The Northern Ice Field is located in the Chilean Patagonia, south of Chile, between the 46º and 47º southern latitudes. It has an approximate surface of 4,400 km2.
Sailing from the Skorpios terminal in Puerto Montt, this marine voyage initiates through the Tenglo channel, navigating between the spectacular Llanquihue, Chiloe and Chonos archipelagos, channels such as the Moraleda, Ferronave, Pilcomayo, Costa, Tempanos, Pérez Norte, Leucayec, Yal, Estero de Castro, Lemuy, Dalcahue, Quicaví, Calbuco and the Ancud and Corcovado Gulfs to visit a territory of cities such as Castro and fishing village of Puerto Aguirre, where and exuberant nature stands out in all its splendor reflecting specially in Quitralco, with its thermal baths and excursions, where softly shaped islands are scattered in the ocean and in which man’s presence is barely perceptible. All of this sums up as an interior preparation for the maximum moment of this unique adventure. The amazing encounter with the millenary and magical ice of the San Rafael Glacier. An unforgettable journey and a re-encounter with oneself.
Day 1 – Saturday: 12:00 noon. Weigh anchor from Skorpios Terminal in Puerto Montt. Sailing through the Llanquihue archipelago. Catch sight of Calbuco city. Ancud Gulf, archipelago of Chiloe and Corcovado Gulf crossing at midnight.
Day 2 – Sunday: 08:00 hrs. Navigation through the Moraleda and Ferronave channels. Arrival at the fishing village of Puerto Aguirre at 11:00 hrs. 12:30 noon, continue sailing through Ferronave, Pilcomayo and Costa channels. At 21:30 hrs. approximately, anchor at Hualas cove or Punta Leopardos, 20 nautical miles from the San Rafael Glacier.
The San Rafael Glacier is, without a doubt, a great spectacle of magic and color with its floes of various shapes and sizes, being one of the glaciers with the most precipice activity in the Patagonia. The National Park San Rafael Lagoon is home to a varied marine fauna and a prodigious flora which live together in harmony and are not altered by the silent sailing of the M/V II, whose magic can be perceived with greater astonishment when navigating in the safe Hercules (special excursion ice-breaking crafts), towards this Glacier of 2,000 meters width and towers of 70 meters of altitude, to live in the overwhelming sensation of the millenary… then, between this amazing floes, captivated, it is inevitable to toast with twelve year old whisky and this astonishing 30,000 year old ice.
Day 3 – Monday: 07:30 hrs. Crossing of the San Rafael Lagoon entrance and Tempanos channel. 09:00 hrs. The ship enters the Lagoon and anchors at 2 kilometers away from the Glacier. Boat excursions among multicolored icebergs, if the weather allows to. 15.30 hrs. The ship gets closer to the Glacier. 17:00 hrs. Set sail to the Quitralco fjord.
Quitralco an old glacier riverbed, which means “Waters of Fire” in the Mapuche language, is a fjord with high, snow-covered mountains and impenetrable vegetation, where the flora surges spontaneously, wild and colorful with ferns, forming a unique and exuberant vegetation in a temperate microclimate beside a calm and transparent sea. Here Skorpios owns a wonderful place where its passengers can rest in its pools, both indoor and outdoor, with thermal waters at 32 and 38 degrees Centigrade, a fine country style grill to gather, widespread parklands and paths that can be followed to appreciate nature. 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. There is no doubt that Quitralco is the paradise we have all dreamed of.
Day 4 – Tuesday: 08:00 hrs. Berth at the Quitralco pier. After breakfast, passengers can take hotspring baths were the water temperature is at 32ºC and 30ºC, in covered and outside pools. If the weather allows to, boat excursions in motorboats through the inside of the fjord. 19:00 hrs. Sail towards Chiloe, navigating through the Moraleda and Perez Norte channels.
While on board enjoy a refined gastronomy, that alternates good international flavors with the best traditional southern Chilean cuisine amongst which you will find several sea foods such as: spider crabs, oysters, choritos, erizos, picorocos, salmons, basses, robalos and conger eels; as well as red and white meats and the delicious and succulent Curanto, always accompanied by the best Chilean wines and the exclusive drinks and beverages in the traditional Skorpios Open Bar.
Day 5 – Wednesday: 08:00 hrs. Corcovado Gulf crossing. In this area, if the conditions allow to, there is a possibility of watching humpback whales and blue whales. Continue to sail through the oriental coast of the Chiloe island, Yal channel, Castro stream, arriving to this beautiful city at 15:00 hrs. Disembarkation to visit this place. 22:00 hrs. Set sail towards Puerto Montt through Lemuy, Dalcahue and Quicavi channels. Farewell party, Captain’ dinner, dance.
Day 6 – Thursday: 08:00 hrs. Docked at the Skorpios Terminal pier in Puerto Montt. 09:00 hrs. Breakfast, disembarkation and passengers’ transfer.
Skorpios II, has a capacity for up to 130 passengers, has comfortable cabins, vested with fine woods, distributed in 5 decks, all with private bathrooms, Plasma TV, background music, etc. It has a main dining room, the Quitralco Lounge (smoking) and the San Rafael Bar.
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