Chile. Puerto natales

Population: 18,1 millions.
Capital city: Santiago.
People: 95% European descent and Mestizo, 5% Indian.
Language: Spanish and a handful of native languages, including Aymara, Mapuche and Rapa Nui.
Religion: 89% roman catholic, 10% protestant, less than 1% jewish.

The longest and thinnest country in the world runs from the Andes to the Pacific. As well as sharing borders with Argentina, Peru and Bolivia. Chile also has territories in Polynesia and Antarctica, making it a tri-continental nation. From the high Andean plateau to the untouched southern territories at the end of the world, Chile invites to live adventures in the middle of the world’s driest desert, in the unique rainy temperate forest of South America, in front of millennial glaciers or under the watchful eye of the Andes in the middle of the buzz of modern cities like its capital, Santiago. These cultural and climatic contrasts have left an imprint on the identity of the country and its people. Warm, energetic, approachable and kind, Chileans share the love for their land, which invites you to build relationships beyond boundaries, to live unique experiences and to discover Chile.


BALMACEDA & SERRANO GLACIERS

"Round Trip" Tonina Agunsa. Catamaran Boat Agunsa-Tonina begin navigating the Señoret Canal, heading NW towards Mount Balmaceda while the passenger will enjoy breakfast on board. Our first point of interest will be the Puerto Bories National Historic Monument, this meat frezzing factory was founded in 1913 by the Tierra del Fuego Operating Company and for more than 60 years was the most important center of slaughtering in the area. It highlights its construction in masonry, post Victorian industrial architecture English style. We delving deeper into the Señoret canal, we navigate close to Isla Guanaco where small and wonderful Magellan or TONINAS Dolphins are appreciated. Then we access through the Estancia (cattle ranch) Margot, where the Cormorants cliffs are located, showing off lots of these birds fanning their wings outstretched to the wind. Continuing the trip to Punta de Lobos where we found some of this marine mammals, then got to visit the waterfall and cliffs where we can see condors. At each point of interest our boats Agunsa Tonina will stop so the passengers will enjoy the scenery of this attractive area. The journey continues to Mount Balmaceda (2035 meters high) where we will see the first glacier of the same name and then disembark at Puerto Toro to start a walk round the shore of the lagoon Icebergs, always accompanied by our bilingual guide. Through a native forest coigües, ñirres and ciruelillos, toward the Serrano glacier, here we enjoy the impressive vegetation and the contrast between the clear skies and blue ice, accompanied by imposing Serrano glacier. In the way back we will enjoy a snack before to get to lunch place the estancia Consuelo where a Rosted Lamb will wait for the visitors. our navigation ends in Puerto Natales.

TORRES DEL PAINE NAT.PARK & MILODON CAVE

We start our tour to Torres del Paine National Park. The first stop is the ancient cave Milodon, declared a historical monument in 1968 and a Natural Monument in 1993, it is located 25 km north of Puerto Natales. This natural monument consists of three caverns and a rocky conglomerate called "Silla del Diablo". The largest of these caves is 150 m.a.s.l. and its dimensions are 30 meters high, 50 meters wide and 200 meters deep. The scientific interest of the place is given by the discovery, in 1896, skin, bones and other remains of an extinct animal, the MILODÓN (Mylodon darwini) a large herbivore which became extinct probably late Pleistocene. After 30 minutes of tour and 36 Km. more, it will be the second stop in Cerro Castillo, where passengers can enjoy cafeteria service. All a preamble to get then to Torres del Paine National Park by Laguna Amarga sector or Porteria Sarmiento, which is even more amazing. Following in the path you can see the Nordenskjold and Pehoe lakes, accompanied by groups of guanacos and Lesser Rheas. The road continues with a walk of 10 minutes, where you can discover the beautiful Salto Grande fall, then headed to Camp Pehoe (Sodexo) where the passenger can go to lunch (not included) with view of the Cuernos del Paine. During the afternoon, the tour continues to the sector of Lake and Grey Glacier, where a stop of about 45 minutes and a beautiful hike from the Grey parking area, cross walking the Pingo River hanging bridge, walk through beech forest and then along the beach will take place Lago Grey peninsula and the shores of Lake is lining up a hill to reach the Mirador Grey that overlooks the lake, the icebergs area and part of the glacier, where the Paine Grande is appreciated. The return trip is exiting the Park by Laguna Amarga or River Serrano, a real show that copies of red foxes and condors usually accompany the fascinating panorama of the Paine Massif and finally concludes this trip coming to Puerto Natales around 19:00 hrs. Approx.