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Carlos III Island (Chile)

Chilean Patagonia is composed of eloquent sites names that are synonyms with adventure and end of the world, Punta arenas, Strait of Magellan, Cap Horn, etc…

Carlos III Island is a small island that has nothing to paradise, I tell you from now. Very small (it could go on foot in to hours), is located at approximately 10 hours boat from Punta Arenas; lost in the Strait of Magellan, where storms and strong winds are common.

Nothing more than this trip, is complete journey in itself. I could not help imagining the conditions under which it took the first expeditions, facing the natural elements of the region, with few tools and right in amazement. This "route", is not recommended for people who are experiencing dizziness or children.

Carlos 3 Island

After a day spent at the sea, we perceive the Carlos III Island; with its total isolation, and a great spectacle: the marine fauna of the surroundings and the famous humpback whales.
This scenery is unreal; I was aboard in one of few boats that circle the area for mammal watching.

There are different possible outputs to see whales, sea lions, penguins, albatross, ...also a glacier (unnamed) and cormorants flying around. Occasionally, orcas can be seen passing through the area.

The accommodation in the island is simple, would classify like "comfortable" if we became aware that we are a day boat from all occupied land. The site is maintained by scientists living in the season.

We can talk with them for hours. They study the behavior of whales, and can recognize and differentiate from each other. At the time, 103 whales were identified accurately.

For lovers of strong sensation, a sea kayak out to approach a few meters of these mammals is unimaginable... (I deep recommend doing that).

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Patagonia in all seasons menu. For example, according to the climate, from Bariloche, in Patagonia Argentina, it is possible to go to Puerto Montt, in Chile, crossing successively three lakes by boat, as did the Jesuits and the first German settlers. I offer a tour that leads to the Pacific Ocean. It is quite long, but the beauty of the sites - forests, volcanoes and crystalline lakes - is such that it is worth to be carried. The Argentine side, cross the west arm of Nahuel Huapi and Lake Puerto Alegre and, the chilen side, Lake Todos los Santos. Moving from one lake to another by bus. This tour is feasible in all seasons, but in winter, it takes two days to reach Puerto Montt, stopping for one night at Peulla. We returned to Bariloche by air or by the same way, after a night in Puerto Montt. Borispatagonia is also responsible for visas to go to Chile and to book hotels. In Patagonia, winter and summer are tourist seasons. In summer, besides explore the surrounding, many activities are available: climbing, torrent fishing, sailing, horseback riding, hiking, rides, visits to Aciendas... In winter, the main activity is, of course, skiing, especially in July and August on the side of the Andes, but not only: snowshoe hikes, thematic tours, many walks to admire the beauty of Patagonia Argentina and Chile in this season, due a unique light, the warmth of the people of Patagonia... Just to talk about, I get goose bumps!