This 6-day/5/night journey on board the Skorpios II will carry you through the ice fields of Chile’s northern Patagonia, where you can visit majestic fiords and witness some of the world's largest glaciers outside of the Polar Regions. The cruise covers 800 miles for a magical encounter with the age-old ice formations of the San Rafael Glacier as you sail through astounding archipelagos, channels and gulfs in this rarely visited section of the world. Here, you can spot Humpback and Blue whales from the ship’s deck, and go ashore to find an abundance of Magellanic penguins and other species of Patagonian wildlife. Traveling on the Skorpios II, you will lift anchor from the seaside city of Puerto Montt to begin one of the most scenic voyages in Chilean waters. En route, you will have the opportunity to visit the Chiloe Archipelago, as well as experience the scenic and virtually unknown fishing villages of Puerto Aguirre, Castro and others. You will also be able to enjoy the hot-spring thermal baths of Quitralco, located along the route to the San Rafael Glacier. Finally reaching this massive body of solid ice, you will discover that it still conserves the magic of the natural environment, which is why San Rafael Glacier is indisputably one of the most beautiful landscapes in Chile.
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AM: Weighing anchor at 12:00 noon, the ship will leave the Skorpios Terminal in Puerto Montt, sailing through the Llanquihue archipelago. On the way, you can catch sight of the town of Calbuco.
PM: Reaching the Ancud Gulf at around 16:30hrs, we will pass the town of Quemchi, on Chiloe lsland. Later, we will disembark on boats to visit the picturesque village of Chilote. There, you will be able to visit the handicrafts market, as well as experience the quaint streets and coffees shops, and stop by the museum-house of Chilean writer Francisco Coloane. At 18:30 hrs, we will continue sailing south through the Chiloe Archipelago, crossing the Corcovado Gulf at midnight.
AM: By 8:00 hrs this morning, we will sail through the Moraleda and Ferronave channels to arrive at the fishing village of Puerto Aguirre at 11:00 hrs. We will disembark in this village, situated in the Chonos archipelago. Here, you will have a chance to walk the streets, visit the lookouts and stroll along a rainforest path that is typical of the region.
PM: At 13:00 hrs we will continue sailing, passing through the Ferronave, Pilcomayo and Costa channels. At 17:30 hrs, we will reach Punta Pescadores, and disembark on this beach that consists of small stones. Walking about 2 km to the south, you can enjoy the natural environment of this area, particularly its Patagonian plants and animal life. At 20:00 hrs, the ship will up-anchor and head south. At around 22:00 hrs, we will reach the Caleta Quesahuen inlet or Punta Leopardos point, 20 nautical miles from the San Rafael Glacier.
AM: This morning, at 7:30 hrs, we will cross the entrance of the San Rafael Lagoon and the Tempanos channel. At 9:00 hrs, the Skorpios II will enter the San Rafael Lagoon and anchor just 2 kms from the San Rafael Glacier. Weather permitting, boat excursions will carry passengers up close for amazing views of the area’s multicolored icebergs.
PM: At 15:30 hrs, the ship will navigate even closer to the glacier, and at 17:00 hrs, we will set sail for the Quitralco fjord.
AM: At 8:00 hrs this morning, the ship will berth at the Quitralco pier. After breakfast, passengers can take hot-spring baths in volcanically-heated, covered, outside pools that reach temperatures of between 32ºC and 38ºC. If the weather permits, passengers can go on motorboat excursions within the fjord.
PM: At 17:00 hrs, we will begin sailing to Chiloe, navigating through the Moraleda and Perez Norte channels.
AM: At 8:00 hrs, we will sail through Leucayec Channel, which will allow partial views of the lakeside village of Melinka, which was once a hideout for fearsome pirates. Later, as we cross the Corcovado Gulf, you will have a chance to spot Humpback and Blue whales. We will continue sailing along the eastern coast of Chiloe lsland, reaching lslote Conejos at 11:00 hrs. Passengers will be able to disembark in expedition boats to visit the surrounding area and see Magellanic penguins and numerous other bird species.
PM: At 13:00 hrs, we will sail between Lemuy and Chelín islands. Arriving at Dalcahue at 17:00 hrs, we will disembark and visit this town. We recommend that you visit the handicrafts market, and the church, as well as walk along the promenade. At 23:00 hrs we will set sail to return to Puerto Montt. This evening passengers can enjoy a dinner-dance farewell party.
AM: At 8:00 hrs, the Skorpios II will dock at the Skorpios Terminal pier in the city of Puerto Montt. After a 9:30 hrs breakfast, the passengers will disembark the Skorpios II.
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Note: The program and timetables may vary depending on weather conditions or force majeure. Likewise, debarkation and sailing duration will depend on the authorization of the skipper, who will evaluate safety and ice conditions in each place.
|Price per person|
|High Season||US$ 2,300||US$ 1,600||US$ 1,800||US$ 2,200||US$ 1,500||US$ 3,300||US$ 1,700||US$ 2,450||US$ 2,350||US$ 1,650||US$ 1,850|
|Low Season||US$ 2,100||US$ 1,500||US$ 1,700||US$ 2,000||US$ 1,400||US$ 3,000||US$ 1,600||US$ 2,250||US$ 2,150||US$ 1,550||US$ 1,750|
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