The cruise covers 800 miles for a magical encounter with the age-old ice formations of the Glaciar San Rafael, sailing through awesome archipelagos, channels and gulfs to tour this incredible territory that includes towns like Castro and the fishing village of Puerto Aguirre, which display the natural wonders of a vigorous landscape and wildlife which is best appreciated at Fiordo Quitralco with its hot springs and excursions to its vast island-peppered sea.

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Why We Love It

QUINTUPEU, a fjord next to Puerto Montt with enormous mountains that mark the beginning of the Chilean fjords.

The ice of the Glaciar San Rafael are more than 30,000 years old. Its front is 2 km wide and its towers soar to over 70 m and sink 230m under the sea

Chiloé is a land of myths and legends like the trauco and the ghost ship “Caleuche”; a land of seafood, apple cider and potatoes.

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Chonos Classic Route

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Day 1

Puerto Montt

Please make your way to the Puerto Montt Skorpios Pier to embark on the Skorpios II.  Sailing at midday through the Llanquihue archipelago. Sighting of the town of Calbuco, Golfo de Ancud, Archipelago de Chiloé, crossing the Golfo Corcovado at midnight. (L)(D)

Day 2

Cruising

Sailing through Moraleda and Ferronave Channels. Arrival at the fishing village of Puerto Aguirre. The cruise will stop over for one and a half hours here, departing at 12:30 hrs.  Continue sailing through the Ferronave, Pilcomayo, and Costa Channels. Dropping anchor at 21:30 hrs. in Caleta Hualas or Punta Leopardos, 20 miles from the Glaciar San Rafael. (B)(L)(D)

Day 3

Cruising

The ship sails along San Rafael bay and the Témpanos Channel 09:00 hrs. It enters the lagoon and drops anchor 2 km from the Glacier. Boat excursion through multi-coloured ice floes, weather permitting. The ship approaches the glacier at 17:00 hrs. Then it sails for Fiordo Quitralco.  (B)(L)(D)

Day 4

Cruising

We berth at Quitralco dock. After breakfast, passengers may take thermal hot spring baths at temperatures of 30° and 32°C, in open air or covered pools. Weather permitting, boat rides are organized to the inner part of the fjord. 17:00 hrs. Sailing for Chiloé through Moraleda and Pérez Norte Channels. (B)(L)(D)

Day 5

Cruising

Sailing across the Leucayec Channel, partial view of Melinka, in the Chonos archipelago; this island was the hiding place of blood thirsty pirates in the past. Crossing the Golfo de Corcovado. If local conditions permit, we will be able to sight Blue or Alfaguaras whales. We continue to sail along the eastern coast of Chiloé, Canal Yal, Estero de Castro, reaching this beautiful town at 15:00 hrs. Departure from Castro to Puerto Montt through the Lemuy, Dalcahue, Quicaví channels. Enjoy farewell party; Captain’s dinner. (B)(L)(D)

Day 6

Puerto Montt

After breakfast,  disembark at Puerto Montt Skorpios Pier and transfer to the airport. (B)

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