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Experience - Chile

Boat excursion to the Serrano and Balmaceda Glaciers


  • Explore the Patagonian mountains, rushing waterfalls, and deep green forests by boat

  • Includes a hike along the Rio Serrano

  • Light lunch included in a typical hostería


This experience will take you on a boat (the only way possible) from Puerto Natales to the Last Hope Fjord (Fiordo de Última Esperanza) in the Bernardo O'Higgins National Park. Along the way, you will pass the Patagonian mountain landscapes, waterfalls, and glaciers, as well as encounter colonies of sea lions and cormorants.


South America

  1. Chile
  2. Patagonia

Today, you will drive from Puerto Natales through the Last Hope Bay to the Serrano River's outflow. You will see beech forests, cormorants, condors, and, with some luck, seals during the cruise. Pass the harsh beauty of the Patagonian fjord landscapes.

Slowly, the ship approaches the impressive Balmaceda Glacier, which slides steeply and unstoppably from the summit of Cerro Balmaceda (2.250m) down the valley. A little further, you will stop at the Rio Serrano and go on a hike through the southern beech forest to a lagoon. There you will have a beautiful view of the Serrano Glacier, and you can watch the calving of the glacier, large and loud chunks of ice being dropped. There is enough time to get to know the Patagonian fauna.

At 17:00, you will arrive back in Puerto Natales. Lunch will take you to a nearby hostería. The level of difficulty of this activity is rated as easy. The glacier path is quite easy, with ascents and descents on a stony and sandy path that borders the lake. The atmospheric boat ride will end around 18:00 (duration: 9h) in Puerto Natales.

Duration of the trip: All day


  • Navigation through the Bay of Last Hope
  • Hiking at the Rio Serrano
  • Light lunch
  • A small donation of 2 USD per person, which will be forwarded to a social project


  • Meals and drinks not mentioned in the scope of services
  • Personal expenses, such as tips
  • Excursions and entrance fees not mentioned in the scope of services
  • Insurance

Services & Notes

  • Duration: approx. 9 hours
  • The excursion takes place with other international travelers. You will be accompanied by a Spanish and English speaking tour guide.
  • Between September and April, the excursion is conducted daily from 08:00.
  • Between May and August, the excursion takes place every Sunday from 09:00.
  • Physical condition: Easy path to the Serrano glacier with ascents and descents on a stony and sandy path that borders the lake.

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