The Chonos Route - Patagonian Cruise


The Chonos Route - Patagonian Cruise


6 Days / 5 Nights

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The Chonos route cruise covers 800 miles passing through channels and fjords, where nature is still safe from human contact. We will pass by the San Rafael glacier, in the northern ice field. This great mass of ice is located in the Chilean Patagonia, in Southern Chile. It has an approximate area of 4,400 km with a length of 100 km from North to South and approximately, 40 km in diameter, East to West.   Its ice is distributed around 7 major glaciers. This vast expanse of ice is the birthplace of the glacier closest to the equatorial line. The San Rafael glacier, which runs from Monte San Valentin, deposits its spectacular ice in the quiet waters of the lagoons of San Rafael. Revisit Darwin territory through icefields and glaciers for the ultimate Patagonian experience!

Special features of our Chonos Route Patagonian Cruise: 

Type of Tourism:  Off the beaten track, Adventure, Cultural, Patagonian ice fields, Remote.

Places to Visit:  Puerto Montt, Ancud, Castro, Dalcahue, Chiloe Natinal Park, San Juan

Duration:  6 Days and 5 Nights.  (optional 7 day / 6 night available)

Type of Service: group tours. 

Accommodation: The cruise ship has been carefully chosen for this route and we can guarantee that you will feel comfortable and your every need catered for! 


Today is an optional night for an additional cost. Check-in from 6 pm onwards. This  includes  accommodation  in your cabin, a welcome  cocktail,  dinner  with  wines  and an  open bar, as well as a buffet breakfast the following morning

    If you did not choose the optional night yesterday, we will be departing from Puerto Montt at 12 pm midday. We will head off, sailing through the archipelago of Llanquihue with views of the city of Calbuco. We will arrive at the Gulf of Ancud at 4:30 pm. We will then head to Quemchi, on the island of Chiloe, where we will disembark on small boats towards this picturesque village. Here we can visit a handicraft market, cafes, the museum of the Chilean author Francisco Coloane and take a stroll through the beautiful streets. At 6:30 pm...

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      Today we will sail through Moraleda and Ferronave's channels to arrive at the fishing village of Puerto Aguirre at 11 am. Here we will disembark to visit the village, enclosed by the Chonos archipelago. You will walk through the streets, passing through a typical Patagonian rainforest to the lookout point. At 1:30 pm, the ship will leave, sailing through the channels of Ferronave, Pilcomayo and Casma. At 4 pm, we will arrive at the Islote Barrientos, where you will disembark onto smaller boats, get closer to the rock formations, and ...

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        Crossing the channel of Tempanos to the entrance of the San Rafael lagoon, we will anchor at 9 am, 2 km from the glacier. We can head out on smaller boats to the multicoloured icebergs if weather conditions allow us. At 2:30 pm we will be nearing the glacier. At 4 pm, we will set sail in the direction of Quitralco fjord.

          Today after breakfast, we can head to the hot springs with temperatures of 32º C and 38ºC. If the weather is not cooperating, there will be boat excursions to the inside to the Fjord. At 5 pm, we will raise anchor and head towards Chiloé, navigating through the channels of Moraleda and Pérez Norte.

            Navigating through the Leucayec channel, crossing the Gulf of Corcovado at around 5:30 am, if we are lucky, we can observe humpbacks or blue whales in this region. We will then   Continue sailing along the eastern side of Chiloé, arriving at 11 am, to the Islote Conejos, in the Queilen channel. Here we will head out on small boats to visit the island inhabited by Magellan penguins and other bird species. At 1 pm, we will sail to the islands of Lemuy and Chelín and at 4 pm we will arrive in Dalcahue. We highly ...

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              Today we will enjoy our final breakfast on board while we dock at Puerto Montt. This is when we will disembark and your transfer will be waiting to head to the airport for your next exciting destination!  

              *The program and timetables may vary according to climatic conditions or force majeure. Likewise, debarkation and duration will depend on the authorization of the captain, who will evaluate safety and ice conditions in each destination. Schedules to the thematic talks and other onboard activities will be announced...

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                WHAT'S INCLUDED

                • Private luxury cabin
                • Private bathroom
                • LED TV and music
                • The Quitralco Lounge and San Rafael Bar
                • All gourmet meals on the tour
                • Open Bar
                • Accident Insurance
                • Free parking

                WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

                • Transfer from the Airport in Puerto Montt
                • Satellite phone (available for an extra charge)
                • Passenger travel insurance
                • Anything not mentioned in the programme

                Trip Preparation & FAQS

                We do not include travel or health insurance and we strongly recommend a comprehensive travel insurance for any unexpected circumstances. This is not obligatory, however. An full travel insurance policy that covers cancellations and delays as well as medical insurance.

                We suggest that you speak with your doctor to ensure that you are up-to-date with the recommended vaccinations when traveling to the destination. In any case, a negative Coronavirus Molecular Test (PCR) is needed to enter the country.

                We suggest that you speak with your doctor to ensure what medications you will need to bring to the destination. Pharmacies and drugstores are common in all cities, however, it is not certain that you will be able to find a specific drug that you can find in your country of origin.

