Ice fields - San Rafael glacier & Termas de Puyuhuapi hotel & spa
Chile's southern region, Aysén, is a land of incredible contrasts - continental ice bordering luxuriant forest and valleys with warm climates next to others where the cold never ends. In Patagonia, deep valleys cut gashes through wild open spaces, and the pass seems to disappear through gorges, mountain ridges, and fortress-like cliffs, where the air currents lift condors and eagles in flight.
The temperate rain forest is a concentration of lush vegetation that shelters an enormous variety of birds that have almost no fear of human presence.
The native forest continues up even in the steepest slopes, especially along the humid hillsides facing the Pacific Ocean. Gnarly-trunked cypresses and lengas, whose leaves turn bright orange in autumn, grow atop the mountain peaks. And from deep within the Earth itself spring the healthful thermal waters that the knowledgeable staff of the Termas de Puyuhuapi Hotel and SPA employs for your health and pleasure.
To the south of Puerto Aysén, the San Rafael Glacier flows from the Northern Patagonian Ice Field west toward the sea and empties its ice into the San Rafael Lagoon.
Approaching the great glacial walls by an excursion boat is a unique experience beyond comparison. From here you can feel the movements of the glacier, listen to the frozen mass creak as it shifts, and hear it roar as giant pieces of millenary ice break off and crash into the lagoon.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Day 1 Thu BALMACEDA - PUYUHUAPI LODGE & SPA
Reception in the Balmaceda airport. Begin tour through the Aysen region, crossing 45 min. of Patagonian pampas to reach the city of Coyhaique. Along the way we are likely to spot pairs of caiquenes (wild goose) and flocks of bandurrias (storks) through the grasses. The vast remains of burned over forests are vestiges of the region's recent colonization period. Short visit to the city, and then we continue along the Austral Highway to the Puyuhuapi Lodge & Spa (5 hrs). Much of the trip is along a gravel road that passes through extraordinary landscapes of dense forests between mountains and cliffs.
In the afternoon we arrive at the hotels Pier and then cross the Puyuhuapi Channel by motorboat in just 10 minutes.
Days 2,3 & 4 (Fri to Sun) PUYUHUAPI LODGE & SPA
Surrounded by lush vegetation, and accessible only by sea, this unique lodge is where understated luxury and a well planed simplicity combine to create a unique atmosphere. The lodge offers a variety of fascinating excursions in the cold rainforest and the Queulat National Park, after which one can wind down in the outdoor hot spring pools and the edge of the sea or in the Spa. The Spa's facilities are complete. Enjoy its large hydro massage pool, Jacuzzis, spring-water fountain, and steam sauna, and then reap the benefits of thalassotherapy sessions, relaxation massages, and facial treatments.
Day 5 Mon PUYUHUAPI - SAN RAFAEL LAGOON & GACIER - CHACABUCO
Our day begins early. At 7 a.m. we board the PATAGONIA EXPRESS catamaran and begin our journey through the austral fjords on our way to the San Rafael Lagoon. The 7-hour route is a sheer delight to the senses: the transparency of the waters, the majesty of the Andes Mountains wrapped in lush forests, the play of light interwoven through the clouds, and sometimes... encounters with playful dolphins. Sailing through a number of channels, we finally reach the Tempanos River, which leads us to the San Rafael Lagoon, home to a millenarian glacier. After a visit of approximately 2 hours, we begin our return trip, arriving in Puerto Chacabuco around 10:30 p.m., where we will be transferred to the hotel in this port or Coyhaique.
Day 6 Tues CHACABUCO - BALMACEDA
After breakfast, we travel by bus along the route that follows the Simpson River, from Chacabuco or Coyhaique, and then continue on the airport in Balmaceda (approx. 2 hrs)

 
Day 1 Sat/Tue BALMACEDA - PUYUHUAPI LODGE & SPA
Reception in the Balmaceda airport. We begin our tour through the Aysen region, crossing during 45 min. Patagonian pampas to reach the city of Coyhaique. Along the way we are likely to spot pairs of caiquenes (wild goose) and flocks of bandurrias (storks) through the grasses. The vast remains of burned over forests are vestiges of the region's recent colonization period. After a short visit to the city, we continue on, following the Simpson River until we reach Puerto Chacabuco (1:15 hr), where the PATAGONIA EXPRESS catamaran waits to take us on a 5-hour cruise through the southern fjords and channels to reach our destination: the Puyuhuapi Lodge & Spa.
Day 2 Sun/Wed PUYUHUAPI LODGE & SPA
The lodge and its staff warmly welcome guests and invite to explore and experience the stunning wilderness of Chilean Patagonia. Numerous excursions guide you through the temperate forest to the Queulat National Park and its Hanging Glacier, easy bicycle trips to the Carretera Austral, or explore the Dorita Bay in boats and kayaks. Back to the Lodge, you can enjoy the thermal waters and a complete Spa offering relaxation massages and the benefits of thalassotherapy sessions to unwind after a day full of excursions and impressions. Refined gastronomy with regional fresh sea food and vegetables coming from our own greenhouse and selection of fine Chilean wines is also part of the experience.
Day 3 Mon/Thu PUYUHUAPI - LAGUNA SAN RAFAEL - CHACABUCO
Our day begins early. At 7 a.m we board the PATAGONIA EXPRESS catamaran and begin our journey through the austral fjords on our way to the San Rafael Lagoon. The 7-hour trip is a sheer delight to the senses: the transparency of the waters, the majesty of the Andes Mountains wrapped in lush forests, the play of light interwoven through the clouds, and sometimes... encounters with playful dolphins. Sailing through a number of channels, we finally reach the Tempanos River, which leads us to the San Rafael Lagoon, home to a millenarian glacier. After a visit of approximately 2 hours, we begin our return trip, arriving in Puerto Chacabuco around 10:30 p.m., where we will be transferred to the hotel in this port or Coyhaique.
Day 4 Tue/Fri CHACABUCO - BALMACEDA
After breakfast, our bus takes us back along the route that follows the Simpson River, from Chacabuco or Coyhaique and then on to the airport in Balmaceda (approx. 2 hours).
Note: the internal flights to be arranged are LA075 to arrive and LA074 to leave the programs. If you need the quotation for the internal flights, please let us know!
2006-2007 COST PER PERSON
PROGRAMS
PCR009
Thursdays to Tuesday
PCR010 Saturday to Tuesday
PCR011 Tuesday to Friday
SEASON
High
Low
High
Low
Double Superior
1900
1650
1450
1200
Single Standard
2100
1860
1600
1360
Double Bay Standard
1700
1470
1300
1050
Double Forest Standard
1590
1350
1200
990
Duplex/Cottage  
(4-6 pax)
1430
1250
1100
950
 
