Information of the bridge at Francés River
The 2nd of December, the bridge at Francés River broke, so the W Trek Circuit was closed for 72 hours (you were supposed to cross it the 3rd or 4th day of your W Trek itinerary, from east to west). Fortunately no one got hurt with this situation.
CONAF (the entity that manages the park) has informed that there will be a permanent solution in a few weeks, due to logistics.
From this event, there have been several coordinating meetings, so after the approval from authorities, Fantástico has facilitated one of its boats “Nordenskjöld” from the 5th of December to make the crossing for one side to the other, so from this day the W Trek Circuit is open.
CONAF has marked the trail to the embarking point from “El Italiano” sector, if you have any question you may contact the Ranger located at El Italiano for indications.
The crossing will be made several times a day and Free of charge:
– The Crossing will be through Lake Nordenskjöld from East to West and West to East.
– 8 people maximum per trip
– Duration: 2 min approx.
– Operation Schedule: 10 AM to 16 PM, depending on weather conditions.
– The Nordenskjöld boat has all security requirements: Life vest, VHF radio and experienced and prepared staff.
Please if you have any question, contact us in our sales office, Esmeralda Street 661, Puerto Natales; with your sales executive or ask directly at the front desk of each FS Refugio.