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Northern Patagonia Fjords Cruise

Voyage to the most remote corners of the Northern Chilean Fjords on this small ship cruise that no other ships offer. Visit Chiloé Island, Glacier San Rafael, bathe in hot springs, explore the villages of Puerto Aguirre and Dalcahue and sight Magellanic penguins. You are in great hands on this all-inclusive expedition.

Are you hoping to travel before March 2023?

Patagonia's a big trip and we know how crucial it is to get it right. As you’re considering travelling in the next couple of months, we want to be upfront with you…

Finding available accommodation is proving almost impossible in Torres del Paine and Los Glaciares National Parks. While not uncommon, the pandemic has exacerbated the situation this year.

Alongside this, Swoop are also currently focused on ensuring that all of the logistics are in place for our booked travellers who are due to head south shortly.

Swoop has therefore decided to no longer accept any new bookings departing before the beginning of March 2023.

As alternative options, here’s what we suggest:

Option A:

Push your trip back and choose to travel instead in early 2023. April onwards has more accommodation options still available. The Patagonian autumnal colours are stunning and trails less crowded.

Option B:

Defer your Patagonia adventure by 12 months, benefitting by getting exactly the trip you want without compromise, and lock in plans now while there’s still good availability.

If you are able to be flexible on your travel dates, the next step would then be for us to arrange a time to talk through the options.

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Trip type


Trip length

6 Days




Chilean Lakes

Northern Patagonia Fjords Cruise - 6 - $1,740

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

Day 1: Embark from Puerto Montt through the Llanquihue Archipelago 

Day 2: Puerto Aguirre; Moraleda Channel; Islote Barrientos

Day 3: Tempanos Channel; Glacier San Rafael

Day 4: Quitralco hot springs

Day 5: Islote Conejos and Dalcahue

Day 6: Disembark in Puerto Montt

Start from Puerto Montt and end at Puerto Montt

Landmarks visited on Northern Patagonia Fjords Cruise

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Embark from Puerto Montt through the Llanquihue Archipelago

After embarking from Puerto Montt, we'll navigate through the Llanquihue Archipelago with views of Calbuco and the Ancud Gulf.

At 4:30pm we'll arrive in Quemchi on the island of Chiloé and disembark on small boats towards the picturesque village where you can visit a handicraft market, cafés, the museum of the Chilean author Francisco Coloane and stroll around the beautiful streets.

From 6:30pm we'll continue sailing south along the archipelago of Chiloé, crossing the Gulf of Corcovado at midnight.

Meals: Dinner

Accommodation: Skorpios II ship

Day 2: Puerto Aguirre; Moraleda Channel; Islote Barrientos

We'll sail to Puerto Aguirre by 11am and disembark at this fishing village enclosed by the Chonos archipelago. We'll explore the streets and pass a typical Patagonian rainforest before arriving at a viewpoint.

At 1:30pm we'll be back onboard and navigating through the channels of Ferronave, Pilcomayo and Casma before arriving at Islote Barrientos at 4pm. We'll disembark to smaller boats and approach the rock formations to visit one of the largest bird colonies in Chile, home to kelp gulls, rock shags, red-legged shags and imperial shags. We'll also see South American fur seals here.

At 5pm we'll be back onboard, heading south towards Caleta Quesahuen or Punta Leopardos, about 20 nautical miles from the Glacier San Rafael. We'll arrive here at approximately at 10pm.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Skorpios II ship

Day 3: Tempanos Channel; Glacier San Rafael

At 9am our vessel will drop anchor 2km from Glacier San Rafael. We'll take boat excursions among the multicoloured icebergs as the weather conditions allow.

At 4pm we'll be back onboard and setting sail in the direction of Quitralco Fjord.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Skorpios II ship

Day 4: Quitralco hot springs

From 8am, after breakfast, we can enjoy the Quitralco hot springs whose temperatures range between 32-38 degrees centigrade. If weather permits there will also be boat trips into the fjord.

At 5pm we'll start sailing towards Chiloé, navigating through the channels of Moraleda and Perez Norte.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Skorpios II ship

Day 5:  Islote Conejos and Dalcahue

If we're lucky we might see humpbacks or blue whales today as we continue sailing along the east coast of Chiloé, arriving at 11am at Islote Conejos in the Queilen Channel. Here we'll disembark on small boats to visit the Magellanic penguins and birds on the island.

From 1pm we'll continue sailing, by the islands of Lemuy and Chelin, until 4.30pm when we'll arrive in Dalcahue. There is a fantastic handicraft market here which is well worth visiting. Take a look at the church and stroll along the promenade.

This evening there will be a farewell party and captain's dinner. At 11pm we'll set sail to Puerto Montt. 

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Skorpios II ship

Day 6: Disembark in Puerto Montt

We'll arrive in Puerto Montt and at 9am, after breakfast, you'll disembark.

Meals: Breakfast

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

This cruise will be operating from September 2022 onwards, please ask us for more information.


Additional Notes

Child policy – From 1 to 5 years old, free of charge sharing bed. From 6 to 11 years old, 50% discount for children sharing a cabin with two adults. From 12 years old, normal rate.


  • Meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
  • Drinks: all drinks during bar opening hours (alcoholic and non-alcoholic)
  • All drinking water as requested
  • Accommodation: 5 nights in cabin as requested
  • All safety equipment (life jackets) for zodiac excursions
  • All shipboard excursions and activities (as detailed in itinerary)
  • All excursions (as detailed in itinerary)


  • Meals not indicated in itinerary
  • Any extra/optional excursions
  • Transfer between Puerto Montt Airport and ferry port, round trip price is USD $38 per passenger
  • Port taxes of USD $40 per passenger
  • Personal Equipment (request our recommended kit list)
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Gratuities/tips
  • International and domestic/in country flights
  • Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses

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