Travel to the end of the world staying at Lakutaia Lodge in Puerto Williams, Chile.

Explore Navarino Island, sandwiched between Tierra del Fuego and the Beagle Channel to the north and Cape Horn to the south.

This adventure takes you to the world’s end.

 

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A choice of treks, horse rides and mountain bike are also part of the package.

Fly from Punta Arenas in Chile, or cross the Beagle Channel by boat from Ushuaia, Argentina, to get there.

Transportation to and from Punta Arenas and/or Ushuaia are included in the price.

There are also options for shorter or longer stays or itineraries specially tailored to requested activities.



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  • Lakutaia lodge in Puerto Williams.

  • Travel to the end of the world.

  • Hikes, bike and horse rides all available on this remote outpost.

  • Amazing wildlife encounters.

Thank you so much for organising a memorable trip full of big horizons.

Ina and Roland

Full Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Puerto Williams, Lakutaia Lodge (L,D)

Arrive in Puerto Williams after a flight from Punta Arenas or a boat crossing of the Beagle Channel from Ushuaia to Puerto Navarino and land transfer to Puerto Williams.

 

Overnight at the lodge and time permitting choice of included excursion.

Day 2: Choice of excursion, Lakutaia Lodge (B,L,D)

Breakfast at the Lodge.

Choice of included excursions.

Included excursions:

 

Omora Ethno-Botanical Park, easy,  2.5 to 3 hours

This excursion will lead you to discover the wonders of the Miniature Forests of Cape Horn Archipelago, through a so-called “Tourism with Hand Lens”. This is an
educational activity sponsored by Omora Foundation. A bio-cultural conservation initiative started by the local communities living in the last Sub-Antarctic forests, as
well as the active commitment of the Yagan community living in Puerto Williams.
Omora Park is located 3 kilometers (2 miles) west of Puerto Williams. Within the park the main habitats of the region are found: coigüe, lenga and ñirre forests, sphagnum peatlands, beaver wetlands and alpine areas. During the excursion you will be assisted by a specialized tour guide.
The trails have signs that describe the biological and cultural features of the island in Spanish, Yagan, English and Latin-scientific languages. The park is an Omora foundation project, a non-governmental organization dedicated to bio-cultural conservation at the southernmost tip of South America, named after the Yagan word for hummingbird.

 

Hiking to Los Bronces Waterfall, easy to moderate, 2.5 to 3 hours

Enjoy a hike along the Los Bronces River. You will walk up through forests of lenga and calafate bushes on Cerro Róbalo finishing at the Los Bronces Waterfall.  Snack and time to enjoy the view.
At agreed time, hike down the hill to continue along the coast, enjoying the Beagle Channel landscape back to the lodge.

 

Puerto Williams City Tour, easy, 2 hours

Visit Puerto Williams, the southernmost town in the world, named after Juan Williams, the founder of Fort Bulnes. Puerto Williams is the most populated area of  Navarino Island, located at the end of the American continent,
opposite the southern coast of Tierra del Fuego and north of Cape Horn.
Puerto Williams currently has a population of 2,500  inhabitants. You will visit the Marina Micalvi pier, mooring  site of ocean faring sailboats and the Martín Gusinde Museum detailing the history of the Yagan indigenous peoples. Gusinde was a world famous anthropologist and priest of the Order of the Divine Word that worked with Yagan and Ona communities from 1918 to 1923.
*** The museum is closed on Mondays. Saturdays and Sundays open in the afternoons only.

 

Kayaking on the Beagle Channel, easy to moderate, 2.5 to 3 hours

Enjoy a unique kayaking adventure on waters off the Beagle Channel. Paddle along the Lauta and Micalvi Sounds passing by the nesting sites of thousands of seagulls and several species of geese. You will then paddle by the fishing cove and Marina Micalvi pier.
Full equipment included (wet suit, gloves, ankle boots, waterproof protector, life vest), snack and a certified expedition guide.

Hike to Punta Gusanos, easy, 2 hours

Brief transfer to the starting point of the hike. This excursion borders the peninsula at the north end of Puerto Williams Bay, offering views of Puerto Williams and the Beagle Channel.
This narrow piece of land at the end of the peninsula is the nesting site for thousands of Dominican and Austral seagulls, Pilpilen, and many geese species.
Note: Nesting and breeding takes place from mid  November
to early March.

 

Horse riding, easy, 2 hours

Horse ride for 2 hours or longer though sub-Antarctic woods and bordering the Beagle Channel.

Overnight,  lunch and dinner at the lodge.

