Cruising "Kaweskar Route"

Skorpios Expedition Cruising through the Southern Patagonian Icefield

Duration

4 days from/to Puerto Natales

Activity
  • 4 days cruising
Lodging
  • 3 nights double cabin
Meals
  • 3x breakfast
  • 2x lunch
  • 3x dinner
Price

from 1.750 USD

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  1. 4 days expedition cruising from/to Puerto Natales
  2. Magellanic fjords and channels in the southern Patagonian Icefield of Chile
  3. Fjordo de las Montanas (Fjords of the Mountains)
  4. Multi-coloured ice-floes
  5. Observe de varied Patagonian flora and fauna in all its natural glory

BEST SEASON

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TRIP DESCRIPTION

M/V Skorpios IIIsails from the Skorpios Terminal in Puerto Natales, a town located 2,500 km south of Santiago, which can be reached by air from Punta Arenas or by land from Argentina. This 3-night cruise sails for the Southern Ice Fields every Tuesday and Friday (see sailing Schedule) to return every Monday and Friday between the months of October and April, covering 380 miles, which cover most of the glaciers in the area, namely Amalia, El Brujo, Bernal and Herman, and those located in the area of Fiordo Calvo. The cruise includes around 15 glaciers, some of which we will contemplate and admire directly, walking up to their front and moraines, and sailing through multi-coloured ice-floes on smaller expedition vessels like the Capitán Konstantino; from where we will have the chance to observe de varied Patagonian flora and fauna in all its natural glory.

CRUISE 1: Sailing on Tuesday; arrival on Friday.
CRUISE 2: Sailing on Friday; arrival on Monday.

CRUISE DESCRIPTION

MV Skorpios III was built in 1995 at the Skorpios shipyard, Chile, according to SOLAS and IMO rules, and ABS (American Bureau of Shipping) classification, class N° 951.93.18 A1 ice. Her cabins and hotel infrastructure were remodeled in 2012. It is 70 metres long, has a 10 metre beam and a 3.30 metre draft, displacing 1,600 tons. She has an international loadline certificate, and registration N° 2869 issued by the Directorate General of Maritime Territory of Chile. She has a capacity of up to 90 passengers berthed in 45 double cabins and distributed in 5 decks; cabins offer twin, queen or king-sized beds. All cabins have private toilet facilities, plasma TV and background music and a safety box. The ship has two comfortable bar lounges, and an ample panoramic dining room.

TRIP NOTE

The program and schedules may change depending on weather conditions or force majeure. Also disembarkations will depend on the authorization of the captain of the ship who will evaluate the safety and ice conditions of each place. Timings of lectures and activities will be informed during the sailing.

ITINERARY

Day 1: Departure from Puerto Natales

16.00 hrs. Passenger reception. 17.15 hrs. Safety speech about the vessel, the place will be determined that day. Departure from Puerto Natales between 17.30 hrs. and 18.00 hrs. Sailing through Angostura Kirke, Morla, Vicuña, Unión, Collingwood and Sarmiento channels. Overnight on board: selected cabin category. (-/-/D) 

Day 2: Amalia-Glacier and Calvo-Fjord

08.00 hrs. Arrival at Amalia Glacier. The vessel approaches the Glacier. Panoramic view from the ship. 09.30 hrs.Disembarkation on a nearby beach, soft hiking through the beach, flora and rocks, arriving to a viewpoint where we can appreciate this beatiful glacier. 11.30 hrs. Sailing for El Brujo Glacier. 14.00 hrs. Arrival at El Brujo Glacier. Weather and ice permitting, passengers can disembark and contemplate this glacier from a nearby rock. 15.30 hrs. Get sailing to amazing Calvo Fjord. 17.10 hrs. Arrival at Calvo Fjord and excursion on the “Capitán Constantino” icebreaker, appropriate to navigate between the ice. Visit to the Fernando, Capitán Constantino and Alipio glaciers, among others. 20.00 hrs. Sail towards Montañas Fjord. Overnight on board: selected cabin category.(B/L/D)

Day 3: Fjordo de las Montañas (Fjord of the Mountains)

09.00 hrs. Visit to Montañas Fjord, from where you can see four glaciers, that slide down the Sarmiento Mountains to the sea, two of them are on our route. 09.30 hrs. Visit to Alsina Glacier, excursion on our boats, to explore this small bay and its glaciar, enjoying its beauty and enormous mountains surrounding. 10.30 hrs. Return to Skorpios III. Continue sailing through Montañas Fjord toward Bernal Glacier. 11.15 hrs. Disembarkation on Bernal Glacier. Iniciate a soft walking in a small native forest, and then crossing through a stream, which crosses a glacier water lagoon. Continue soft hiking over front and side moraines. Arrival at Glacier. Here, passengers can feel and touch the ice, and appreciate the iceberg melting. 12.45 hrs. Passengers return to the ship, which is in the natural water supplying phase. This water, provided from a cascade, is used on board for all ship services. 14.00 hrs. Skorpios III continues sailing through Montañas Fjord, we will be able to see Herman and Zamudio glaciers from the ship.17.45 hrs. Arrival at White angostura. Disembarkation. Then, on the excursion boats, sailing among island and rocks, enjoying the native fauna and flora. 19.30 hrs. Returning to the ship and preparating for Captain’s dinner.21.00 hrs. Farewell Party. Captain’s Dinner and dance. Navigation through Almirante Montt gulf. Overnight on board: selected cabin category. (B/L/D)

Day 4: Arrival to Puerto Natales

Arrival to Puerto Natales between 02.00 hrs. and 07.00 hrs. depending on wind conditions, to reach Skorpios Terminal. 08.00 hrs. and 09.30 hrs. Passengers leave the ship. (B/-/-)

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Accomodation: 3 nights in double cabin with private bathroom, selected 
  • Meals: 3 x breakfast, 2 x lunch, 3 x dinner
  • Guide: local bilingual english/spanish speaking guides
  • Sea transportation
  • Shore excursions and onboard entertainment
  • Harbour dues Puerto Natales

WHAT’S EXCLUDED

  • Not appointed meals and beverages
  • Optional trips and transportation
  • Tips/gratuity
  • Local payments
  • International and domestic airfare and airport charges 
  • Travel insurance is not included in this tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy.

Departure Dates & Prices

15.10.2019 - 10.04.2020
available
on request
from 1.750 USD
16.10.2020 - 20.04.2021
available
on request
from 1.870 USD

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