This full-day tour to Pali Aike National Park takes you through the immense Patagonian Pampa to a landscape that is dominated by the Pali-Aike Volcanic Field. The last volcanic eruptions in and around Pali Aike National Park happend about 12,000 years ago. This area has also been home to a Paleo-Indian hunter-gatherer people, the forefathers of the Aonikenk, and is one of the earliest proven human settlements in The Americas. We visit: Pali Aike Cave, El Escorial del Diablo (an extinct volcanic crater) and Laguna Ana, which is known for its abundant wildlife, such as guanacos, ñandus (Lesser Rhea), grey foxes and flamencos that live in its surroundings.
Pick up at Hospedaje Magallanes in Punta Arenas about 8:30 a.m. Off we go! We leave Punta Arenas and head out of town towards the North. For most of the day, the landscape is dominated by the seemingly endless, windswept Patagonian Pampa. On the way, stop at San Gregorio. Once a flourishing estancia, today it appear to be a ghost town. Right down on the coast of the Strait of Magellan, check out the wrecks of two ships that we put ashore by a storm. Later, we reach Pali Aike National Park. Join your guide on a gentle walk over an old lava field to look into the mouth of an extinct volcanic crater, El Escorial del Diablo. Visit the Pali Aike Cave and later Laguna Ana. Return to Punta Arenas at about 7:30 p.m.
- Transfers from/to Hospedaje Magallanes
- English speaking tour guide
- Entrance fee to Pali Aike National Park: CLP 3,000 per person
- snacks/lunch (please buy some up front)
- Optional tips to your tour guide and/ or your driver
This full-day tour to Pali Aike National Park departs daily from September through April, but we need a minimum of 4 tour members to realize this tour.
CLP 45,000 per person (about USD 66 – p/p*)
+ Entrance fee to Pali Aike National Park CLP 3,000 (about USD 4 – p/p*)
* 2019 exchange rate