Day 3: Choice of excursion, Lakutaia Lodge (B,L,D)

Breakfast at the hotel.

Choice of included excursions.

Included excursions:

 

Omora Ethno-Botanical Park, easy,  2.5 to 3 hours

This excursion will lead you to discover the wonders of the Miniature Forests of Cape Horn Archipelago, through a so-called “Tourism with Hand Lens”. This is an
educational activity sponsored by Omora Foundation. A bio-cultural conservation initiative started by the local communities living in the last Sub-Antarctic forests, as
well as the active commitment of the Yagan community living in Puerto Williams.
Omora Park is located 3 kilometers (2 miles) west of Puerto Williams. Within the park the main habitats of the region are found: coigüe, lenga and ñirre forests, sphagnum peatlands, beaver wetlands and alpine areas. During the excursion you will be assisted by a specialized tour guide.
The trails have signs that describe the biological and cultural features of the island in Spanish, Yagan, English and Latin-scientific languages. The park is an Omora foundation project, a non-governmental organization dedicated to bio-cultural conservation at the southernmost tip of South America, named after the Yagan word for hummingbird.

 

Hiking to Los Bronces Waterfall, easy to moderate, 2.5 to 3 hours

Enjoy a hike along the Los Bronces River. You will walk up through forests of lenga and calafate bushes on Cerro Róbalo finishing at the Los Bronces Waterfall.  Snack and time to enjoy the view.
At agreed time, hike down the hill to continue along the coast, enjoying the Beagle Channel landscape back to the lodge.

 

Puerto Williams City Tour, easy, 2 hours

Visit Puerto Williams, the southernmost town in the world, named after Juan Williams, the founder of Fort Bulnes. Puerto Williams is the most populated area of  Navarino Island, located at the end of the American continent,
opposite the southern coast of Tierra del Fuego and north of Cape Horn.
Puerto Williams currently has a population of 2,500  inhabitants. You will visit the Marina Micalvi pier, mooring  site of ocean faring sailboats and the Martín Gusinde Museum detailing the history of the Yagan indigenous peoples. Gusinde was a world famous anthropologist and priest of the Order of the Divine Word that worked with Yagan and Ona communities from 1918 to 1923.
*** The museum is closed on Mondays. Saturdays and Sundays open in the afternoons only.

 

Kayaking on the Beagle Channel, easy to moderate, 2.5 to 3 hours

Enjoy a unique kayaking adventure on waters off the Beagle Channel. Paddle along the Lauta and Micalvi Sounds passing by the nesting sites of thousands of seagulls and several species of geese. You will then paddle by the fishing cove and Marina Micalvi pier.
Full equipment included (wet suit, gloves, ankle boots, waterproof protector, life vest), snack and a certified expedition guide.

Hike to Punta Gusanos, easy, 2 hours

Brief transfer to the starting point of the hike. This excursion borders the peninsula at the north end of Puerto Williams Bay, offering views of Puerto Williams and the Beagle Channel.
This narrow piece of land at the end of the peninsula is the nesting site for thousands of Dominican and Austral seagulls, Pilpilen, and many geese species.
Note: Nesting and breeding takes place from mid  November
to early March.

 

Horse riding, easy, 2 hours

Horse ride for 2 hours or longer though sub-Antarctic woods and bordering the Beagle Channel.

Overnight,  lunch and dinner at the lodge.

Day 4: Visit Puerto Williams, depart for Punta Arenas or Ushuaia (B)

Breakfast at the Lodge.

 

At an agreed time, transfers to the airport or the wharf in time to board your flight back to Punta Arenas or your boat to Ushuaia.


Prices From $1,656 / £1,404 per person

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What's Included?

Airline ticket to/from Puerto Williams from Punta Arenas or sailing to/from Ushuaia, all activities mentioned in the program, transfer in/out in Puerto Williams, English speaking guide, full board (wine included).

What's Not Included?

Alcoholic beverages, phone calls, laundry, tips, port tax if the program starts in Ushuaia, services not mentioned in the itinerary.


Accommodation

Comfortable 24-bedroom lodge, all rooms with heating and ensuite bathroom.

There are no interconnecting rooms, and one room is adapted for accessibility.

Wifi in common areas only. Internet in this part of the world can be slow and intermittent.

There is a restaurant plus a library/map room.

Tour Staff

Guides are bilingual, English-speaking experts with many years’ experience of trekking in the area.


Meals

Almost all dietary requirements can be catered for – please get in touch. Note that the Lodge needs at least 15 days’ notice for some dietary requirements.

