San Rafael Lagoon Cruise Chonos Route: Skorpios II
6 days / 5 nights Code: CSK003
Places you will see
Average: 4,7 / 5 Based on 22 of our traveler's comments
"We booked our Skorpios II Cruise through Visit Chile, as your site was easy to navigate, as compared to others we looked at, including that of Skorpios themselves. Upon receipt of our final payment, we were issued the voucher for the cruise. My only suggestion would be that the voucher show the port where the ship was docked and sailed from - Terminal Skorpios at Camino Chinquihue. We assumed, as did our taxi driver, that the ship would be at the Puerto Montt port and we finally had to stop at the Skorpios office to determine where we were supposed to go to board. Other than that, the service provided by Visit Chile was very good."
Sail through the immensity of this lands and seas, where is the world biggest ecological reserve.
The San Rafael Glacier
This Chilean National Park was declared to be a worldwide reserve by UNESCO in 1979. Located at latitude 46 – 45 south of the Chilean Patagonia it is 1,242,000 hectares of millenary beauty. A Spanish navigator discovered this place four centuries ago. Today it has become one of the natural splendors of Chile, of the greatest international importance. The ice of the San Rafael Glacier date back as far as 300,000 years, its frontal face is 2kms wide and its ice towers reach up to more than 75 mts. and plunges down into the ocean waters more than 230 meters. It has a length of and stems from the San Valentín Nevado of the Southern Ice Fields of the Los Andes Mountains. The blues of the ice and its constant avalanches have converted this natural spectacle into international fame. With its ice floes of different shapes and colors it is a spectacle that is unique in this world.
There are also excursions on the fjord's quiet, transparent waters in safe motorboats, where you are shown the rich marine fauna, such as the banks of mussels and the playful southern dolphins.
Sailing every Saturday from Puerto Montt, a city located 1000 kilometers (620 mi.) south of Santiago, to the San Rafael Glacier, the majestic relic of the planet's last glaciation, Skorpios carries you on a Dream Cruise of six days and five nights. Its goes through spectacular channels and archipelagos, where an exuberant nature stands out in all its splendor and man's presence is barely perceptible, and where softly shaped islands are scattered in the ocean. We will visit isolated and picturesque fishing villages and settlements, such as Puerto Aguirre and Queilen, the city of Castro, the Quitralco fjord with its thermal baths and the San Rafael National Park, which was declared world biosphere reserve by the UNESCO with its Glacier of magical and spectacular 30,000 years old ice that rises in multicolored towers to a height of more than seventy meters and then sinks into the ocean.
On board the M/V Skorpios II, you will find a friendly, personalized service, always with the exceptional hospitality provided by the Kochifas family and their experienced and well-trained crews who will offer warmth and efficiency in a unique and unforgettable cruise. You will have an enjoyable gastronomic experience, alternating international cuisine with the best culinary traditions of southern Chile, where the most outstanding are Chilean Kingcrab, giant mussels (Mitilus), mussels, oysters, sea urchins, barnacles, salmon, croaker, sea pike, kingclip, red and white meats and the juicy and delicious Curanto, always accompanied by the best Chilean wines and exclusive alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages in the Skorpios' traditional open Bar.
The M/V Skorpios II has capacity for 160 passengers, its cabins are fully equipped and decorated, all have private bathrooms, background music, intercoms and television. It also has the Quitralco saloon (smokers), the San Rafael bar (non-smokers) and a main dining room.
12:00 hrs. Departure from Puerto Montt Skorpios Terminal. Navigation through the archipelago of Llanquihue. Whale City Calbuco. Gulf of Ancud, Chiloé archipelago, crossing the Gulf of Corcovado to midnight.
08:00 hrs. Navigation through the Moraleda and Ferronave. Arrive at the fishing village of Puerto Aguirre at 11:00 hrs. At 12:30. we continue navigation through Ferronave, Pilcomayo and Costa Canal. At 21:30 hrs. approximately we anchored in Hualas or in Caleta Punta Leopards, 20 miles of San Rafael Glacier.
07:30 hrs. Take to the San Rafael Inlet and Channel Icebergs. 09:00 hrs. The ship enters the lagoon and anchor 2 KM from the glacier. Excursion boats between the multicolored glaciers, weather permitting. 15:30 The Ship is approaching the glacier. 17:00 Sail towards the fjord Quitralco.
08:00 hrs. Berth in quitralco´s dock. After breakfast, passengers can take thermal baths at 32 º and 30 º C º, in indoor pools or outdoor. If weather permits, excursions by motorboat for the fjord. 19:00 pm Sail towards Chiloé, navigating through the Moraleda and Pérez Norte.
08:00 hrs Corcovado Gulf Crossing. In this area, if conditions permit we will be able to see blue whale Alfaguara. Then continue and sail along the east coast of Chiloé. Yal Canal and Castro Inlet, arriving in the beautiful city at 15:00 hrs. Disembark and visit the place. 22:00 hrs Sail towards Puerto Montt, Lemuy channels, Dalcahue, Quicaví. Farewell party, dinner from the captain, dancing.
08:00. Docking Terminal dock in Puerto Montt Skorpios. 09:00 hrs Breakfast, disembark and transfer passengers.
End of the Cruise.
- Bird watching
- Geology and Volcanoes
Rates in USD (US Dollars), per person
- USD Dollar
- CLP Chilean Peso
December 2015: 05-12-20-27 (December 20 and 27: Sail on Sunday)
January 2016: 02-09-16-23-30
February 2016: 06-13-20-27
March 2016: 05-12-19-25 (March 25: Sail on Friday).
April 2016: 02-09-16-23-30.
September 2016: 03-10-17-24
October 2016: 01-08-15-22-29
November 2016: 05-12-19-26
December 2016: 03-10-17-23-30 (December 23 and 30 Sail on Friday)
January 2017: 07-14-21-28
February 2017: 04-11-18-25
March 2017: 04-11-18-25
April 2017: 01-08-15-22-29
• Breakfasts, lunch and dinner.
• Open Bar.
• Welcome Cocktails and farewell party.
• All the activities inside the ship.
Does not include:
• Aerial ticket
• Embarkation boarding Tax: US$28.-
• Dress for the Cruises is totally informal, casual & for adventure. Remember to bring both thick and light clothing, appropriate footwear, a suit & tie or formal wear for the farewell gala & a bathing suit for the thermal springs (only Aysen Adventure and San Rafael Classic Routes)
The transfers corresponding to the embarkation days (Fridays and Saturdays) and disembarkation days (Thursday), cost US$40 per person between the Tepual Airport and the Skorpios Terminal.In order to use it, it should be requested upon reservation of the cruise. The schedule of the transfers will be informed.
• Aboard the Cruise Vessels is a shop with all of the articles appropriate for such a trip; rolls of film, batteries, t-shirts, hats, sweaters, parkas, etc.
• Children’s rate:
- From 1 to 5 years old: Free sharing bed.
- From 6 to 11 years old: 50% discount for children sharing cabin with parents.
- From 12 years up: Normal rate.