  • Notes:
    Kids up to 2 years old are free
  • Children between 2 to 18 years old sharing room with adult US$ 100 per night.
  • Special departures (*) extra day US$ 300 per person and children US$ 100, each one.
 
Low Season: September 30 to November 12, 2006 & March 20 to April 30, 2007
High Season: November 13, 2006 to March 19, 2007
2006-2007 DEPARTURES
Month
PCR011 Tuesday-Friday
PCR010 Saturday-Tuesday
PCR009 Thursday-Tuesday
October
17 - 24- 31
21 - 28
19-26
November
7 - 14- 21 - 28
4 - 11 - 18 - 25
2 - 9- 16 - 23-30
December
5 - 12 - 19 -26
2 - 9 - 16 - 23* - 29*
7 - 14 - 21* - 28*
January
2 - 9 - 16 - 23 - 30
6 - 13 - 20 - 27

4 - 11 - 18 - 25

February
6 - 13 - 20 - 27
3 - 10 - 17 - 24
1 - 8 - 15 - 22
March
6 - 13 - 20 - 27
3 - 10 - 17- 24 - 31
1 - 8 - 15 -22 - 29
April
3 - 10 - 17 - 24
5*- 14 - 21 - 28
3* - 12 - 19 -26
 

* Special departures
Christmas:
PCR009 starts Dec. 21 & PCR010 starts on Dec. 23.
New Year:
PCR 009 starts Dec 28 & PCR010 + 1 day (5 days) starting on Dec 29 (additional day).
Easter:
PCR010 starts on April 3 & PCR010 starts on April 5.

 

Notes:

  • Rates are valid for passengers who are non resident in Chile, affected to the tax exemption according to D.L. 825, art. 12.
  • Rates are subject to changes without previous notice.
  • When passengers book these programs, they accept the company's General Conditions.
  • Rates are in US Dollar, per person, according to program, season and type of room selected in Termas de Puyuhuapi Hotel & SPA.
 

INCLUDED :

  • Ground transfers from Balmaceda
  • Navigation on board the high-speed Catamaran Patagonia Express, drinks and beverages on board.
  • Lodging in Puyuhuapi Lodge & Spa, according to program selected.
  • Full board, soft drinks, beer or wine during meals.
  • 1 night lodging with breakfast in Puerto Chacabuco or Coyhaique on the last night of the programs.
  • Menu of excursions: sea kayaks, mountain bike, trekking and visits of Puyuhuapi village and Queulat national park.
  • Use of outside thermal pools and Spa facilities.

NOT INCLUDED :

  • Airfares
  • Tips
  • Tax
  • Drinks during hotel stays (except wine & soft drinks during meals)
  • Laundry
  • Additional excursions
  • Telephone calls
  • Thalassotherapy and massages.
BOOKING AND PAYMENTS

Reservations are confirmed when the payment is made of a 30% deposit on the total cost. Balance must be paid in full at least 30 days prior to departure trip. If reservation has not been confirmed this way, the space will be available to other passengers.
Modifications are acceptable 20 days prior to the original departure date but subject to availability.
 

CANCELLATIONS: have to be made in writing to our office and will have the following deductions:

- Before 45 day prior the trip, US$ 50 per reservation
- Between 45 and 30 day prior the trip, 15% of the total cost
- Between 29 and 10 day prior the trip, 50% of the total cost
- Less than 10 days before the trip, No refund

 

INSURANCE:

Rates include an individual accident insurance policy which covers up to US$ 20.000 per person in the event of an accident of the vessel. Passengers may choose to take out an additional insurance policy privately, always recommendable.

Note: due to the extension of the trip, we do not recommend to travel with children under 5 years old. Special discounts for children up to 16 years old, traveling with parents.


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Coyancura 2270, oficina 801, Providencia, Santiago, CHILE
Telefóno: (56 2) 333 1390 - Fax (56 2) 234 9783
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