All meals are served at the lodge’s restaurant. Chefs draw on local ingredients and recipes as well as international flavours to provide tasty food.

Activity Level

This trip is open to people of all ages an abilities as itineraries can be tailored to your requirements.

You can be as active or relaxed as you like. There is no high altitude to worry about.

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Practical Information

Introduction to Patagonia

For most people, Patagonia evokes a vast, windblown plateau, jagged mountains and the life of the gauchos.

The steppe that occupies much of southern South America is only one aspect of a magical region, jam-packed with amazing and contrasting landscapes.

Patagonia (latitudes 40°-55°, approximately) embraces a vast portion of southern Chile and Argentina, from the Rio Colorado in the north, to Tierra del Fuego in the south.

For convenience, we have divided the region into three zones: the Lakes District of northern Patagonian, central Patagonia and southern Patagonia.

Geography of Patagonia

Southern Patagonia (latitudes 49° to 55°), encompassing the southern Andes of Chile and Argentina plus Tierra del Fuego, has an altogether more vertical aspect than the rest of Patagonia.

As the continent tapers towards its southern point, the Andes take on new characteristics and offer some truly impressive panoramas.

Much of southern Patagonia is characterized by virgin landscapes where man’s hand has either not been present or, because of the scale of the landscapes, goes almost unnoticed. To the west of the semi-arid Patagonian plateau, mile-high granite spires – e.g. Cerro Torre and Fitzroy in Argentina and the Torres and Cuernos del Paine in Chile – rise abruptly from the Andean foothills, while vast blue glaciers, fringed by southern beech forest, gouge out thevalleys below.

At the heart of these magnificent landscapes lies the South Patagonian Ice Field, an utterly remote icy wilderness spanning hundreds of kilometers, whose glaciers – including the Perito Moreno and Upsala – are tens of kilometres long by severalkilometers wide.

Also characteristic of the southern Patagonian Andes are its turquoise, iceberg-filled lakes. To the west lies the southern portion of the Chilean Archipelago, comprising snow-capped islands and fjords.

Across the Magellan Straits from mainland Patagonia lies Tierra del Fuego which, like the rest of Patagonia, is divided between Argentina and Chile.

The north and east of Tierra del Fuego is flat, but flanking the Beagle Channel in the south, the tail end of the Andes provide very dramatic mountain scenery.

 

The Lake District (latitudes 40° to 45°) or the Araucania, is a region of dramatic conical volcanoes, evergreen, high-canopy forests and, of course, lakes.

It straddles the Chile-Argentine border, and also takes in Chiloe island, in the extreme north of the Chilean Archipelago. This region stretches from Temuco in the north to Chiloe in the south.

 

Central Patagonia (latitudes 45 to 49) is one of South America’s best-kept secrets. The vast wilderness area can be divided in two:

  • The dry band of Andean foothills and wind-blown plateau lying on the Argentine side of the Andes. This remote area is traversed north to south by a gravel highway known as the Ruta Cuarenta (Highway 40).
  • The Chilean portion to the west of the Andean watershed, often referred to as the Careterra Austral (after the little-used gravel highway that crosses it from north to south).

This huge region, embracing the sparsely-inhabited southern Araucaria and Aisén Region, features temperate rainforests, snow-peaks (often extinct volcanoes), lakes and, to the west, the Chilean Archipelago: a labyrinth of fjords and mountain-islands. This, the Chilean portion of central Patagonia, boasts the northernmost of Patagonia’s many giant, sea-level glaciers.

The San Raphael Glacier, probably this region’s most famous landmark, is an immense hanging glacier whose seracs calve into an iceberg-filled lagoon.

 

Find out more about Patagonia with our blog about its wildlife.

Weather

Chilean Patagonia, in the south of the country, has a climate with lower temperatures compared to the rest of Chile.

 

Lake District and Patagonia

It can be better to go in the Austral summer (Oct-March). Daylight hours are much longer at this time, with Nov-Feb being popular times to visit. October and March can be very colourful and vivid with less visitors, but weather can be more blustery.

In Patagonia, the weather is, putting it mildly, variable, and variable on a daily basis. It is usually cool and windy all year round but seldom does the temperature fall below freezing point. Some days start with snow and end in balmy sunshine. It is always interesting, and can range from 10°C-20°C in the summer, although the wind can make it feel chilly.

