Connecting history with nature
Man has sailed on the Strait of Magellan from at least 4000 years, little we know about those prehistoric navigators, forefathers of the Kawesqar (which means men wearing skin, according to Madame Emperaire) the local inhabitants of the Straits and the Channels west and north previous to the discovery of the pass by white men. The Kawesqar in their delicate canoes travelled from bay to bay hunting and gathering food, mainly sea mammals and shellfish, their quiet subsistence lifestyle was threatened once Europeans discovered this bioceanic pass.
Once Ferdinand of Magellan discovers the Straits the 21st of October of 1520, a new route is opened for Europe, one that shall be explored by Spaniards, British, Dutch and French. During the second half of the 19th century the Straits of Magellan was one of the most important marine routes, connecting East and West of the United States of America, till the Panama Channel was built in 1914, this caused the decrease in marine traffic and the Straits entered a marine lethargy. Today the Straits is an active route for Cruise Ships visiting Antarctic and South America.
Sea Kayaking is now the enjoyable and safe way to navigate the Strait of Magellan from the perspective the early Kawesqar experienced. Sailing the same path´s that Europeans explorers did for the past 5 centuries.
Sea Kayaking connects us in a quiet and magical way to nature, it is possible to see sea lions, dolphins and sea birds; thanks to the silent navigation we can get within a few meters from these animals, many times it is them that get close to observe these strange vessels.
From Punta Arenas it is possible to hire sea kayak half or full day excursions, also several day expeditions; visiting places that are not accessible by vehicle as Faro San Isidro Lighthouse or the mythical Froward Cape, southernmost point of continental America. Punta Arenas is also the starting place for exploring the southern fiords and austral channels, pristine places where few have been, where glaciers and thick forests meet the sea.
KAYAK AGUA FRESCA, invites you to experience the Straits of Magellan as the original Kawesqar did. Using high technical outwear and experienced and certified guides.