Escape to Isla Riesco
Get off the beaten tourist track to immerse yourself in the wild beauty of the Patagonian countryside with this escape to a working estancia.
Runs October through March
Duration: 3 Days 2 Nights Cost: $900 USD
Max Passengers: 10
Experience true Magellanic culture and wilderness on this three day escape to little known Isla Riesco, home to beautiful Estancia Sutivan and your Patagonian adventure.
Hike along with your expert guides to explore ancient archaeological sites, pristine coastline, and hidden valleys seen by only a select few on this adventure off the beaten track and into the heart of Chilean Patagonia.
Sleep in comfort in the beautifully furnished outbuildings of the patrimonial farmhouse. Enjoy traditional food, camaraderie, and adventure as you witness firsthand the life of the Patagonian gaucho, little changed from the first days of ranching in this remote southern region.
This exclusive small-group experience gives you an inside look at the real Patagonia, in a secret Southern paradise for you to discover.
This tour includes:
Meals, snacks, and beverages typical of the region
Transportation from your hotel
Use of Trekking Pole
Use of Binoculars
Use of Telescope
Use of Birding Guide
This tour does not include:
Transportation to/from the airport (exceptions may apply
Note: Itinerary subject to change based on roads and climatic conditions
1: Pickup: 07:00- 07:30
Get picked up early from your hotel or accommodation by your guide and your professional driver to begin your adventure to the secret Paradise of Isla Riesco.
2: Rio Verde: 09:00-09:30
Stop at the tiny farming village of Rio Verde to await the ferry that will transport you and your fellow explorers across the water to the adventure that awaits you on Isla Riesco.
4: Estancia Tour: 10:30-12:00
Arrive at our beautiful hidden refuge and delight in learning the ropes of life on Estancia Sutivan with a tour of the property. Hear about the difficulties of making a living in this remote place, and about the tough work the gauchos do to keep things running smoothly.
5: Lunch 12:00-13:00
Tuck into a delicious Patagonian lunch in the farmhouse before being shown to your cabaña to relax and unwind for a bit.
6: Valleyview Hike: 14:00-16:30
Hike alongside Sutivan's hidden valley, with its long views of the distant glaciers in the South. Walk among old-growth Lenga and Ñirre as you explore your secluded island paradise.
6: Dinner: 18:00-19:00
Come together with your fellow explorers for food, camaraderie, stories and laughs over a hearty meal typical of our region.
7: Stargazing: 22:00*
Far from the city, the stars shine bright here on Isla Riesco. Learn about the night skies of the south and wish on shooting stars as you take in the magic of the Patagonian skies.
*Subject to weather and light conditions
1: Breakfast: 09:30- 10:30
Wake up to a warm breakfast in the farmhouse and eat heartily to prepare for a fun day of hiking ahead.
2: Coastline Hike: 10:30-16:30
Leave civilization at your back as you set out among the bodies of ancient Lenga trees to follow the coastline to the old-growth forests beyond. Experience the beauty of the Seno Otway and the magic of Patagonia's fjords as you travel this little- known path with your expert guide, stopping for a picnic lunch before heading home for some well-deserved rest.
3: Dinner: 18:00
Enjoy another home-cooked meal in the Estancia kitchen as you relive your day's adventure and swap stories with your fellows.
1: Brunch: 10:30- 11:30
Rise and shine for a delicious farm brunch on your final day on Estancia Sutivan. Take time to enjoy your coffee and your final few hours in this idyllic escape before we head back to Punta Arenas and civilization.
2: Return to Punta Arenas: 13:30-15:30
Leave Sutivan and Isla Riesco behind as we make our way back to Punta Arenas, civilization, and wherever your Patagonian adventure takes you next!