Kayak Punta Arenas in Patagonia and paddle in the paths of explorers, who sailed around the end of the world through the Strait of Magellan among massive icebergs. A kayaking trip in southern Patagonia affords you the opportunity to get up close and personal with icy giants, stunning fjords, and wildlife, such as humpback whales, penguins, sea lions, elephant seals, and more, in their natural habitat. Come ashore at spots you can only reach by sea and hike to waterfalls and the bases of glaciers.
Learn about the history of the region and local culture through talking with our guides, enjoying a traditional Patagonian barbecue, and hearing creation stories of the Kaweshkar people. A kayak tour in Punta Arenas allows you to get closer to the amazing region than many tours on land!
While a majority of people flock to Patagonia during the summer months (November to early March), there is certainly a minority that loves the Patagonian winter for its stunning snowy vistas. Kayaking in the winter isn’t impossible by any means, but it can be more difficult. Many accommodations close for the season, making it more difficult to find lodging. Certain parks may also be closed. Additionally, kayaking excursions often require a minimum number of participants, which can be more challenging to reach in the low season.
Despite summer being the most popular season, it is also the windiest, which can make kayaking expeditions more physically demanding. Patagonia’s weather is notoriously unpredictable throughout the year. Avoiding the winds in the summer could mean facing a greater chance of rain in the shoulder season of fall or spring.
If you’re hoping to see whales, the best time to kayak Punta Arenas is from December to March. So if you’re looking to hop on a whale-watching tour, we recommend visiting during Patagonia’s summer!