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Laguna San Rafael, Puerto Chacabuco

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Come face to face with a 30,000-year-old glacier at Laguna San Rafael, a bioreserve located in Chile's northern ice field. Traversing the diverse landscapes of the UNESCO-protected reserve, including wetlands and a pristine rainforest, you can observe the region's main attraction, the San Valentín glacier. Reaching an imposing 4,058 m (13,313 ft), the glacier ranks as the highest point in the Southern Andes. Though trips to the reserve were previously time-consuming and expensive, the construction of a new 77 km (47 mi) road now allows for exploration of the biodiverse trails surrounding the glacier. Using our custom trip planner, Puerto Chacabuco attractions like Laguna San Rafael can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Laguna San Rafael 12 entertaining hours on the ride through the Chilean fjords to approximately 120 km away with the glacier calving into the sea, which is closest to the equator. Impressive approximation of the turquoise-blue wall of demolition with inflatable boats. This spectacular breaking of smaller icebergs in eerie crash can be experienced intensely. On board, there's good food on the way back, and an open bar. This includes also the Whiskey on the famous Millennium ice.
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  • The glacier you can get only by water. Tours will organize two regional companies. If you make the right choice of tour operator, you will receive the highest level of service, meals and guides.
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  • We took an excursion organized by the Hotel Loberias del Sur, leaving at 7:30 and returning to 8:00 pm. Too long, but it's worth a visit to the San Rafael glacier. The catamaran is served breakfast, lunch and snack/cocktail. Good structure and organization.
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