Patagonian Channels

organized by the association Karukinka

The unspoilt Chilean channels of the extreme south belong to the Cape Horn Biosphere Reserve, recognized by the UNESCO in 2005.

This territory, once inhabited only by the Yaganes, is a setting of islands, fjords, snow-capped peaks, giant glaciers and virgin forests. Wild and difficult to access, these islands have an excellent archaeological and biological heritage, where the purest natural fresh water of our planet flows.

The Grail of Navigators

Patagonia and its famous Cape Horn have fascinated Europe since the 16th century, since the first circumnavigations of Magellan and Elcano, Jofre de Loaisa, Drake, Van Noort, Bougainville, Cavendish, Cook …

So many names that have marked European history and that feed the imagination of these “extraordinary” trips, whether they are linked to the remoteness, the climate or even the human encounters made in these places.

Patagonia was born from “Patagon”, a qualifier given by Antonio Pigafetta, the chronicler of Magellan, to name the inhabitants of the south of the American continent: the Tehuelches. The origin of this word means “people with big feet” and illustrates the difference in stature between the Spaniards and those they considered giants.

Map of the Strait of Magellan by Antonio Pigafetta in 1520

THE FIRST INHABITANTS

Far from being as giant as the chronicles of the time indicated, the local populations were divided between the maritime zones (the channels) and the terrestrial zones (the pampas and mountainous regions).

The southern lands of Hatitelen (more commonly known as the Strait of Magellan) were discovered by man over 10,000 years ago and populated by different ethnic groups with distinct lifestyles: hunter-gatherers and canoe nomads moving from island to island by canoe. The crossroad of these peoples is the Great Island of Tierra del Fuego, divided between Argentina and Chile and where these four groups, who were extremely decimated during the bloody colonization between 1870 and 1920, still coexist. These are the Selk’nam, Haush, Yagan and Kawesqar, numbering today several thousand people who claim their identities and their rights.

From Onashaga to Loköshpi

We help you discover the beauty of the channels in all seasons, from the Beagle Channel to Cape Horn.

We, Alex and Lauriane, have united our skills with the Karukinka association to offer you the unique opportunity to go beyond the beautiful landscapes that will unfold before your eyes throughout your stay. We have studied and explored these wild places steeped in history for years, each time trying a little more to get closer to the knowledge of those who came before us. Based on these experiences, we have taken the step of placing ourselves under the aegis of Karukinka to help you discover these places in all their facets.

Throughout your stay, we organize a variety of activities such as trekking, sea kayaking, different fishing techniques or, if cold water tempts you: snorkeling. If you have specific requests (eg: organization of shipping, access to places requiring special authorizations) the Karukinka association can also assist you in carrying out these projects, whether at logistical or administrative levels and with Chilean and / or Argentinian local authorities.

Thanks to the boat, you will access breathtaking places that no large boat can access. This privilege will be supplemented, for example, by the discovery of certain artisanal techniques (fishing, basketwork, etc.) and the use of local resources (spider crab fishing, picking calafates and chauras).

We are waiting for you to

discover

The glaciers of the Cordillera Darwin and Hoste Island are waiting for you. From 15 days to 3 weeks of breathtaking landscapes, with, weather permitting, the famous Cape Horn.

Explore

Because this is a fabulous adventure playground, prepare your trekking shoes, we take care of preparing the sea kayaks and fishing equipment.

taste

Thousands of years of human occupation have transmitted the knowledge of edibles. Depending on the season, the menu will be centolla, salmon, calafate, etc.

Friendliness on board is the key word and you will be a full member of the crew. You will therefore participate in all life on board tasks, or even, if you wish, in maneuvers.

By our side you can observe whales, seals, southern dolphins and Andean condors, follow in the footsteps of the Yagans and explorers of yesterday and today, and taste the local flavors while admiring the countless facets of the canals of Patagonia. We are already happy to welcome you alone, with family or friends, and to share with you our passion for these preserved places.

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do you dream of casting anchor in the frozen fjords of the 50th Hurlants and tasting the flavors of centolla while admiring gigantic glaciers?

set sail with us!

For 18 days or more, according to requests, we welcome you on board in all seasons.

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