Icy Waters. Warm Welcome.
Experience the magic of cruising into a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in the Northern Patagonian Ice Fields. Welcome to Laguna San Raphael: a national park on the Pacific coast of southern Chile home to 19 awe-inducing glaciers and a temperate climate. Created in 1959, the park has been delighting visitors with its otherworldly landscape for decades.
The region's diverse ecosystem allows for a large variety of fauna in and around the park, including the elusive puma. Animal lovers can take advantage of wildlife watching tours available year-round. If you’re looking to get up close and personal with the native marine wildlife, don’t miss the opportunity to do some fly-fishing and angling. The waters around here are known to be rich in salmon and trout.
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San Raphael Glacier
San Raphael Glacier
Hop aboard a luxury catamaran for a three-hour cruise through the icy Chilean channels en route to the San Raphael Glacier. Get up close to the ice floes and marvel at the glacial wall of Laguna San Raphael.
One might assume fish would be on the menu in the Aysén Region, and, while it’s very popular, visitors might be surprised to learn that lamb is also local favorite. Baked slowly over embers for almost three hours, the meat is then paired with potatoes, rice, and pebre—a spicy Chilean salsa. And be sure to order a calafate sour—an alcoholic beverage prepared with the local calafate berry. Legend has it that if you taste a calafate berry, you’re destined to return to Patagonia. Salud!
Break out the binoculars! Wildlife lovers will get their fill of creatures—both land and sea—here. Black box albatross, black neck swans, sea elephants, tuna fish, and even puma call Laguna San Raphael’s ecologically diverse environment home.