Whale watching in the Strait of Magellan
At Cabo Froward, the southernmost point of the American continent, you can observe one of the largest mammals in the world: the majestic humpback whale. From Punta Arenas, boat tours take you to the part of the Magellan strait where whales can be mainly observed from December to April. But they are not the only inhabitants of this wild area: sea lions, petrels, cormorants and dolphins can also be seen on this tour.
Option 1: Day trip off Punta Arenas
Travel dates: on almost all uneven days
Duration: 12 to 14 hours
Bilingual tour guide Spanish/English
Depending on weather conditions. If the boat cannot leave due to weather conditions, the tour will be postponed to the following day.
3.30 am: Start the tour in Punta Arenas, bus ride to Mole 70 km to the south
5.30 am: Departure at Pier Punta Arbol, sunrise on Magellan strait, Fort Bulnes
7.30 am - 8.30 am: The ship reaches Cabo Froward, the southernmost point of the American continent with the "Cross of the Seas".
10 am - 13 pm: Cruise around Francisco Coloane Marine Park to observe humpback whales, penguins, cormorants, gulls, petrels and shearwaters, albatrosses, sea lions, elephant seals and groups of killer whales. There are also several glaciers to be seen.
17 pm - 19 pm: Return to Punta Arenas.
This tour includes:
- Transfer to the boarding pier 70 km south of Punta Arenas.
- English-speaking tour guide
- Breakfast and lunch
- Whisky or Chilean Pisco on the (thousand year old) rocks
Price: approx. 399 USD per person incl. alimentation
Option 2: Isla Carlos III, 3 days, 2 nights
Season: End of November to mid-May
Travel dates: every 3 days
Duration: 3 days, 2
Guided tour: Bilingual tour guide Spanish/English
Accommodation: in fixed dome tents on the island of Carlos III
Depending on weather conditions
Price: 1800 USD incl. transport, accommodation and meals
Pick up at the hotel at 8 am, drive to the landing stage Punta Carrera, embarkation on the expedition boat Tanu, boat trip to the island Carlos III (approx. 9 hours) past the Fuerte Bulnes, Faro San Isidro and Cabo Froward. Whale watching near the island. Dinner at the camp.
After an extensive breakfast we spend the day in the Francisco Coloane marine reserve looking for whales. We also visit penguin and seal colonies and observe seabirds such as the Giant Petrel. After lunch on board we visit the glacier Santa Inés. Dinner at the camp.
After breakfast we make a detour to the island Rupert, where Magellan penguins can be found. On the way back to Punta Arenas we keep looking for whales. Lunch on board, arrival in Punta Carrera about 6pm, return in Punta Arenas about 7.30 pm.