Whales, penguins and glaciers
Cabo Froward, the Southernmost Point of the Continental World, Glaciers, Humpback Whales, Sei Whales, Austral Dolphins, Toninas Overas, Magellanic Penguins are part of the natural wonders of this Southern zone of the Strait of Magellan and Tierra del Fuego. In one of the most remote and pristine places on the planet. A full day excursion will make us feel nature in its most natural state. Leaving very early from our offices, we will travel by bus to Bahía Carrera 50 kilometers south of Punta Arenas, and then navigate: An unforgettable journey where we can enjoy a unique landscape surrounded by mountains, glaciers and forests of lengas and coihues. The marine life present in the area will not fail to surprise us because of its proximity and abundance: sea lions, petrels, cormorants, austral dolphins, albatrosses, etc. They will make us feel that here nature feels and lives. Our marine itinerary includes: Navigation from Bahía Carrera, Punta Santa Ana, where Fort Bulnes is located, San Isidro Lighthouse, Stop to leave passengers at the "Cabo Froward" lodge, Cape Froward, Cape Holland, Rupert Island, Paso Ingles, Paso Shag, Helado Sound and return to Bahía Carrera.
Price per person: USD$280
Vip Cabin USD$ 360
Normal Cabin USD$280
Schedule: de 4:30 a.m. a 18:00 p.m. (app).
Duration: de 12 a 14 hours
Child rate: children under 3 years do not pay, from 4 to 12 years pay 50% and over 13 pay regular rate.
Include: shared transportation, navigation, bilingual guide, coffee service, breakfast, lunch and snack.
Meeting Point: #1255 José Nogueira, Punta Arenas (Solo Expediciones office).
What to bring?: Warm and waterproof clothing.
Season: From 1st December to 31st March (december odd days, from january to march regular except Mondays)
Weather: Program subject to weather conditions.
04:00 a.m. Check in at Solo Expediciones office.
04:30 a.m. We go by bus 50 km south of Punta Arenas to take the navigation.
05:30 a.m. Boarding. We start the navigation through Magellan strait observing the amazing sunrise by Tierra del Fuego, Fuerte Bulnes, first settlement of Punta Arenas.
07:00 a.m. Crossing Froward Cape, last point of the American continental territory. We will admire beautiful landscapes, exuberant flora and big hanging glaciers from Darwin range.
08:30 a.m. – 14:00 p.m. Navigation across the Marine Park “Francisco Coloane”, we can see humpback whlales, Magellanic penguins, cormorants, skuas, petrels, albatrosses, sea lions, elephant seals and, on occasion, orcas groups. We will also visit the glaciers in the southernmost ice fields of America.
14:05 – 18:00 p.m. Arrival to Punta Arenas.
Policies and cancellations
1.- Weather conditions:
In case the weather conditions do not allow us to navigate, we have the option to reschedule for the next date, or the return of 100% of what was paid, please take this factor into account when booking.
2.- Policies and conditions:
A. Pre Trip Cancellation: If we can read that the weather conditions are bad some days before starting we will cancel the trip. In this case 100 % of your payment will be returned.
B. Cancellation during the Trip:
B.1) If we reach the embarking point, which is the End of the Panamerican highway at the end or beginning of south America main land. And during the way the conditions start getting worst and conditions prevent navigation, we will refund 80%, keeping 20 % to cover the transportation.
B.2) If the conditions give us the chance to set sail and reaching Cape Froward the conditions get worst, the captain will have the voice of our company to decide cancel, safeguarding the integrity of the passengers and come back to the embarking point.
In this situation the company will refund 50 % of the total price. To cover transportation and operational cost.
In this case we guarantee at least to reach Cape Froward, the beginning of the end of Americas main land. 53°, 17´43 S / 71° 17´43 W.
The ratio of sightings of cetaceans in the area of the Francisco Coloane Marine Park is high, although we can never ensure the sighting of animals, we can not forget that they are free and in their natural environment, and if they wish they can avoid getting close to our boat and therefore be detected.
By regulation of Sernapesca and the manual of good practices for marine operations of sighting of Marine Fauna, we in case of sighting a whale we can not approach less than 100 meters and the speed of the boat should be less than that of the animal or the of the slowest of the group. .