Get to know The Cape Horn

GET TO KNOW THE CAPE HORN, LAKUTAIA LODGE INVITES YOU (4 DIAS / 3 NOCHES)


Just a few can tell about a life-time experience at the southern end of the American continent, one of the most pristine places in the planet, according to the UNESCO.

Lakutaia Lodge gives you the opportunity to be part of this unique adventure at “The End of the World” and get acquainted with the southernmost part of the planet and amazed by its natural beauty.

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  • PUNTA ARENAS or USHUAIA / PUERTO WILLIAMS

    FROM PUNTA ARENAS:
    Fly on board Aerolineas DAP to the beautiful city of Puerto Williams. From the sky we will enjoy a overwhelming landscape which leads us to discover the Magellan Strait, the beautiful Darwin Mountain Range glaciers, channels and colourful lakes (flight time, 1:20 hrs).

    FROM USHUAIA:
    After immigration procedures and port-tax payment at Ushuaia dock in Argentina, We will sail up through the Beagle Channel to reach after 30 minutes Navarino port in the Chilean side. The navegation is provided
    on board a small-size-semi-rigid embarkation.
    Upon arrival at Puerto Navarino we will be transferred on a 54-km ride to Puerto Williams and start the immigration procedures in Chile (transfer time, 1:15 hrs). Afterwards, journey to the Lodge.

    Overflight to Cape Horn:
    Transfer to the airfield to start Cape Horn overflight, one of the most important activities LAKUTAIA LODGE offers to guests. During the overflight, you will stumble upon Dientes de Navarino massif and its peak bogs before overflying the Nassau bay and the magnificent Wollaston island. Finally, the Horn Island will appear when flying down to the southern tip to admire the legendary Cape Horn, a 400-mt-high crag facing the worst and heavy swells from Drake Sea. At this point, we are 500 km over the Antartic peninsula. We will fly the Horn Island northeast tip where the lighthouse is located, the guardian house and his family dwelling, as well as the famous Cape Horn monument,
    representing a huge Albatros silhouette: southern wind icon and courageous sailors’ eternal companion (1 to 1:15 hrs overflight).

    Flight back to Puerto Williams and transfer to LAKUTAIA LODGE to enjoy a cocktail. Lunch will be served at the Lodge.

    In the afternoon enjoy the visit to OMORA Etno-Botanical Park. This excursion will lead us to discover the wonders of the Miniature Forests of Cape Horn a so-called “Tourism with Hand Lens” an educational activity sponsored by Omora Foundation. A bio-cultural conservation initiative from the local communities living in the Antartic forests, as well as the active commitment of the Yagan community living in Puerto Williams.

    Return to the Lodge. Dinner and accommodation at Lakutaia Lodge.

    After dinner, our lead guide will lecture about the fascinating history of the Cape Horn region: inhabited by the Yaganes (or Yamanas) ethnia for more than 6000 years; the European pathfinders adventures; Fitz-Roy and Darwin; the Clippler epic story; the Missionaries, colonization, and finally Tierra del Fuego nowadays.

  • DARWIN’S TRAIL

    Breakfast at Lodge.

    Sailing to Wulaia Bay it is very appealing not only because of its wonderful landscapes but also because represents one of the most important historical moments of modern science: Young Darwin meets with the local communities, the “cultural end of human evolution” according to his own words.

    Wulaia is of extraordinary beauty, considered the historical capital city of Tierra del Fuego. It is the place where Commander Fitz-Roy and Young naturalist Charles Darwin returned with the 3 indigenous knowned as Jemmy Button, Fuegia Basket and York Minster, after an “educative trip” to England. It is the same place where many years after, Button and his people massacred a large number of English missionares.

    By the end of XIX century, Peace returned to Wulaia with the settlement of estancias (cattle ranch), and a radio station which remains can be visited.

    We will have the possibility to enjoy a nice view of the Beagle Channel and Ushuaia, the picturesque and narrow Murray Channel which divide Hoste Island and Navarino as well as Button Island coastal beaches. We will sail the same trail done 200 years before. If we are lucky enough we will have the chance to see a wide number of pelagic birds, seal colonies, dolphins and penguins.

    Dinner and accommodation at Lakutaia Lodge.

  • PUERTO WILLIAMS

    Breakfast at Lodge.

    You can choose among different excursions we have to provide:

    1.HIKE TO CERRO BANDERA VIEWPOINT
    10-min ride to the beginning of the trail (back & forth). 1:15 hr non-stop hike.
    Details: 45-min climbing (200 m slope), 40-min same track descent.
    Level of difficulty: moderate.
    When raining the trail is muddy in some portions.
    Hot & cold beverages and cookies included.

    The trail is an imponent primary forest where nothofagus dominate the landscape. On January and Februray orchids bloom.
    The 300-mt high viewpoint offers beautiful sights of Beagle Channel and Puerto Williams.

    2.HIKE PUNTA GUSANO BEACH – BIRDWACHING
    5-min ride to the beginning of the trail (back & forth). 2 or 3:30 hr non-stop hike depending on guests interest.
    Level of difficulty: easy hike on the beach. On the 3-hr hike there is a 50 mts big rocks climbing.
    Details: Nesting and breeding season run from mid-November until beginning of March.

