Island And Fjords in Patagonia Aisen
South of Puerto Montt, the Central Valley of Chile, which runs north to south, between the imposing Andes and the Coastal mountain range, sinks into the sea creating a world of fjords and channels, perfect habitat for sea wolves, austral dolphins and many fishes and sea birds.
While navigating in these channels between the mainland and the islands, a mysterious world of glaciers dropping into the sea, of mountains covered with a lush rainforest, of natural hot springs, of sun and rain and of a nature still virgin in many areas will reveal itself to the visitor.
We invite you to discover this world on board of the "Chungungo". A 62' length and 5.5 meters breadth motorsailor, with a 10 knots speed, equipped with 5 double cabins for 10 passengers and two bathrooms. The captain is Ricardo Born, a sea wolf, with many year of experience in this area and many hours navigating to the most remote places in the occidental Patagonia.
The motorsailor has two 140 hp engines, and a rigid bottom inflatable boat used to approach the shore and explore this wild and virgin land.
The anglers on board can enjoy in the afternoon some good fishing at the mouth of the rivers, catching fierce and combative rainbows and browns and Coho salmons.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ABOUT SAN RAFAEL GLACIER
The best and most worldwide known destination in Aysén is perhaps the Glacier San Rafael and the Laguna of the same name. The Laguna and the glacier are part of the Laguna San Rafael National Park, created June 17th, 1959, with a surface of 6729 sq.miles. The park includes the whole area of the Northern Ice Field which has a length of approximately 112 miles from north to south and a width of about 37 miles, that is from 46°40' to 48°20' latitude south and from 74°to 73°40' longitude west.
Within the park is the highest summit of the Austral Andes: the San Valentin Mount with a height of 13.280 ft above sea level and 19 main glaciers which are sources to many streams and rivers, being the most important the Ventisqueros, Colonia, Nef, Soler, Leones y Exploradores, adding up to more than 250 lakes. One of the most beautiful glacier of the park is the San Rafael, which flows down, as a frozen river, from the high peaks toward the west. The San Rafael reaches the sea at a small lake (Laguna San Rafael) with many floating icebergs that have come out of the wall of the glacier with loud explosions; these icebergs resemble ice sculptures with capricious shapes. The wall is of a crystalline blue with shades changing according to the day light and a deep green forest surrounds the glacier in its whole length, shaping in this way a landscape which has been the wonder of many of today visitors and also of the Indians and Europeans sailors that in the past have reached this coast. Toward the north, the Laguna flows into the Ventisquero river and then into the Golfo Elefante, toward the south the lake is closed by the Istmo de Ofqui which connects the Peninsula Taitao with the continent. It is an area with abundant rainfall, however it has been since old times a safe passage toward the south to elude the navigation around the Peninsula Taitao which is very dangerous.
Not only the glacier and its Laguna are beautiful but also the navigation from Puerto Chacabuco along the austral channels. On the way many aquatic birds and animals can be seeing, or you can fish or stop at hidden hot springs or simply relax and enjoy the view.
 
DAY 1 BALMACEDA - COYHAIQUE - PUERTO CHACABUCO
o Reception at Balmaceda airport for the morning flight
o Drive to Coyhaique for lunch and a short visit of the town
o Scenic drive from Coyhaique to Puerto Chacabuco and stop at the Coyhaique view point and at the "Cascada de la Virgen"
o Arrival to Puerto Chacabuco to board the Chungungo
o Time to set sail toward adventure, first navigating on the Aisén gulf to then continue on the Costa channel and spend the night anchored in a calm bay
o Late afternoon fishing and maybe some exploration on shore.
o Meals and lodging on board
DAY 2 NAVIGATION, BIRDS AND SEA WOLVES WATCHING
o Early in the morning we will set sail toward the Mogotes, a very outstanding island, to visit a sea birds nestling area.
o We will continue our navigation, passing the Oma island and its sea wolves colony, toward the Huillín bay in the Cupquelan fjord, where we will do some land excursions and some late evening fishing.
o Meals and lodging on board
DAY 3 NAVIGATION AND LAGUNA SAN RAFAEL
o In the morning we will enter the beautiful Laguna San Rafael through the Témpanos river
o We will approach the glacier among the floating icebergs, watching birds and wild life
o Toasts in thousand years old ice cups
o In the afternoon we will drop anchor in a small cove in the Tuahuencayec or Barros Arana channel
o Meals and lodging on board
DAY 4 NAVIGATION AND KENT ISLAND
o Today we will set sail toward Kent Island (biosphere world reserve) which we will reach at sun set, after a beautiful navigation along the channels of Los Chonos Archipelago, surrounded by lush forests, many waterfalls and with the occasional company of austral dolphins
o Meals and lodging on board
DAY 5 KENT ISLAND, LAND EXCURSIONS, HIKES AND FISHING
o We will sail on the placid interior channels of this beautiful channels to then get to shore to walk along the beautiful beaches
o Those who want can do some fishing and see if they get lucky casting at river
mouths or in the sea.
o We will then visit the inland of incomparable beauty
o Meals and lodging on board
DAY 6 NAVIGATION TO PUERTO AGUIRRE, CINCO HERMANOS NATIONAL RESERVE AND PUNTA TORTUGA
o We will navigate on the Ninualac channel until reaching Puerto Aguirre, a very picturesque fishing hamlet which we will visit. Then we will continue sailing along the Cinco Hermanos (National Reserve) until we arrive to Punta Tortuga where we will drop anchor.
o Meals and lodging on board
DAY 7 NAVIGATION TOWARD PUERTO CHACABUCO - DRIVE TO BALMACEDA
o Early in the morning we will set sail toward Puerto Chacabuco to go a shore and drive back to Balmaceda airport for the last flight of the day.
Prices are valid from September 2004 to May 2005
High Season: December 16, 2004 to March 15, 2005
Mid Season: September 15 to December 15, 2004
Low Season: March 15 to September 15, 2005
2004-2005 COST PER PERSON
 
Min. 4 to 5 pax
6 to 7 pax
8 to 10 pax
High Season
US$ 3.359
US$ 2.255
US$ 1.703
Mid Season
US$ 2.662
US$ 1.790
US$ 1.354
Low Season
US$ 2.468
US$ 1.661
US$ 1.257
Optional guide on board
US$ 263
US$ 175
US$ 131
Departures: only on Saturdays
 

INCLUDED :

  • 6 nights lodging on board of the Chungungo
  • On shore excursion to explore beaches, islands and bays
  • Visit of the San Rafael Glacier
  • Birds, sea wolves and austral dolphins observation
  • Fishing at the mouth of several rivers we will pass by during our journey
  • Natural hot spring baths
  • All meals
  • Land transfer Balmaceda - Puerto Chacabuco - Balmaceda
  • Bilingual guide

NOT INCLUDED :

  • Tips, phone calls and extras
  • Travel insurance, please bring. We recommend you verify that your health insurance will cover you during your stay in Chile. You may also wish to obtain a short-term traveler's insurance policy in your home country, to cover yourself and your equipment.
  • Before the trip, all passengers must sign a "Release of liability for risks and exemption of responsibility of the operators for personal accidents, displacemente, medical and other expenses"
Requirements: Passengers must sign a "Release of liability and exemption of responsibility of the operators for personal accidents, displacement, medical and other expenses".
 
Restrictions: Maximum group 10 passengers

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