3/09/2012

Sea Kayaking in Patagonia Crossing from the Andes to the Atlantic.

Crossing from the Andes to the Atlantic Sea / Sea Kayaking and Exploring

Those are some of the highlights from our Crossing from the Andes to the Atlantic Sea Expedition in Nov 2011.
We had wonderful moments, with a great company. In our days Kayaking we enjoyed beautiful landscapes, imposing views. We really could fell the Best of Patagonia, calm lakes and Rivers,  and great moments with the Wildlife in Peninsula Valdes.

kayaking in patagonia crossing from the andes to the atlantic
 
Rivadavia Lake, after paddling down the Carriluefu River we get into the Rivadavia Lake and the Northern entrances of the Alerces National Park.

kayaking in patagonia crossing from the andes to the atlantic
One of the Doubles Kayaks in a very calm and sunny day.

kayaking in patagonia crossing from the andes to the atlantic

kayaking in patagonia crossing from the andes to the atlantic
Lake Verde
kayaking in patagonia crossing from the andes to the atlantic
 First Night nice meal and great company by the fire





kayaking in patagonia crossing from the andes to the atlantic

The night at Bahia Solis Camp site


kayaking in patagonia crossing from the andes to the atlantic
Cascade in the Alerces ancient tree area, that we visit to appreciate the Valdivian Rain forest


kayaking in patagonia crossing from the andes to the atlantic
Back Rufus Negrito

kayaking in patagonia crossing from the andes to the atlantic

kayaking in patagonia crossing from the andes to the atlantic
The Arrayanes River the entrances from Lake Verde

kayaking in patagonia crossing from the andes to the atlantic

kayaking in patagonia crossing from the andes to the atlantic

The end of our days in the lake district.

kayaking in patagonia crossing from the andes to the atlantic
Upland Goose with chicks



kayaking in patagonia crossing from the andes to the atlantic

Trekking at the Buitrera canyon in the Valley of Chubut River in Piedra Parada area.





kayaking in patagonia crossing from the andes to the atlantic
kayaking in patagonia crossing from the andes to the atlantic

kayaking in patagonia crossing from the andes to the atlantic








kayaking in patagonia crossing from the andes to the atlantic
Our campsite with a great view of Piedra Parada and the Chubut River.
Having Dinner  at night with "asado" and Breakfast in the morning.
 


kayaking in patagonia crossing from the andes to the atlantic
The team ready to get in into the water of the Chubut River


 kayaking in patagonia crossing from the andes to the atlantic
kayaking in patagonia crossing from the andes to the atlantic

kayaking in patagonia crossing from the andes to the atlantic

Kayaking the Waters of the River give us the opportunity to observe upland gosse, black faced Ibis and little frogs

kayaking in patagonia crossing from the andes to the atlantic
The view of one of our trekking during or second night by the Chubut River.

kayaking in patagonia crossing from the andes to the atlantic

kayaking in patagonia crossing from the andes to the atlantic

 From our kayaks viewing Black neck Swan, Flamingos and Borrowing Parrots

kayaking in patagonia crossing from the andes to the atlantic

kayaking in patagonia crossing from the andes to the atlantic
Spectacle tyrant.

kayaking in patagonia crossing from the andes to the atlantic

kayaking in patagonia crossing from the andes to the atlantic
Another great campsite by the river surrounded with big walls

kayaking in patagonia crossing from the andes to the atlantic
The beginning of our kayaking in San Jose Gulf Peninsula Valdes in the Atlantic.
kayaking in patagonia crossing from the andes to the atlantic

kayaking in patagonia crossing from the andes to the atlantic
Kayaking and viewing the Southern Right Whales is one of the best experiences. They have a coastal behavior that makes possible to observe them close to the shore form our kayak and at our campsites.

kayaking in patagonia crossing from the andes to the atlantic

kayaking in patagonia crossing from the andes to the atlantic
The Sea Lions Colonies are in different areas and normally the young ones are very curious.

