and photograph the Colony and the diversity of marine birds that live there. However in Magdalena Island, it is possible to disembark for about one hour to walk and interact with the colony. Following the tour, transfer to your hotel in Puerto Natales for overnight. (B)
Today you may enjoy a day at leisure or take an optional full day tour to Torres Del Paine National Park. Early in the morning, depart from the hotel to visit the Torres del Paine National Park. The road is surrounded with dozens of lagoons covered with grasses and aquatic birds, contrasting with small hills where flocks of Guanacos pasture. Afterwards, the Nordenskjold Lake baths the mountainside of the Paine range with its emerald green coloring. The lake gives life to the impetuous Salto Grande, forming the quiet Pehoe Lake spilling its waters from the Nordenskjold Lake. Stop at Salto Grande for soft walking to admire the waterfall and Los Cuernos observation point, where you can see de Corns of the Paine, French Valley and Big Paine Mount. Later the journey continues skirting the Paine River until the Grey Lake by a surrounded road of vegetation and sharp hillsides. Stopping near Pingo River for one hour, you may walk through a delimited track, which crosses this river. Afterwards the sandy ground delimits the borders of the lake where millenary iceberg stuck on the edges can be seen. At the far end of the lake the outstanding Grey glacier that conforms a surrounded unbeatable landscape of hills, forests and part of the Paine Mountains.Return to hotel for overnight. (B)
Today take a full day navigation to the Balmaceda& Serrano Glaciers. On the road you will appreciate striking birds such as cormorants, sea lions on rocks and watching condors in areas of streams as it approaches the Balmaceda Mountain (2035 meters altitude) where you can appreciate the glacier of the same name. Then disembark at Puerto Toro to start a one hour walk around the shore of the lagoon “Tempanos”. Through a native forest of “coihues”, “ñirres” and “ciruelillos”, toward the Serrano glacier, you will enjoy the fascinating vegetation surrounding the imposing massif of ice.After witnessing a unique, wild and unspoiled landscape, you will complete the navigation anchoring in Puerto Natales. Overnight at your hotel. (B)
After breakfast, transfer from Puerto Natales to Punta Arenas airport. (B)