A trek for the truly adventurous! Cabo Froward is the Southernmost point on mainland America and reaching it is not easy. This expedition-style trek will take you through tangled forests, along long, rocky stretches of coastline, through mushy peat bogs and across rivers. The adventure is both physical and mental as you will climb, you will fall, you will get wet, you will stay wet.
In addition to the challenges this trek is incredibly rewarding. The hike takes you along the Magellan Strait which is both rich with history and one of the most remote hikes you can experience in Southern Patagonia. The trek boasts stunning views of Tierra del Fuego and Isla Dawson. If you’re lucky you may also find yourselves accompanied by some of the regions wildlife such as dolphins, whales, penguins, sea lions and a number of impressive bird species.
Day 1: Begin your hike along the shores of the Magellan Strait.
Puerto Natales – Rio Yumbel
After an early breakfast you will depart with your guide by bus from Puerto Natales to the neighboring city of Punta Arenas, about a 3-hour bus ride. Once you arrive you will meet your transfer which will take you to the trailhead about an hour south of city. Today’s hike starts with a stretch along the rocky shores of the Magellan Strait. After about 1.5 hours of hiking you’ll reach the former maritime museum and San Isidro Lighthouse. After a short break you will continue hiking for about 2.5 hours, winding in and out of the Austral forest and the rocky beach until you reach the first night’s camp at Rio Yumbel. Here you’ll find an old abandoned house, once a settler’s home is now a shelter to adventurers from all over the world.
*In case you want to start the trip from Punta Arenas we can also organize it.
Day 2: Challenge yourself in difficult terrain.
Rio Yumbel – Rio Nodales
Today will be a day of challenges! After breakfast and packing up camp you will begin your hike. Because you will be crossing a major river today, your start time will vary depending on the day’s tide schedule, ideally hitting the river at low tide. You begin the day by hiking through Patagonia’s only Cyprus forest. At the top you may take a rest with views of the Nassau Islands as well as the Dawson and Darwin mountain ranges. Continuing on you move forward into the turba or peat bog, a most challenging type of terrain for hiking. Hiking though the turba is wet, mushy, and takes a lot of energy! After a stop for lunch you will prepare for the most exciting part of the day, a river crossing. Depending on the tide you may need to walk with your bag over your head, or you may need to swim! Regardless of the tide, the unpredictability of the Patagonian weather, and it’s strong winds, are sure to make this part of the day an adventure. After crossing the river and drying off you’ll move forward for another few hours along the beach, climbing over rocks and boulders to reach your camp, where you will stay for the next two nights.
Day 3: Hike to the famous Southern Cross!
Today’s adventure will be an attempt to reach the Southernmost point on mainland America. You will leave your camp behind for the day and hike with only daypacks, but not without first tying up all your belongings in the trees! Foxes are known to come by looking for leftover food if you aren’t careful. You start today with yet another river crossing and a lengthy hike across the rocky coast, at times winding in through the forest where the tide has taken over the coastline. Along the way you will get your first views of the metal cross, Cruz de los Mares, or cross of the seas. The final ascent to the cross is a grueling 45 minutes of uphill hiking, the final portion along a steep set of metal stairs. At the top you will see where the seas meet, Atlantic and Pacific unite. After taking in the breathtaking views, you will take your great feeling of accomplishment back to camp, returning the same way that you came.
Day 4: Backtrack along the Magellan Strait
Rio Nodales – Rio Yumbel
Today after breaking down camp you will return along the trail that brought you here, either staying in Rio Yumbel or another location, depending on the weather, the tide, the group and your guide. You will backtrack through the obstacles, climbing rock faces, crossing rivers, and traversing the turba.
Day 5: Return to Puerto Natales
After a few hours hike out of the winding forests and long rocky beaches you will find yourself amazed and what you have accomplished and happy to be welcomed back into the warmth of society. Once you emerge from the trailhead your transfer will be waiting to take you back to Punta Arenas where you will catch a bus back to Puerto Natales.More...
- Extension : 52 miles
- Elevation : At the sea level
- Available from : October to April
- Duration : 5 days
- Required : personal trekking gear + sleeping bag
- Important : Recommended travel insurance
- Transfer to and from Punta Arenas and Cabo Froward trailhead
- Bus to and from Puerto Natales and Punta Arenas
- Dinner on days 1-4
- Lunch on days 1-5
- Breakfast on days 2-5
- Trip briefing with guide day before trip starts (18:00)
- Sleeping mat
- Shared tent (2 per tent)
- Porter(s) for 5 days of hiking (carry food, cooking gear and camping gear)
- 5 Guided days of hiking to Cabo Froward
This excursion can depart from Puerto Natales, as indicated in the itinerary, or from Punta Arenas. Once the purchase of the tour is made, we will contact you to define the departure of the transfer that takes us to the beginning of the trail.
Read our Terms and Conditions where our cancellation policies and changes are defined. Always remember to plan your trips in advance.