The vast unbroken stretch of ocean to the west and south of the South American continent leaves the Patagonian Andes very exposed to the saturated winds that circle the Antarctic landmass. Also the South Patagonia Ice field influence makes the weather hard to predict. In spring or early summer fine weather may deteriorate almost without warning, bringing rains and eventually snow. Even in summer (Dec-Mar) you should come prepared to find cold, strong winds (up to 130 km/hr) and rainfalls. The summer’s average temperature is 11ºC/52ºF (24ºC max, 2ºC min).

Winter visits to these southern areas are possible, but many hotels close and not all trips are possible. Daylight hours can be very short, but the lack of visitors can greatly improve chances of seeing wildlife in parks such as Paine.

The Lake District’s temperate climate can be said to resemble that of the UK, with rain possible but also enjoying long spells of fine, fresh weather in the summer (Oct-March).

Kit list

Good kit is vital for every trip.

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Overview

When planning for the varied climatic conditions encountered in Paine, layering is the most practical and versatile clothing system.  It’s worth remembering that our clothing keeps us warm by retaining and isolating the heat we ourselves create.

To best maintain body heat, several layers of lightweight, warm and quick-drying clothing are far more efficient than one or two thick layers. Layers should have the following qualities:

 

  1. Breathability (able to wick away the humidity produced by sweat):
  2. Isolation (able to keep in the warm air our body produces); and
  3. Impermeability (able to impede the passing of wind and water).

 

First (base) layer: This layer wicks the sweat away from our skin, thus helping keep the body dry and warm. To this end, synthetic fabrics such as polypropylene should be used.

Mid layers: These isolating layers should also be synthetic (e.g. the known polar linings such as polartec or windblock, which are light and insulate twice as well as wool). Very important layers for retaining body heat.

Outer layer / shell: Finally, the vital layer which protects us from climatic adversities. A breathable, wind-proof and waterproof anorak, such as Goretex.

Give plenty of thought to kit selection, and try to keep weight down.

We also carry an extensive first aid kit & oxygen on all trips, but these are generally for emergencies only.

 

Below is a more detailed kit list.

 

Detailed kit list

  • 2 pairs synthetic inner socks (e.g. polypropylene, thermastat, coolmax) and 2 pairs thick loop-stitch/wool socks for cold.
  • Trekking boots – should be well broken-in, waterproof and provide good ankle support.
  • Trainers/sandals for city-wear, evenings at lower camps & river crossings.
  • Base layer leggings (1 pair).
  • Thick fleece leggings (or salopettes) (1 pair).
  • Goretex-type over-trousers (or salopettes) (1 pair).
  • Gaiters (optional).
  • Trekking trousers (2 pairs).
  • Shorts – wear sparingly in early stages at altitude, as sun burns.
  • Thermal base layer shirts (2).
  • Microfleece mid-layer shirt (1).
  • Shirt/t-shirt 1 or 2 for lower altitudes. Long-sleeved, collared shirt protects against sun
  • Fleece jacket or similar (1).
  • Warm jacket (down or synthetic). For camp and upper slopes.
  • Waterproof Goretex-type jacket.
  • Broad-brimmed sunhat, essential.
  • Warm hat, fleece or wool. (N.B. Up to 30% of body heat can be lost through the head).
  • Sunglasses with UV filter.
  • Scarf for cold.
  • Bandanna – to protect neck from strong sun.
  • Light inner gloves.
  • Swimming suit of hotel has a pool.
  • Warm gloves, e.g. fleece, and outer waterproof gloves or mittens (1 pair)
  • Mittens allow you to keep the fingers together, and better conserve heat (though they also make it difficult to perform certain tasks).
  • Daypack (at least 30 litres). Comfortable and with waterproof lining or cover.
  • Large rucksack or suitcase.
  • Pair of telescopic trekking poles (optional).
  • Water bottle (2 litres approx.) & purification tablets.
  • Personal first-aid kit to include: painkillers, plasters (band-aids), moleskin, anti-biotic cream, general antibiotics (ask your GP), after-bite (tiger balm), anti-diarrhoea tablets, throat lozenges, re-hydration salts & personal medication.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Towel & wash-kit.
  • Wet Wipes/antiseptic hand-wash cream.
  • Toilet paper (1)
  • Sunscreen (factor 30+) and lip salve.
  • Head-lamp (plus spare bulb and batteries).
  • Penknife.
  • Travel alarm clock.
  • Plastic bags – ‘Zip-loc’ & tough bin liners.
  • Camera and film / memory cards (take at least twice the amount you think you will need!).
  • Book, e-book, mp3 player/ipod or other for free time.
  • Binoculars.
  • Spanish/English phrasebook.
  • Extra snacks i.e. cereal bars or favourite chocolate bars.

