The classic San Rafael Glacier route is a breathtaking trip through Patagonian glaciers and lands of myths and legends. Share in the history of isolated villages and meet the people who inhabit this unforgiving part of the world. From the comfort of your cabin, watch the Patagonian landscape slip slowly by. The cruise departs from Puerto Montt, located 1,000 km south of Santiago, at the southern end of the Northern Patagonian Ice field. A voyage on board allows you to navigate 800 miles through gulfs, channels and the Llanquihue, Chiloé, Chonos and Aysén archipelagos. You will visit the village of Puerto Aguirre and the mythical city of Castro in Chiloe. Lastly, you will explore the spectacular San Rafael Glacier as well as the Quitralco Fjord. During the journey you will be attended by an experienced crew, enjoying an excellent gastronomic experience savouring the best regional cuisine based on sea and meat products of the area. Throughout your journey, you will be accompanied by the finest Chilean wines. The M/V Skorpios II has 53 cabins and a capacity for up to 106 passengers. Cabins have queen size beds or double beds distributed in 5 decks.
Transfer to the Skorpios Terminal for check in this morning and then board your Skorpios II cruise.
At 12:00pm we weigh anchor from the dock in Puerto Montt and begin sailing through the Llanquihue Archipelago. You’ll catch sight of Calbuco City, Ancud Gulf and the Chiloe Archipelago as we sail south. We’ll cross the Corcovado Gulf at about midnight tonight.
This morning we navigate through the Moraledaa and Ferronave Channels; we’ll arrive at the fishing village of Puerto Aguirre at around 11:00am. After visiting the village we continue sailing through the Ferronave, Pilcomayo and Costa Channels. After dinner this evening we’ll anchor at Hualas Cove or Punta Leopardas, just 20 nautical miles from the San Rafael Glacier.
Early this morning we join the San Rafael Lagoon and Tempanos Channel. Once in the lagoon, we will anchor about 2km away from the glacier. Time to get ready for boat excursions that will take you to some stunning icebergs (weather permitting). Later this afternoon the Skorpios II will approach the glacier for on board views, and then set sail for the Quitralco Fjord.
This morning we harbor at Quitralco pier. After breakfast you will have the option to disembark and bathe at local thermal hot springs. The water temperatures reach 32ºC in covered and outdoor pools. Weather permitting, we’ll take boat excursions in motorboats through the inside of the fjord.
This evening we set sail towards Chiloe, navigating the Moraleda and Perez Norte Channels.
This morning we sail back through the Corcovado Gulf. Keep your eyes peeled for humpback and blue whales. Sometimes they are spotted in this area. This afternoon, continue sailing the eastern coast of Chiloe Island, arriving in the pretty city of Castro . We’ll disembark for a chance to explore this remote village. This evening we’ll enjoy a farewell party with Captain’s dinner and dance on board. We’ll sail through the night towards Puerto Montt, passing through Lemuy, Dalcahue and Quicavii Channels.
This morning your Skorpios II cruise finishes at the pier in Puerto Montt. After breakfast we commence disembarkation (around 09:00am).