    The trail surrounding the peninsula offers exclusive views of Puerto Williams and Beagle Channel. The upnorth end of the peninsula is the nesting area of thousand Dominican & Austral seagull, Pilpilen and many goose species. Adding 1:30 hr to the hike permits to surround the peninsula by the beach and enlarge the pleasure to enjoy sea… and strong winds, as usual!

    3.TREKKING TO CERRO BANDERA – HALF DAY
    10-min ride to the beginning of the trail (back & forth). 2:45 hr non-stop hike.
    Details: 1:30 hrs climbing (500 m slope), 1:15 hrs same track descent.
    Level of difficulty: moderate.
    When raining the trail is muddy in some portions.
    Hot & cold beverages and cookies included.

    The trail is an imponent primary forest where nothofagus dominate the landscape. On January and Februray orchids bloom.
    The 600-mt high viewpoint offers beautiful sights of Beagle Channel, Puerto Williams and Ushuaia. Adding 20 min to the hike from the summit, will let us enjoy a spectacular view over Róbalo valley and Dientes de Navarino massif.

    4.TREKKING TO CERRO BANDERA – FULL DAY
    15-min ride to the beginning of the trail (back & forth). 7-hr non-stop hike.
    Details: 2:30 hr hike through Ukika valley on mild slope. Continue a 2-hr sharp climbing (500 mts slope) on forest slopes through a wild track to reach Cerro Bandera (600 mts high). Box lunch. Descent will take 1:30 hrs on a 450-mt slope, and continue 1-hr trail back to the lodge.
    Level of dificulty: Strenuous in forest field.
    Important slope along the trail, when raining some portions get muddy.
    Special equipment: trekking-waterproof boots required.
    Box lunch, hot & cold beverages included.

    The first portion of the trail is a primary-majestic forest, crossing the peak bogs we will witness the fascinating work of beavers over Ukika river. Keep on climbing the sharp forest, we will see a great extention of Ukika valley. Finally, climbing Cerro Bandera summit through rocky ground, we will appreciate wonderful panomaric views of Ukika & Róbalo valleys, a large extention of Beagle Channel, Ushuaia and Puerto Williams.
    On January and Februray orchids bloom.

    5.HORSEBACK RIDING – HALF DAY
    Level of difficulty: easy, no expertise required.

    Riding ancient trails in the forest, we will surround the Beagle Channel coastal end to reach a hill with a wide panoramic view over the channel and mountains. While riding enjoy birdwatching in the flatland.

    We invite our guests to enjoy the surroundings on your own, and engaged yourselves on mini-hikes around the forest, practice golf swings in our 3-hole mini golf course, mountain bike rides, or kayaking Lauta Sound to Micalvi Marina, dock for embarkations looking for adventures to/from Antartic peninsula or Cape Horn.

    Lakutaia Lodge provides of trekking poles, lunch at the lodge on half-day excursions, and box lunch on full-day excursions.

    Dinner and Accommodation at Lakutaia Lodge

  • VISIT PUERTO WILLIAMS / PUNTA ARENAS or USHUAIA

    Breakfast at Lodge.

    Today we will know Puerto Williams town, the southernmost port in the world and Isla Navarino main town. Founded as Naval Base in 1953, housing 1.600 inhabitants nowadays. Local life goes around the Base, fishing and an incipient touristic activity. This isolated and picturesque village, depends on a 30-hour-sailing ferry for food and sanitation supplies, coming from Punta Arenas on a weekly basis. Visit the Martin Gusinde Anthropologic modern Museum, renowned to the Yagan history and the region graphical display of natural resourses. Gusinde was a famous anthropologist and a priest of the Order of the Divine Word, worked with Yagan and Ona communities from 1918 to 1923.

    For those guests departing to Ushuaia, Puerto Williams visit will be provided on day 1 or 3. Day 4 will be aimed to transfer guests back to the Port Authority in Puerto Williams for the immigration procedures to continue journey to Puerto Navarino and board the semi-rigid embarkation back to Ushuaia.

    In due time, transfer back to the airfield to board flight back to Punta Arenas.

    END OF OUR SERVICES


  • INCLUDED:
    - Flight to/from Puerto Williams, Punta Arenas or navegation from Ushuaia.
    - Excursions mentioned in the program (Day 3 free choice)
    - Arrival / Departure transfers in Puerto Williams.
    - Bilingual guide assistance (Spanish/English).
    - Full board including Chilean wine during lunch and dinner.

    NOT INCLUDED:
    - Alcoholic drinks from the bar.
    - Phone calls.
    - Loundry.
    - Voluntary tip.
    - Port tax in case of programs starting in Ushuaia.

    ALL EXCURSIONS ARE SUBJECT TO WEATHER CONDITIONS.

  • PROGRAM SEASON SEPTEMBER 15 / 2014 TO APRIL 15 / 2015
    SINGLE DOUBLE TRIPLE
    GET TO KNOW THE CAPE HORN
    (4 days / 3 nights)
    US$ 2.275 US$ 1.970 US$ 1.665