                As in any city in the world, there can be pickpockets in crowded places. We suggest being vigilant at all times, but if you are in a group you will always be safer.

                We do not include the cost of any domestic or international flight in any of our programs. These services must be booked independently by each guest.

                Yes, hotels will charge the cost of a double room as standard, so a single supplement will be charged if you are traveling alone.

                VA Expeditions is supported by Valencia Travel, a company with more than 12 years of foundation with a solid financial position. We have insurance from the insurance company La Positiva, that supports us and protects our guests from any eventuality at the destination, covering our guests for more than 5 million US dollars.

                Each trip is customizable, but there may be additional restrictions and expenses in each case. We suggest contacting your sales representative for more information.

                Yes, in addition to multi-day programs, we offer half-day experiences and excursions without overnight, which you can purchase as additional services. In case you wish to purchase one of these services, you can ask your guide, the transfer representative or your sales representative to provide you with the support you need.

                Yes, you can add additional or optional services to your regular tour. We appreciate contacting your sales representative for any changes you wish to make.

                Yes, you can travel with children and we have many activities to do as a family, however, depending on your itinerary, some experiences can be a bit demanding for young children. As a recommendation, we suggest that you ask your sales consultant if the tour you wish to book is suitable for children.

                We work with a maximum group size of 12 passengers for sustainability reasons and a more personaized experience.

                We suggest making your reservations at least one month before your trip in order to reserve the best hotels, transportation and services for your travel dates, however, in last minute cases, we can reserve up to 15 days in advance.

                We suggest consulting with your embassy to review any documents, tests or special visa you need for your trip.

                The official currency of Chile is the Chilean peso (CLP). In large cities there is a good chance that you will find ATMs or ATMs, however, we suggest that you do not rely entirely on this solution, as it may not be enabled to work with your bank.

                Yes, we cater for all special dietary requirements. Please let us know at the time of booking if you have any allergies or special dietary needs.

                As a sustainable travel company, we are in constant search of how we can improve the sustainability of our operations, that is why we carry out the following activities to generate a fair and sustainable development in our areas of operation:  We have permanent training programs for our Guides and drivers. Promote all types of training from the government among our staff and always contract guides and trabsports who are born and raised in their cities. We also promote those hotels whom are more committed to the environment and who’s strategy is based in sustainability.

                Tips are not included in the cost of the tour. You should plan to tip 10% in restaurants and for your guided services, however, tipping is never required.

                Cultural norms vary within each Latin American country, even within each city within the country, however, we recommend the following measures to have a pleasant visit in each destination: Latin American culture in general tends to be closer and more informal than in others cultures, so there is usually always a friendly approach in all conversations, and going directly to the point could be considered offensive to some people. Personal space can be much shorter as well, but without being interpreted as sexual in nature. 

                The schedules are also usually more relaxed and informal, however, this is not the case of VA EXPEDITIONS, since we will always respect the hours indicated in your itinerary. This may be different for other appointments that you can book on your own at other locations.

                This depends on each itinerary, and will be indicated in the detail of the day. However, our itineraries always usually include free times to offer more flexibility to our guests. 

                For any emergency, we appreciate contacting the following number: +569 9345 3447

                At VA Expeditions we believe that every action we take should generate a positive impact on the communities and the environment of our entire production chain, which is why we carry out various activities focused on this objective. A few example of our sustainable projects: Programs with Observation of Pumas in Torres del Paine, Collaboration with Ecocamp (with dozens of sustainability awards), We work with Hotels (Example: Explora) that actively participate in preserving Patagonia Park (Tompkins), Visits to the Hummingbird Sanctuary that tries to preserve the Arica hummingbird in danger of extinction, Whale Watching in the Humboldt Pinguinos Reserve and in Patagonia, visits to organic vineyards. 

                All our guests have 24/7 support for any type of emergency or eventuality. For emergencies you can contact the following number: +569 9345 3447. For general inquiries, you can write to us at the following email: 

                This depends on each itinerary, but generally is a ratio of one guide for every nine guests.

                This depends on the type of the type of Travel insurance that the passenger has. We recommend that you have a comprehensive travel insurance policy for better care and hospital facilities.

                The tours are carried out by an expert team that has determined the optimal times of visits to make the most of our guests' time, without rushing. All our programs are customizable, so if at any time at the destination you want to adjust the pace of the trip, you can ask your guide to reach a consensus with the whole group in case you need to make adjustments to the pace of the trip.

                Each trip is customizable, but there may be additional restrictions and expenses in each case. We suggest contacting your sales representative for more information.

                Yes, you can safely store any luggage at your  hotel.

                For city tours, there are public bathrooms available, in remote destinations bathroom facilities are more sparse.

                In the mountains and remote places there is no Internet connection. Hotels and public places usually have WIFI available.

                In cities and tourist centers you will have good telephone reception. In remote areas, there may be no cell phone reception.

                It depends on each itinerary, please contact your sales representative to give you the specific altitude information of your itinerary.

                We suggest that you bring a refillable water bottle or purchase bottled water if necessary. At various points on your trip there will be places where you can buy water.

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