A tourist writes:
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
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
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
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
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
This exclusive product allows you to visit and step on the famous Cape Horn.
Travel time: approximately 1.5 hours
Trekking Circuit # 1
Note: Omora Park is only 2 kilometers from the Lakutaia Hotel (www.omora.org).
Trekking Circuit # 2
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
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.
The Program is for groups of five for the duration of one week
• Reception at Punta Arenas airport
Program Rate: USD 1.000.-