This was an unexpected part of our trip to Grey Glacier. We had hiked the previous day about six miles to the refugio at Grey Glacier. The morning after camping, according to our schedule, we were to catch a boat out of Grey Glacier to reach a car waiting for us at the road.
The catamaran boat picked us up on the beach. The boat was already loaded with tourists. Not hikers, but tourists. There was latin music playing, alcoholic drinks iced with glacier ice had been served, and people crowded small tables inside the boat.
As it turns out, we were catching a ride on a tour boat that took tourists to the front of the glacier. They hadn’t yet reached the glacier when they picked us up, so we got a chance to see Grey Glacier a little closer than we did from the rocks overhead.
We had fun on the boat, though the all-inclusive party barge it was a bit jarring. It was as though we stepped into a completely different type of trip to Torres Del Paine.
Also, after the boat tour, we dropped into the Mylodon caves. This was a great little stop. An easy loop through a massive cave and an informative visitor center. It was a low key activity after a couple of intense days.