Alacalufe Route

Sail through the Northern and Southern ice fields, through fjords and channels, getting to know remote fishermen villages, enjoying hot springs and majestic glaciers. Sail through the Northern and Southern ice fields, through fjords and channels, getting to know remote fishermen villages, enjoying hot springs and majestic glaciers.

7 Days


Alacalufe Route - 7 - $2,000

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • Visit the tranquil fishing village at Puerto Aguirre located in the Chinas Archipelago
  • Sail through Quitralco Fjord, an ancient sea bed surrounded by enormous snowy mountains and an exuberant, dense and unique forest 
  • Discover the tiny village of Puerto Eden on Isla Wellington, the birthplace of the Kaweskar or Alacufe people
  • Navigate to the Pio XI Glacier, the biggest glacier in the Southern Hemisphere, one of the few glaciers in the world that continues to develop
  • Follow Estero Peel and arrive at Amalia glacier, the third most important freshwater reserve in the world
  • Sail through the Asia Fjord to the El Brujo Glacier

Start from Puerto Montt and end at Puerto Natales

Landmarks visited on Alacalufe Route

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Check in and welcome

Check in is from 18:00 hours onwards. Additional night previous to the sailing includes accommodation in the booked cabin. Enjoy a welcome cocktail, dinner with wine and an open bar, as well as breakfast buffet (sail day).

Day 2: Ancud Gulf

At midday you'll set sail from Puerto Montt, through Tenglo Channel, Llanquihue Archipelago, sight of Calbuco village and then the crossing of Ancud Gulf. In the evening you'll navigate to Chiloe Archipelago, Mechuque, Chauques, Caguache, Tranqui islands as well as the crossing of Corcovado Gulf.

Day 3: Quitralco Fjord

In the morning you'll sai through Moraleda Channel before arriving at Puerto Aguirre Village in the Guaitecas Archipelagol. This remote fishermen village is in the Huichas Island, located in the Chonos Archipelago. It's inhabitants have every basic equipment offered in a city, but with the tranquility that it offers in its surrounding. After this you'll sail through Ferronave, Pilcomayo, Paso Casma and Canal Costa channels, arriving at Quitralco Fjord. You'll then be able to disembark to enjoy this nature's sanctuary. Hotspring thermal baths, hikes, boat trips will be part of our activities. In the evening you'll have dinner in Skorpios "fogon", with a lamb barbecue Patagonia style before Sailing from this location south, through Quitralco Fjord, and Tres Cruces pass.

Quitralco Fjord is an ancient sea bed surrounded by enormous snowy mountains, with an exuberant, dense and unique forest that has a warm microclimate and is surrounded by a calm and transparent sea. This is where Skorpios has a paradisiacal place for its passengers, with warm and pure thermal volcanic springs with temperatures ranging between 32 and 38 degrees celsius, with indoor and outdoor pools, and hot spring baths and steam baths. Trekking in the middle of this southern forest is another way of enjoying the beauty of the area. Here, we will eat a Chilean and Patagonian barbecue. Quitralco means "Fire Water" in native language.

Day 4: Penas Gulf

Navigating through Pulluche Channel, Ana Pink bay. At dawn start crossing of Penas Gulf. After the end of the cross you'll sail through Messier Channel.

Day 5: Puerto Eden

In the morning you'll visit the Iceberg Fjord and later, arrive at T?mpano Glacier, and witness a panoramic view of this location. There is a possible option to disembark here depending on the weather.

Later on you'll sail south through the Messier Channel and Angostura Inglesa crossing, before arriving at Puerto Eden in the afternoon. Puerto Eden is a fishing village on Isla Wellington, the birthplace of the Kaweskar or Alacalufe people. This tiny village has 300 inhabitants, the majority of whom are small scale fishermen. This is the place to buy arts and crafts made by the last descendants of the Kaweskar.

You'll then disembark at this fishermen village, craddle of the Kaweskar Alacalufe's ethnic group. Walks through its streets made of wooden footbridges and its patagonic surrounding before setting saill towards the P?o XI Glacier in the evening, navigating through Paso del Indio and Grappler Channel. Anchor and overnight in Pio XI bay.

Day 6: Pio XI Glacier

In the early morning you'll visit the Pio XI Glacier, the biggest glacier in the Southern Hemisphere. As we keep on sailing north along the waters of Sound Eyre, nature offers us an awesome sight, the absolute and incredible beauty of Pio XI Glacier. The front wall of this gigantic ice formation is some 6 kilometres wide and 75 metres high as an average, although some of its peaks reach elevations of some 90 metres. This is the largest glacier in the southern hemisphere. It covers an area of 1,265 km2, which means that it could contain a city as large as Santiago, Chile. One of its most notable features is that it is one of the few glaciers in the world that continues to develop, in fact, it has grown by more than 10 kilometres over the past 50 years. The sight as we sail through the ice floes that the glacier drops into the sea is impressive and incredibly beautiful, as it brings us closer to nature and to our inner selves.

After this you'll sail south through Eyre Fjord, Wide, Concepci?n, Paso Tres Cerros and Pitt Channels before arriving at Amalia Fjord.

Day 7: Amalia Glacier & El Brujo Glacier

This morning you'll follow Estero Peel until we come to Amalia Glacier, located in the middle of the Southern Ice Field - the third most important freshwater reserve in the world. Its elongated silhouette seems to fall off the mountains, and it's an incredibly beautiful sight. Its ice tower and the contrast of its coloured ice against the mountains are awesome. Amalia Glacier has an approximate width of some 2.5 kilometres and an elevation of 70 metres. The most important part of this ice mass is fed by the heavy snowfall that affects the region during most of the year. When Skorpios III reaches this beautiful site, she sails to its front wall and then follows its shores from north to south to catch as much as possible of its gorgeous azure hues. This glacier is enormously important for science as it has a volcano that rises from its very centre. This is Mount Reclus, which is a total mystery to volcanologists because of its location and behaviour.

At midday you'll sail south through the Asia Fjord. The end of Fjord Asia has a beautiful glacier with absolutely magnificent surroundings. This is the El Brujo Glacier. Our adventure includes lowering our boats and approaching the glacier to reach its half formed magmatic rock, which will show us the way in which the glacier has modelled its surroundings. We will also have a panoramic view of this immense ice wall. You'll disembark on exploration boats, toward magma rocks to admire this ice colossus and its tall towers of ice. In the afternoon you'll navigate to Puerto Natales, through Sarmiento and Union channels.

Day 8: Puerto Natales

Angostura Kirke or White crossing, Almirante Montt Gulf, arriving at Puerto Natales at 10:00 hours. Breakfast and passengers disembarkation. End of our cruise.

NOTE: All schedules and routes depend on weather conditions and safety of the ship, according to the Captains decision.

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Prices, Departures and Inclusions

This trip can run as a group trip, with prices starting from $2,000 per person for a complete group. If you are looking to join a group or you are a solo traveller we will help to form likeminded groups of travellers. Please let us know your travel plans.

The trip can also run on a private basis to fit around your plans. Departures may be tailored and can be set up on a date of your choice. Please note that there is a higher price for smaller groups. Please enquire for further details.

Additional night available previous to day of sailing for $150 per person (includes dinner & breakfast)

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