With a Patagonia kayak experience, you will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with some famous glaciers, spot whales, and navigate the historic Strait of Magellan. Chile hosts many of the glaciers in South America, and a majority of these lie in the region of Patagonia. While some glaciers are better reached by trekking on foot, kayaking allows you to see the greatest variety of these icy landmarks.
The most common species of whale found in the waters of Patagonia is the humpback whale. While much less common, these waters are also home to orcas, a hunter species of dolphin.
The Strait of Magellan is usually talked about in a historical context, as it was the path that the explorer Ferdinand Magellan used to pass through South America from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean as he circumnavigated the globe. However, its beautiful landscapes complete with sprawling blue water shouldn’t go unrecognized. There is no better way to explore this body of water than by paddling through it yourself.
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!