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El Calafate: Darwin Kayak Adventure

Product ID: 383152
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Discover the wonders of the Santa Cruz River on this guided kayaking adventure. Soak up epic views of the Chilean landscape, learn about the river’s history and ties to Charles Darwin, and enjoy a delicious lunch surrounded by stunning scenery.
About this activity
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Duration: 5.5 hours
Starting time 9:00 AM
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English

Pickup included

Please wait in the hotel lobby 10 minutes before your scheduled pickup time. Pickup included from selected hotels: Tremun Kau Yatun Hotel de Campo, Hotel El Mirador del Lago, Hotel Imago, Hotel El Mirador del Lago, Boutique Hotel La Cantera, Hotel Edenia, Hotel Kosten Aike, America del Sur Hostel Calafate, Lagos Del Calafate, Xelena Hotel & Suites, Rochester Hotel Calafate, Cabañas Don Pepe, Apart Hotel Libertador, Schilling Hostel Patagonico, Hotel Bahía Redonda, Linda Vista Apart Hotel.

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  • Glide along the impressive Santa Cruz River on a kayak
  • Admire breathtaking scenery from a unique vantage point
  • Hear about Charles Darwin's expedition along the river
  • See and learn about the river's native wildlife
  • Enjoy a delicious lunch at a scenic stopover in El Rincón
Full description
After pickup from selected hotels in El Calafate, travel for 30 minutes down to the scenic Santa Cruz River. On arrival, listen to a safety briefing from your instructor then get kitted out with all the necessary kayaking gear.

Once you're ready, head out onto the river and begin your kayaking adventure. Admire the impressive landscape that surrounds you and lookout for native wildlife. As you explore, listen to your instructor share fascinating stories about the iconic people who have traveled along the river, including Charles Darwin and Francisco Pascasio Moreno. 

Explore part of the river route that Darwin navigated back in the 19th century — a glimpse of history on this scenic kayaking adventure in Patagonia. Arrive at El Rincón and marvel at yet more impressive scenery. Once you’ve worked up a bit of an appetite, enjoy a delicious lunch while soaking up the tranquility of the river. At the end of an unforgettable day, relax on the return journey to El Calafate.
  • Pickup and drop-off from selected hotels in El Calafate
  • Kayak equipment (GoreTex drysuit, life vest, boots, and gloves)
  • Spanish and English-speaking tour guide
  • Lunch with drinks
What’s Not Included
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Children under 16 years
  • Pregnant women
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

Prepare for the activity

Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Warm clothing
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Comfortable clothes
Not allowed
  • High-heeled shoes
Know before you go
• This tour is not recommended for people with limited mobility, wheelchair users, or pregnant women
• Children under 16 years are not permitted on the tour
• This tour is subject to weather conditions
• This activity has an average difficulty