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Robinson Crusoe Deep Patagonia

7 days / 6 nights Code: RBC001

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Places you will see

This exciting journey takes you along the "Carretera Austral", amidst impressive landmarks such as Cerro Castillo and the Marble Cathedral (Catedral de Mármol) on Lake General Carrera.

Itinerary

Start of the Program: at Balmaceda airport, at 12:00 midday (following the arrival on one of the early regular direct flights from Santiago). Alternatively, depart from hotels in Coyhaique at 09:30 hrs (for those arriving earlier to the area).

End of the Program: at Balmaceda airport at 16:30 hrs. (in time for the return flight to Santiago) or at Coyhaique hotels from 18:00 hrs onwards.

Departures: Tour Calendar as defined.

ITINERARY:

Day 1: Departing from Balmaceda airport (or from Coyhaique) we ride towards Villa Cerro Castillo, on a paved road with several vantage points to gaze at magnificent rock formations and landscapes, deep valleys and rivers; further on the road turns into a grit track.

Continuing along the Austral Way, we arrive at Port Tranquil River on the shores of Lago General Carrera – the largest lake in Patagonia -, where we will visit the Marble Cathedrals. These are extraordinary young marble stone formations with unique ogival-shaped cavernous chambers at the water level of the lake. We make our trip in small motor boats, enabling us to enter the cave spaces inside the marble cathedrals, whose forms are reflected on the turquoise coloured water.

In the evening we continue the trip to Port Bertrand (Puerto Bertrand) at the source of Baker River, and finally we reach a comfortable Lodge in the area in time for dinner.

Day 2: The adventure continues at 09:30 hrs, since later on we must reach Mitchell Fjord on time to catch the ferry and penetrate further into Deep Patagonia. Before midday on this route we reach Cochrane, the last town where bank ATMs are available on this journey.

The route from Cochrane to Puerto Yungay on the north side of Mitchell Fjord is the entry point to Deep Patagonia. The fjord crossing in the missionary Father Antonio Ronchi ferry takes around 45 minutes and we continue overland in this virgin Patagonia territory amidst rock formations and vegetation reminiscent of Jurassic Park, with very clear evidence of the vestiges of the glacier period. On this route there are numerous viewpoints for photography. Finally we arrive at our comfortable Robinson Crusoe Lodge at Villa O’Higgins where you can rest, take a hot tub and relax.

Day 3, 4 and 5: On one of these three days (depending on the schedules of our well-equipped passenger vessel Quetru), we will make the crowning trip of this adventure to the base of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field plateau. We navigate across the Glacier Lake (Lago O’Higgins). to reach the imposing Great Glacier, which features a two-mile long front wall, 260 feet high. During this crossing we will admire the details of this least-explored, breathtaking landscape in Patagonia, marked by glacial formations and movements over centuries. We will gaze wondrously at the ancient ice-capped mountain ranges circling the lake and feel on our cheeks the wind that blows across this wild landscape.

Despite the ice-cold air, passengers venture out onto the upper deck to contemplate the spectacular scenery and take photos. The weather is liable to change dramatically and more than once even during the duration of the trip, from burning sun rays to heavy rains customary in Deep Patagonia. The trip lasts all day. Our visitors are pervaded by a soul-branding ecstasy after experiencing Nature’s magnificence at this place, a true deliverance of On one of these three days (depending on the schedules of our well-equipped passenger vessel Quetru), we will make the crowning trip of this adventure to the base of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field plateau. We navigate across the Glacier Lake (Lago O’Higgins). to reach the imposing Great Glacier, which features a two-mile long front wall, 260 feet high.

During this crossing we will admire the details of this least-explored, breathtaking landscape in Patagonia, marked by glacial formations and movements over centuries. We will gaze wondrously at the ancient ice-capped mountain ranges circling the lake and feel on our cheeks the wind that blows across this wild landscape. Despite the ice-cold air, passengers venture out onto the upper deck to contemplate the spectacular scenery and take photos. The weather is liable to change dramatically and more than once even during the duration of the trip, from burning sun rays to heavy rains customary in Deep Patagonia.

The trip lasts all day. Our visitors are pervaded by a soul-branding ecstasy after experiencing Nature’s magnificence at this place, a true deliverance of freedom in all its dimensions. During the crossing we visit Candelario Mancilla, a small harbor settlement where the road takes you towards the Argentine border. From that place there is a riding-track towards the extreme north of Desert Lake (Lago del Desierto). On the alternate two days at Villa O’Higgins, we will make half-day excursions, accompanied by Guides. These trips are designed to enable an encounter with the virgin wilderness of the area, such as trekking to the observation point over Stag Lake (Lago Ciervo), visiting the missionary Father Antonio Ronchi’s church in the forest or exploration of Christie Lake (Lago Christie) near to Mayer Pass (Paso Mayer) on the Argentine border.

The remaining time during these days can be enjoyed with free-range activity in the vicinity of Villa O’Higgins: a visit to the village, climb up to Valley Viewpoint (Mirador del Valle), take bicycle rides, visit the power generator station and other adventures such as casual fishing in any of the nearby lakes or kayak outings on the river.
Day 6: We start our return with an early departure for the Wooden Village on Tortel Bay, a picturesque hamlet built on the side of the hill and facing the bay where ocean cruisers make a brief pause. There are no streets, and the houses are built on stilts and walkways above the water level. In the afternoon we follow the Austral Way as far as Port Tranquil River, where we have dinner and stay the night in log cabins.

Day 7: In the morning, very early risers can visit Explorers’ Valley (Valle Exploradores) and walk up to the Glaciar observation point. At 13:00 hrs. we journey on to Balmaceda Airport, in time for the afternoon return flight to Santiago. (From there, for other non-returning passengers, we continue to Coyhaique, the ending-point of our services).

Activities

Terms and conditions:
- 2012-2013 Season Program Rate: per person,based on double room occupancy and conditional on minimum number of 6 or 7 participants per vehicle.
- Reservations subject to confirmed availability.
-Cancellations:
* More than 60 days prior to start of Program: 95% reimbursement.
* 45-60 days prior to start of Program; 50% reimbursement.
* 30-44 days prior to start of Program: 25% reimbursement.
* Less than 30 days prior to start of Program: no reimbursement.

- Departures:
Nov 2012 Wednesday 7, 21*, 28
Dec 2012 Sunday 2, 9 / Wednesday 5, 12 / Friday 21* / 28*
Jan 2013 Wednesday 2, 9*, 16, 23, 30 / Friday 4, 11, 18, 25*/ Sunday 6, 13, 20, 27
Feb 2013 Sunday 3, 10, 17, 24 / Wednesday 6*, 13, 20, 27 / Friday 1, 8, 15, 22*
Mar 2013 Sunday 3, 10 / Wednesday 6*, 20
Apr 2013 Wednesday 3
*No minimum number of participants required

The program includes:
- Transfers.
- Accommodation.
- All meals
- Activities.
- Bilingual Guides.

Program does not include:
- Air fares.
- Tips.
- Travel Insurance.

Important:
* The terms and conditions of the Program could vary and should be confirmed on reservation.
* Adverse weather conditions or force majeure may eventually force a change of schedule or content of the Program.
* Please consult in advance for any special individual requirements, The Company will do its best to meet these needs, and will confirm in writing if it is possible to meet them.
* All locations are non-smoking, except open air if there is no inconvenience to other passengers.
* No pets are allowed.
* Guests should be supplied with their own medication.
* Guests should be equipped with appropriate protective clothing.

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