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HOTEL LAKUTAIA


 
 

 

Air circuits by helicopter and/or airplane from Puerto Williams to the Cape Horn Island and fly fishing in nearby lakes

   

Reserve of the Biosphere. Visit Omora Park and learn about the incredible variety of plants in the last spot of Patagonia.

             
 

Lakutaia Hotel, located in the southernmost point of the American continent, in Navarino Island, Magellan’s region, Chile.

 
 

Navigation programs from Puerto Navarino to Wulaia and/ or the majestic Darwin Mountains, glaciers and fjords of Tierra Del Fuego .

             

"A single glance at the landscape was sufficient to show me how widely different it was from anything I had ever beheld." ..... Charles Darwin, on Tierra Del Fuego

 

Lakutaia is the sum of two Yamana words: Lakuta + aia. The first is the name that the Yamana people gave to the Imperial Cormorant (Phalacrocorax Atriceps) and the second means bay, that is to say, Lakuta Bay.

Lakutaia Le Kipa, was the last descendant of the Yamana people of the Wollaston Islands. The Yamana tradition was to name them after the place they were born, adding to the women’s name the word “Le Kipa”. This touristic centre has been named Lakutaia to honour her.

Lakutaia is located in the middle of a constellation of beautiful islands crowned by the mythical Cape Horn at the end of the American continent, named by Lucas Bridges, “The Uttermost Part of the Earth”.


 


Staying at Lakutaia Hotel allows you to visit places of unparallel beauty. You will enjoy the Majestic Darwin Mountain crowned by innumerable glaciers. In the southernmost point of Tierra del Fuego island, you will be able to navigate through intricate channels, breathtaking fjords and the mythical Cape Horn, landmark of sailboats lovers from all over the world.

Travel Darwin's Route plus the Glaciers and Fjords of Tierra Del Fuego- Explore the Southermost Places on Earth.


Lakutaia Hotel has 24 comfortable double rooms with private bath, central heating, international and typical regional cuisine, spacious halls for a comfortable stay and a nice library –map place where guests can look for all the topics related to ethnic groups, botany, fauna and geography of this southern region.


A tourist writes:


We spent a December week in Puerto Williams staying at Hosteria Wala (Now the new bigger and beautifully renovated Lakutaia) , a roomy tourist hotel occuping a secluded spot in the countryside overlooking an inlet halfway between town and airport.

Its huge lounge-cum-dining area is surrounded by picture windows giving an unrestricted view of the Fuegian mountains with glaciated tops and ever-changing weather patterns. In an afternoon you can watch a snow storm, rain, swirling mist followed by sunshine with a repeat performance!

Nearby a family of cauquénes (upland geese) strut around the grassy slope leading down to the inlet and jetty. The foothills are beech-clad but the forest soon gives way to rounded tussocky tops with rocky outcrops, near enough to suggest an easy hike on a fine day.

Cerro Bandera (590 metres) is closest, accessible from the valley of the Rio Ukika. Patches of snow lie on the summit ridge which gives access to the daunting Cordon de los Dientes (string of teeth) an 8km long serrated ridge of icy peaks that attract mountaineers from afar. Fit backpackers come here to do "The Dientes Circuit" a tough 5-day hike around the mountainous centre of Isla Navarino with campsites beside unspoilt lakes and streams.

We explore stony beaches on the way to the Centolla Factory which processes large crabs. Old gun emplacements point menacingly across the Beagle Channel, where last century (1830) Charles Darwin and Captain Fitz Roy, in the sailing ship "The Beagle" were the first white men to navigate these waters. Little streams tumble down from the mountains and disappear into beech forest swamps inhabited by beavers and muskrats that came originally from Canada.

The town was founded as a radio station in 1953 and later developed as a naval base. Old style bungalows for the navy families are of wood with corrugated iron roofs painted bright red or blue. A smoking chimney pipe signifies a wood burning stove and cozy kitchen inside whereas outside each has a pile of firewood, a flagpole and dog kennel. Huge steel ship containers are set nearby, a reminder of the itinerant naval lifestyle. Many modern, two-storey apartment blocks heated by natural gas have been built, so an expansion of the base is in progress.

Club de Yates Micalvi
Travellers naturally gravitate to the yacht club which is the social centre for yachties, tourists and Chilean naval personnel living closeby. This unique club is the last stop for yachties hell-bent in sailing to Cape Horn and Antarctica. Club de Yates Micalvi occupies the top decks of a sunken 850 ton freighter which lies in a sheltered inlet connected to land by a bridge. Multimillion dollar cruising yachts tie-up alongside, refuel, reprovision with sheep carcasses hanging from the rigging.

Visitors are welcome. The cozy lounge bar has a crackling wood fire and light meals are served. We met yachties from USA, Norway, Brazil, etc who had sailed south through the Chilean fiords, or from the Atlantic, heading for Antarctica.

