Cruise Season 2011-2012The Chilean cruise season begins in late October, so we have decided to highlight the most original and interesting options for sailing in our country. A luxury vessel to San Rafael Lagoon and the navigation to O’Higgins Glacier are our favorites.
1 -San Rafael Lagoon on a Luxury Cruise
One year after its inaugural sailing, Mare Australis cruise by Navimag has become the first luxury ship to sail to San Rafael Lagoon, replacing the old Ferry operated by the same company.
The ship has comfortable rooms, a panoramic terrace, and a beautiful dining room with a bar and gaming rooms, amongst other attractions. There are also daily excursions in zodiac boats, audiovisual presentations on flora, fauna, geography, and glaciology, documentaries and movie exhibitions, and guided visits to the bridge.
With an “All Inclusive” system, the cruise has an open bar on national drinks, vegetarian menus, and bilingual guides. Of course, no expedition to San Rafael Lagoon is complete without a whisky with millennial ice, or a nice hot chocolate with the glaciers in the background.
The first expedition begins on the 29th of October, departing from Castro. For more information and reservations visit our cruise section.
2 - Patagonian Channels on board Nomads of the Seas
Nomads of the Seas cruises carry out luxury operations focused on special interest tourism. The objective is to give its passengers unique experiences, like fly fishing on the Austral end of Chile, heliskiing, whale and bird observation, photography, and gastronomic tours with the best national and international chefs.
The ship has also two helicopters, one Zodiac and 30 specialized boats, kayaks, rafts, and other smaller vessels. There is a spa with sauna and talassotherapy for you to relax after the expeditions.
The first “Ultimate Flyfishing & Wildlife Adventures” expedition begins on the 4th of November. You can make your reservation here obtaining a 10% discount.
3- The Unknown O'Higins Glacier
With an ice surface of 754 km² and a length of 38 km, the so called “Ventisquero Grande” (Big Glacier) is one of the four largest glaciers in Patagonia. With 80 mt walls, this is an amazing spectacle that will give you an intimate experience in Lake O’Higgins.
The company Hielo Sur carries out 50 trips from November to March on the vessel Quetru, an ex patrol boat with a capacity for 70 passengers. It sails from Bahía Bahamondes, in Villa O’Higgins, going through the east peaks of Southern Patagonian Ice Fields, to finally get to the iceberg garden, where Ventisquero Grande is located. The ship stays 250 mts away from the glacier, allowing you to see the breaking of the ice.
For more information visit our cruise section.
4- Puerto Williams and Darwin's Route
Lakutaia Hotel, located on Navarino Island invites you to take the same route used by Charles Darwin and Captain Fitzroy in 1834, when they brought back three native Yámanas, who had been previously taken to Europe in an attempt of transculturization.
The vessel S.V Victory is a replica of a 1870 cargo ship, with two chambers for 12 people each. It goes through the austral channels and fjords safely and quietly. Departing from Lakutaia Hotel, it sails Murray Channel and skirts Button Island, disembarking in the same place where the encounter between natives and explorers took place, the port of Wulaia.
After a short walk you will see the peaks of islands Navarino, Hoste, Button, Wollaston and other islets that precede the mythical Cape Horn. You will then return to the ship to enjoy a delicious barbecue accompanied with great Chilean wines. Not only will you recreate an important moment of the colonization of Patagonia, but also see amazing landscapes, named by Unesco a ‘World Biosphere Reserve’.
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