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The Trip-Finder, January 1998

Cruising or Paddling the Fjords of Pumalin Park

Outfitter Departures Price Accommodations
Altue Expeditions
4 $1,490 camping, tourist hotels,
boat accommodations
800-447-1483, 707-923-3001
7 $725 camping, tourist hotels,
boat accommodations
Latin American Escapes
800-510-5999, 510-935-5241
On demand $1,385-$2,200 camping, tourist hotels,
boat accommodations

The Route: A five- to 12-day expedition by kayak or sailboat along the remote coastline of a new 800,000-acre park created by American clothing mogul Doug Tompkins, with hikes to old-growth forests and hot springs.

When to go: November to March

Difficulty: Moderate

Travel advisory: Stronger kayakers should choose the Altue Expeditions or Latin American Escapes trips, which have several long point-to-point paddling legs. Ecolé clients make only short day-trips from the mother ship, a 65-foot sailboat.

High/low points:

  • Soaking in Cahuelmó Hot Springs, rock hot tubs carved by ancient Indians.
  • Discovering at 4 a.m. that you have pitched your tent below the notoriously fickle high-tide line.

Copyright 1998, Outside magazine

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