You can explore the Beagle Channel in style aboard the 100+ passenger cruise ships Mare and Via Australis which does the round trip from Punta Arenas to Puerto Williams via Ushuaia within a week, visiting the glacier-fed fiords of the Mt Darwin Cordillera on the way.



Navigation Program # 1
DARWIN MOUNTAIN

We embark in Puerto Navarino, in a sailboat for 8 people, to Caleta Olla on the coast of Tierra del Fuego. After approximately three hours of navigation we disembark for a typical Patagonian barbecued. In the afternoon, we arrive in Caleta Olla, place that we reach after approximately three hours of navigation, where we will spend the night. The following day we disembark with a box lunch for walking towards the Italia and Holanda Glacier, imposing presence of millenary glaciers of the Darwin Mountain. Afterwards we take our sailboat back to Puerto Navarino, place that we reach after approximately 5 hours of navigation.

Travel time: 2 days, 1 night

 

Navigation Program # 2
WULAIA

We embark in Puerto Navarino to Wulaia, site of special beauty of the northwestern coast of Navarino island, cradle of great part of the Anglican missionary work with the Yamana people. Once we disembark in this beautiful place, we climb up the mountain to contemplate the impressive landscape of Hoste island (which inspired Jules Verne in his book "The survivors of the Jonathan"), the Wollaston islands and Nassau bay.

Travel time: 1 day

 

Air Circuit # 1
Aeroplane overflight

It consists on a flight departing from Puerto Williams, flying over part of the Beagle Channel, then towards south, Murray Channel, Wulaia, Hoste and the Wollaston islands to finally sight the legendary Cape Horn. The return will be by the Eastern side of Navarino Island, flying over Picton, Nueva and Lennox Islands to land in Puerto Williams, after approximately 1.5 hours flight.

Air Circuit # 2
Cape Horn in helicopter

This exclusive product allows you to visit and step on the famous Cape Horn.
We take off from Puerto Williams in a helicopter operated by Aerovías DAP and we stay in the Cape Horn Island for approximately 15 minutes to contemplate the immensity of the confluence of the Pacific and Atlantic oceans and the stormy Drake Sea.

Travel time: approximately 1.5 hours

Trekking Circuit # 1
Omora Park – Kipa Akar
Biological and Cultural Diversity
The Omora Park allows you to appreciate in a beautiful circuit of 1.5 – 3 hours of trekking, a synthesis of the diversity of the sub Antarctic ecosystems. The tour is completed and complemented with a visit to Kipa Akar, a factory of Yagan handycfraft , located in Villa Ukika-Puerto Williams.

Note: Omora Park is only 2 kilometers from the Lakutaia Hotel (www.omora.org).

Trekking Circuit # 2
Omora Park
Long walk River Robalo-Dientes de Navarino

This circuit leads us towards the high parts of the Omora Park, in the river basin of the Róbalo River towards the base of the main mountain range of Navarino Island, "Dientes de Navarino"(Teeth-like peaks). It allows us to cross the humid forests, the singular Andean vegetation, cushion plants and prairies of lichens, and to observe unique birds like the Yal Cordillerano (Melanodera Xanthogramma) and the Perdicita Cordillerana Austral (Attagis Malouinus). Magnificent view of the mountainous peaks and the Beagle channel.

This long walk can be done in 1 day (8 to 10 hours) through a footpath of moderate difficulty that raises next to the beautiful Róbalo River.


The Lakutaia Fly Fishing Program

8 Days, 7 Nights in Lakutaia
(November 2006 / March 2007)

The Lakutaia Fly Fishing Program allows you to practice your sport in the southernmost rivers and lakes in the world, adjacent to the legendary Cape Horn . With just a 30 minute helicopter flight, you can reach extraordinary fishing sites such us the lakes rojas, pollollo, windhond and navarino as well as their connecting rivers.

Rainbow and Brown trout populate these waters, which are virtually inaccessable land and seldom visited with specimens registered up to seven kilograms and abundant between one and a half to three kilograms.

PROGRAM

The Program is for groups of five for the duration of one week
and consists of :

• Reception at Punta Arenas airport
• One night with Hotel and meals in Punta Arenas
• Flight Punta Arenas-Puerto Williams-Punta Arenas
• Lodging, breakfast, drinks and dinner at Lakutaia Lodge
• Daily flights by helicopter to and from fishing areas
• Picnic lunch served at fishing site
• Fishing guide

Schedule
•Sunday: Arrive at Punta Arenas. Lodging at Hotel Jose Nogueira
•Monday: Flight to Puerto Williams. Arrival Lakutaia Lodge
•Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday: Out fishing
•Monday. Return flight to Punta Arenas airport

Program Rate: USD 1.000.-
per person per day in single room

 

 
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