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Pumalin Park by Sea Kayak

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This sea kayaking adventure takes place in the heart of Pumalin Park, traveling along the beautiful Quintupeo and Cahuelmó fjords. Travelers will paddle between huge granite walls and waterfalls that plunge into the ocean and see plenty of austral dolphins, sea lions and endemic bird species. Visitors will also enjoy hot spring baths and walks to hidden lakes that very few have visited.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive Puerto Varas
Day 2 : Llancahue
Day 3 : Quintupeo Fjord
Day 4 : Cahuelmo Fjord
Day 5 : Back to Puerto Varas
Day 6 : Return home

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Day 1 Arrive Puerto Varas

Arrive to Puerto Montt and transfer to Puerto Varas. Enjoy this quaint town this afternoon on your own. In the evening, the group will assemble for a safety briefing with the guides.

Day 2 Llancahue

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Rising early depart by van along the Carretera Austral and cross the southern end of the Reloncavi Fjord by ferry. At Comau Fjord, you will launch your kayaks and paddle for about 2-3 hours in the relatively protected waters until you reach Llancahue Island and its hot springs. After a relaxing soak and local dinner return to the island's B&B for the night.

Day 3 Quintupeo Fjord

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After an early breakfast, you head towards the mainland, paddling towards the narrow entrance of Quintupeo Fjord. This day is a bit of a longer crossing into the heart of Pumalin Park. The fjord has huge granite walls and massive waterfalls that jump from the Andes to the sea. After a picnic lunch, maybe a shower under a waterfall, you gradually make your way to the camp site. Camp is set up at the end of the fjord and dinner is prepared for a relaxing evening.

Day 4 Cahuelmo Fjord

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, you paddle out of the Quintupeo Fjord into the cove of Cahuelmo, approximately 6 hours. Cahuelmo Fjord is a wonderful place with big mountains that rise from the sea and then go inland among narrow valleys. Keep an eye out for a colony of sea lions! At the end of the fjord the Pumalin Project area and the Cahuelmo hotsprings await you for a soak and view of the sunset. After dinner, set up your tent in the rain forest and say goodnight to another amazing day in Patagonia.

Day 5 Back to Puerto Varas

After a hearty breakfast, you have a short paddle to a local fisherman who will transport you back to the van transportation. From there you drive along the Reloncavi fjord on the scenic Austral Highway, arriving in Puerto Varas later in the evening.

Day 6 Return home

  • 1 Breakfast

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  • 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 3 Dinners
  • 5 Nights Accommodations
    • 2 Nights Hotel
    • 1 Night Lodge
    • 2 Nights Camping
  • 4 Days Guide Service
  • Gear Rental
    • Camping and kayaking gear included except sleeping bags
  • Park Entrance Fee


  • Both International Arrival and Departure Transfers are excluded.
  • International Flights
  • Sleeping Bags
    • Sleeping bag rental is available
  • Internal Flights
    • Santiago-Puerto Montt-Santiago


  • $80 Meals not Included
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Beyond expectations! Then again we weren't sure what to expect. Lovely stay at the lodge, met other like-minded travelers (many had their trips planned by Adventure Life) and the owner was a gracious hostess. It felt like you were one happy family, visiting with a favorite aunt.
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Typically not offered during this period because of weather conditions.

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