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Tour Laguna San Rafael – 3 Day Photography Trip in the Northern Patagonian Fjords

A 3 day, 2 night photography-centered expedition in the stunning waters of Laguna San Rafael, with an itinerary designed for taking incredible photos of Glaciar San Rafael! New dates coming soon! Please write us to if you would like to book this tour.

USD $575.00

Per Person

Explore the Northern Patagonian Fjords onboard the Patagonia I

Enjoy a full 3-day trip onboard the Patagonia I! You will be able to go through an expedition in the stunning waters of Laguna San Rafael. The Laguna is the perfect place for photography lovers as it offers an amazing view of the Northern Patagonian Fjords.


  • Motorboat trip to the shore
  • Whiskey toast
  • Local guides with years of boating and photography experience
  • For those who set sail from Bahia Exploradores, ground transport from Puerto Rio Tranquilo until Bahia Exploradores
  • For those who set sail from Puerto Aysen, ground transport from Bahia Exploradores to Coyhaique, Puerto Aysen, or another destination along the route

Tour Information

Duration: 3 Days & 2 Nights
Start location: Puerto Aysen or Bahia Exploradores
End location: Coyhaique


Day One

At 7:00 am, you will cast off from Puerto Aysén (from Muelle Rio Los Palos or Rio Aysén). The boat will navigate the dawn with fantastic views all around, crossing La Barra for Acantilada Bay, Isla Carmen, and Isla Partida. You will follow the footprints of the 2007 tsunami that shocked the usually seismically quiet Aysen area by ripping slices of rock face and topsoil off of the hills.

In the afternoon, you will navigate Estero Elefantes, a paradise for magic hour photography, with sunlight piercing slight cloud cover to reflect off the water and illuminate the surrounding mountains. Tonight, you will sleep onboard the Patagonia I in Punta Leopardo, the antechamber of Glaciar San Rafael.

Day Two 

The day begins at 6:00 am, when weather permitting, you will enter Rio Tempanos and approach Laguna and Glacier San Rafael for some photos with perfect lighting. The boat will approach from different angles so that you can get a variety of excellent photos of the stunning, centuries-old ice formation. You will top off the experience with a whiskey and an optional trip to shore for a short hike.

Once everyone is back on board, you will enjoy lunch overlooking the glacier and then head off towards Exploradores Bay, until you reach Punta Caldera, where you will drop anchor and spend the night.

Day 3

At 7:00 am, you will navigate the heavenly delta of Rio Exploradores until you reach Puerto Gross. From there, you will disembark and continue the rest of the journey on land. You will first head for Puerto Tranquilo, stopping at good photo locations along the way. Here, you will be able to take an optional boat trip to Catedrales de Mármol, or continue on the route to the Carretera Austral until Coyhaique, or the Balmaceda airport (will only work for flights leaving after 16:00).

Tour Laguna San Rafael

Two Potential Routes

  • From Puerto Aysen: Canales Australes – Glaciar Laguna San Rafael – Bahía Exploradores; Puerto Rio Tranquilo – Cerro Castillo – Coyhaique
  • From Bahia Exploradores: Puerto Rio Tranquilo – Glaciar Laguna San Rafael – Canales Australes; Puerto Aysen – Coyhaique

What’s Included

  • 2 nights onboard the Patagonia I
  • 3 breakfasts & 3 lunches
  • 2 dinners
    • (All meals are made based on local traditions and ingredients)
  • Beer and wine with meals

What’s Not Included

  • Camera
  • Personal items
  • Insurance

Optional Add-On

  • Tour to the Marble Caves

Important Notes

  • Please note that in order to reserve this tour, we need to pay the operator immediately, so all bookings are final. If you have any questions before booking or want to confirm a certain date, please email us at
  • This tour requires a minimum of 6 people to run – if you are fewer than 6, just email us at and we will see if there is anyone else scheduled for the same dates that you are interested in!
  • The exact itinerary could vary depending on weather conditions
  • If you are planning on arriving in Puerto Aysen 1 or 2 days before the tour, ask us about a free 3rd night on board the Patagonia I! (


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What Happens After I Book?

After you book your experience, you will receive a confirmation email from us confirming that your payment went through. You will then be connected directly to the tour operator, in case you have any further questions. We are also happy to answer any questions about the tour, or travel in general in your country of destination.

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