 

 

Miscellaneous others

  • Money belt.
  • Passport.
  • U.S. dollars cash, mixed-denomination notes, undamaged and unmarked.
  • ATM cash/credit card.
  • Any inoculation certificates.
  • Personal & medical insurance certificates.
  • Presents e.g. Postcards from home.
  • Comfortable clothes for travel, smart clothes for night life.

ATOL holiday protection

Andean Trails has two decades of experience of dealing with South America holidays.

We pay a fee to the CAA for every licensable passenger we book since we hold an Air Travel Organiser’s Licence granted by the Civil Aviation Authority. In the unlikely event of our insolvency, the CAA will ensure that you are not stranded abroad and will arrange to refund any money you have paid to us for an advance booking.

We also offer ATOL (Civil Aviation Authority) protected holidays to give our customers peace of mind when booking and travelling.

When you buy an ATOL protected air holiday package from Andean Trails Ltd you will receive a Confirmation Invoice from us confirming your arrangements and your protection under our Air Travel Organiser’s Licence number 6275.

You can read more about ATOL, who is covered and what protections you have if not ATOL-covered, on our ATOL page.

 

What is ATOL?

The CAA’s ATOL scheme offers protection to your money and your holiday if you book with us. Not everybody is covered (see ‘Who is covered?’ for more), as you must purchase an ‘air package holiday’ with Andean Trails to be protected.

And  ‘air package holiday’ is defined as including a flight and some ground services (hotel, transfer, trek etc). This is also known as an ‘ATOL-protected holiday’.

 

Who is covered?

To be covered by ATOL, you must book a flight and some ground services with us and be from the UK. If you are from the UK and only book ground services and no flights, you are not covered by ATOL (see below for more on how non-ATOL clients are covered).

If you are outside the UK and buy flights with us, you will be ATOL protected IF any of the flights booked with Andean Trails touches/stops in the UK at any point during your holiday package booked with us.

If you buy your flights elsewhere, please check with that agent if you are ATOL protected. Be careful with online flight purchases and make sure you know what protection you have, if any, before paying for flights.

Not all holiday or travel services offered and sold by us will be protected by the ATOL scheme. Please ask us to confirm what protection may apply to your booking.

For land only holidays not involving any air travel, in accordance with “The Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992”, all UK passengers booking with Andean Trails Ltd. are fully protected for the initial deposit and subsequently the balance of all money paid to us, arising from cancellation or curtailment of travel arrangements due to the insolvency of Andean Trails.

 

I’m not ATOL covered, what protection do I have?

If you are not ATOL covered, any payments you make to us go to a Trust account.

We can only access this money once your tour has been completed, meaning that if anything happens to Andean Trails Limited while you are on holiday, then your money is secure and you can either complete the trip or be able to make it home.

If you pay for your holiday with a credit card, some offer payment protection – please check with your cardholder.

You also should have cancellation protection written into your insurance (which we recommend you have at the time of booking) in case you need to cancel.


Chilean Patagonia

Chilean Patagonia is a pristine wilderness of fjords, glaciers, plains, mountains and forests.

Southern Patagonia’s main attraction is the Torres del Paine National park. The granite spires attract many visitors to what some have called the 8th Wonder of the World. The park is a trekkers paradise with two classic treks, the Paine W and the Paine Circuit.

Northern Patagonia, the Aysen region,  is one of the least populated parts of the country and is blessed with spectacular countryside.

The main airport is Balmaceda near the city of Coyhaique and must see places include Lake General Carrera and the Marble Caves, The San Rafael Glacier,  the Quelat Hanging Glacier as well as driving the Austral Road.

The Futaleufu River is a must for white water enthusiasts.

The region also offers great horseback opportunities as well as kayaking ones. Nature enthusiasts can admire the impressive scenery, imposing glaciers and fascinating wildlife and flora.

Argentine Patagonia

Argentine Patagonia, the southern half of Argentina, is a remote, wind swept land of plains, mountains, lakes and glaciers.

The main airport is at El Calafate which is the gateway to Los Glaciares National Park.

Nearby is the mighty Perito Moreno glacier where you have the opportunity to get up close to the ice on one of the many walkways or on a boat trip.

El Chalten, a  3 1/2 hour drive from Calafate, is the trail head for treks in to the base of Cerro Torre, Fitzroy or for the more intrepid, on to the South Patagonian ice-cap.

Ushuaia, on the Beagle channel, is the southern most city of Argentina. Ushuaia is fascinating for historical interest, is rich in wildlife and is departure port for many Antarctic cruises

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