kayaking in patagonia crossing from the andes to the atlantic


Campsite with a cliff were nesting the Black Chested Buzzard Eagle

kayaking in patagonia crossing from the andes to the atlantic

The Buzzard Eagle flying and with the chicks.
kayaking in patagonia crossing from the andes to the atlantic
Turkey Vulture








kayaking in patagonia crossing from the andes to the atlantic

kayaking in patagonia crossing from the andes to the atlantic
From our campsite the Whales were giving always a show, lob tailing, flapping, breaching and breeding the calf.
kayaking in patagonia crossing from the andes to the atlantic

kayaking in patagonia crossing from the andes to the atlantic

kayaking in patagonia crossing from the andes to the atlantic

Trekking is also possible to see Lizards, caves and meadowlarks

kayaking in patagonia crossing from the andes to the atlantic


kayaking in patagonia crossing from the andes to the atlantic

kayaking in patagonia crossing from the andes to the atlantic
In our last day Kayaking we saw some Southern Giant Petrels feeding on a dead whale by the shore
kayaking in patagonia crossing from the andes to the atlantic
And from our camp the Southern Right Whales were giving us a new show, and the cameras were ready to shot the best pictures with the sunset.

Elephants Seal in Caleta Valdes
kayaking in patagonia crossing from the andes to the atlantic
Magellanic Penguin in a Colonie in Caleta valdes

 kayaking in patagonia crossing from the andes to the atlantic



In our last days after a good resting night at the Hosteria Del Nomade in Puerto Piramides we did a land tour to see the open water of the external coast of Peninsula Valdes and all his land and Marine wildlife.



This Program is designed to get to know and to appreciate by kayaking, the three main habitats of Patagonia. The temperate forests in the Andes Mountain Range – the highlight being the ancient Alerce tree, paddling in the lakes that compose Los Alerces National Park and crossing Lakes and Rivers of transparent waters.
We leave the Andes, taken by the waters of the River Chubut crossing the steppe, with it’s magnificent geology represented by big walls that form the homonymous valley. We will dazzle ourselves with imposing landscapes and the continuous turns that the rivers gives along the journey. We will observe several species of birds and characteristic habitats of the patagonian steppe.
To conclude we will arrive to the ocean where we will navigate the waters of the San José gulf. We will enjoy beautiful bays, cliffs loaded with traces of marine life of the past and mainly the marine fauna that is along this costs, such as: sea lions colonies,  elephant seal colonies, colonies of marine birds and the presence of the Southern Right Whale, this being an important reproduction area of this species.
This way we will have carried out a journey along the Geography of the Province of Chubut, fully enjoying vast landscapes in a unique journey in contact with the nature, learning and getting to know in depth.


Trip Overview:
Location: Los Alerces National Park, the Chubut River and Península Valdés, Patagonia, Argentina
Trip length: 15 days, beginning in Esquel, finishing in Trelew or Puerto Madryn
Activity: Sea kayaking / Wilderness camping / Hiking / Wildlife viewing / Cultural experience
Accommodation: Hosteria / Wilderness camp / Eco Lodge
Physical challenge: Low to moderate
Minimum group size: 2
2011 Dates: Nov 7 to Nov 21 2012
2013 Dates: Nov 11 to Nov 25 2013
Price: U$S 3000.- per person.

Trip Features:

- Kayaking in the Los Alerces National Park (lakes and rivers)
- Andes forest and flora sightings
- Patagonian Steppe daily exploration hikes
- Kayaking in the Chubut River
- Kayaking in Nature Reserve at the Golf of San Jose, Peninsula Valdes
- Peninsula Valdes marine wildlife viewing in the Atlantic sea
- Marine and land birdwatching
- The most important population of Southern Right Whales in the Southern Hemisphere
- Imposing landscape and magical Patagonian sunsets




 What’s included?

- Qualified expedition guides
- Entrance fees to the Los Alerces National Park and Peninsula Valdes Nature Reserve
- Accommodation in Villa Rivadavia on Day 1; Eco Lodge in Puerto Piramides on Days 10 and 14
- All group camping and cooking gear.  All group equipment, kayaks, paddles, etc.
- Ground transportation as mentioned in itinerary
- Airport transfers Puerto Madryn / Trelew
- All meals while on the kayak expedition