AKUTAIA is a Subantarctic Lodge, located on Navarino Island, in the southernmost place in Patagonia and the gateway to Cape Horn and Antarctica. We are dedicated to Nature and Special Interest Tourism in one of the most pristine places on the planet according to UNESCO. We invite you to enjoy the programs that our Lodge offers where you can fly over Cape Horn, navigate the Beagle Channel, perform various trekkings and horseback riding, kayak tours and many other activities that, together with comprehensive care, will make your stay the best experience at the end of the world.
Knowing and discovering the white continent has been the dream of many adventurers throughout history. This fascinating land is home to the largest freshwater reserve on the planet, home to countless land and marine fauna. Its peculiar beauty contrasts with the extreme weather conditions, which makes it an exotic and mesmerizing destination for the lucky ones who come to this remote territory.
Day 1- Punta Arenas – Ushuaia
FROM: Punta Arenas:
Fly on Aerovias DAP to Puerto Williams. During the flight enjoy the overwhelming views of amazing landscapes, the Strait of Magellan, the beautiful glaciers of Darwin Mountain Range, and the Beagle Channel. (Flight time will vary from 50 minutes to 1h20, according to the aircraft available on the day). Reception and short transfer to LAKUTAIA LODGE.
FROM : Ushuaia
Immigration process and port-tax payment at Ushuaia’s port in Argentina, sail across the Beagle Channel to reach, after approximately 30 minutes, Puerto Navarino in the Chilean side. The navigation is performed on board a small-size-semi-rigid motor-boat. Upon arrival at Puerto Navarino, you will be transferred on a 54-km/34 mile ride to Puerto Williams (1h40 approx.) to do the immigration process in Chile. Once this process is completed, you will be transferred to LAKUTAIA LODGE to enjoy a welcome aperitif and lunch.
In the afternoon, take one of the excursions offered, and register for the activities to be done, according to your interest, for the upcoming days. At the agreed time, there will be an informative talk about the activities of the great adventure that you will experience on the next day, learning about the history and fauna of the Antarctic, along with a briefing of preparation .Dinner and accommodation at LAKUTAIA LODGE.
Day 2 – Antarctica – Full day Adventure
After breakfast, head for an unforgettable experience flying to the Antarctic, the farthest land on Earth, being the coldest, windiest, driest and less populated land in the world. A continent that has been completely sunk by ice, which has not only shaped its topography, but has also influenced its evolution. The expected journey begins with a fly over Navarino Island, with great views of rivers, stream, hidden lakes and peaks that are part of the amazing Dientes de Navarino Mountain Range. The plane continues flying over the mythical Cape Horn and the raft Drake Passage, to finally land at King George Island, gateway to the white continent, where most of the Antarctic scientific bases are located. Here you can also find the Chilean village “Villa Las Estrellas”. Visit the impressive landscapes of the white continent, see part of its wildlife and experience the daily life of men populating this territory in the name of cience and investigation. Upon landing, you will be welcomed by our Antarctic-expert tour guide, who will take you on a tour visiting the following places:
– Visit the main attraction points of the area.
-Villa Las Estrellas (first settlement inhabited by civilians).
-Lunch or snack according to the day-time and location.
– Navigation on a zodiac boat to Ardley Island to observe Papúa penguin colonies.
– Navigation around Collins Glacier.
– Visit the Orthodox Russian Church (At Bellingshausen Station).
– Fly over the Cape Horn and Dientes de Navarino Mountain Range.
* Places to visit depend exclusively of weather conditions *
After 4 to 5 hours of stay at the White Continent, fly back to Puerto Williams. Receive your Diploma certifying the great adventure of the day! – Dinner and overnight.
DAY 3-4: Puerto Williams
After breakfast, adventure out of the beaten track, according to the activity/excursion you previously registered. Each activity is accompanied by a specialized guide and assisted by the lodge staff. Meals are included.
Day 05 – Puerto Williams/Punta Arenas or Ushuaia
Breakfast. At the agreed time, transfer to the aerodrome to take your flight to Punta Arenas, or to Williams Port Authority Office and then head to Puerto Navarino to sail towards Ushuaia (Argentina).
– Passengers staying in Punta Arenas the night before the program, may receive there the briefing for the trip to Antarctica. Which will be coordinated previously. – Fixed dates will be established for departures in shared basis. – This program operates from December to March on private basis. Subject to airplane availability and weather conditions. Max 6 passengers (airplane capacity). – If weather conditions are not optimal, two more flight attempts will be made in the following days of the program.