Patagonia

Northern Ice Field Cruise - SKORPIOS II

6 days | 5 nights
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Cruise Description

Journey through southern Chile on board the M/V Skorpios II, and embark on a cruise that takes you as far south as Glaciar San Rafael in the Northern Patagonian Ice Field.

Beginning and ending in the Lakes District capital of Puerto Montt, some 1000 km south of Santiago, this 6-day itinerary includes 5 days at sea and covers 1300 km as you journey through vast archipelagos and meandering channels.

Visit Quemchi, a sleepy town on the eastern shores of Chiloé Island, where you'll see its rustic stilt homes and browse the stalls of a handicraft market.

Explore the quaint fishing village of Puerto Aguirre, where fishermen first settled here in 1940, and make your way along an austral forest path to a lookout of the islet dotted waters below.

Visit one of Chile's largest bird colonies on an excursion to Islote Barrientos, a rocky islet inhabited by kelp gulls, rock shags, red-legged cormorants, and imperial shags.

Then reach Glaciar San Rafael, one of the most exciting glaciers to watch because of its constant calving. Stretching for about 120 km and reaching up to 60 m in height, Glaciar San Rafael is accessible only by water.

Relax in the hot springs of Quitralco Bay, and observe blue and humpback whales while crossing the Gulf of Corcovado.

Disembark at Islote Conejos, a destination on this itinerary favored for its biodiversity, and see Magellanic penguins, herons, sea lions, and Chilean dolphins at play. 

Destinations

Patagonia

Trip at a glance

Visits

CHILOÉ ISLAND: Quemchi, Puerto Aguirre, Islote Barrientos, San Rafael Glacier, Quitralco Bay, Islote Conejos

Trip details

Itinerary

Day 1 CHILOÉ ISLAND, QUEMCHI

Afternoon

At 12:00 pm, weigh anchor from Puerto Montt (Passengers should be on board one hour before the sailing). Sailing through the archipelago of Llanquihue with sight on the city of Calbuco. Ancud Gulf. At 4:30 pm, arrival in Quemchi on the island of Chiloé. Disembark on small boats towards the picturesque village where you can visit a handicraft market, cafes, the museum of the Chilean author Francisco Coloane and stroll around the beautiful streets. At 6:30 pm, we continue sailing south along the archipelago of Chiloé, crossing the Gulf of Corcovado at midnight.

Evening

Overnight onboard

MEALS
  • Lunch on board
  • Dinner on board

Day 2 CHONOS ARCHIPELAGO, ISLOTE BARRIENTOS

Morning

From 8:00 am, navegation through the channels of Moraleda and Ferronave. Arrival at the fishing village of Puerto Aguirre at 11:00 am. Disembarking in this village enclosed by the Chonos archipelago. Walk through the streets, passing a typical Patagonian rainforest arriving at a lookout.

Afternoon

At 1:30 pm, we continue the navigation through the channels of Ferronave, Pilcomayo and Casma. At, 4:00 pm, arrival at Islote Barrientos, where we disembark to smaller boats approaching the rock formations to visit one of the largest bird colonies in Chile, counting Kelp Gulls, Rock shags, Red-legged shags and Imperial shags. These birds are accompanied by South American fur seals.

Evening

We will be heading South arriving approximately at 10:00 pm in Caleta Quesahuen or Punta Leopardos which is 20 nautical miles from the Glacier of San Rafael.

Overnight onboard

MEALS
  • Breakfast on board
  • Lunch on board
  • Dinner on board

Day 3 SAN RAFAEL LAGOON AND GLACIER

Morning

At 7:30 am, crossing the channel of Tempanos to the entrance of the lagoon San Rafael. At 9:00 am, the vessel anchors at 2 km. from the glacier. Boat excursions among the multicolored icebergs take place as weather conditions allow so.

Afternoon

At 2:30 pm, the ship approaches the glacier. We will then be setting sails in direction of Quitralco-Fjord.

Evening

 

Overnight onboard

MEALS
  • Breakfast on board
  • Lunch on board
  • Dinner on board

Day 4 HOT SPRINGS, QUITRALCO

Morning

At 8:00 am, berth at the pier of Quitralco. After breakfast you will be able to enjoy inside and outside hot springs with temperatures of 32º C and 38º C. If weather allows, there will be boat excursions to the inside of the Fjord.

Afternoon

At 5:00 pm, sailing towards Chiloé, navigating through the channels of Moraleda and Pérez Norte.

Evening

At 12:15 am, we navigate through the channel of Leucayec.

Overnight onboard.

MEALS
  • Breakfast on board
  • Lunch on board
  • Dinner on board

Day 5 LEMUY AND CHELINS ISLANDS, DELCAHUE

Morning

We will be crossing the Gulf of Corcovado at around 5:30am. If you are lucky, you will be able to observe humpbacks or blue whales. We then continue sailing along the east coast of Chiloé, arriving at 11:00 am at Islote Conejos, in the channel Queilen. Disembarking on small boats visiting the island inhabited by Magellan penguins and birds.

Afternoon

At 1:00 pm, sail through the islands of Lemuy and Chelín. Arrival in Dalcahue at 4:30 pm, where you can visit the handicraft market, the church, and stroll along the promenade.

Evening

Farewell party while we leave towards Puerto Montt at 11:00 pm.

Overnight onboard

MEALS
  • Breakfast on board
  • Lunch on board
  • Captain's Dinner on board (formal clothes only)

Day 6 PUERTO MONTT

Morning

At 9:00 am, disembark in Puerto Montt.

MEALS
  • Breakfast on board

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Services

What's included

Accommodation

Nights
5 nights onboard Skorpios II

Meals

Full board plan
5 breakfasts + 5 lunches + 5 dinners

Transportation

Cruise
Skorpios II M/V

Orientation

Guide
English-speaking Guide for all mentioned excursions

Entrance Fees

Entrance fees included for all sites mentioned

What's not included

  • Port tax (40 USD/person)
  • Domestic Flights
  • International Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Extra Meals
  • Drinks
  • Tips

Dates and Prices

Arrival date

Important notes

When traveling to Patagonia, we recommend you bring:

  • a warm and waterproof jacket (Gore-Tex)
  • a pair of gloves
  • a wool hat, a scarf
  • quality sunglasses
  • sunblock
  • a daily backpack
  • hiking/walking waterproof shoes
  • binoculars
  • a medical kit
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