Captain Reilly Strand
The start of your amazing trip will begin with an easy pick up from the airport in Puerto Montt, Chile. After a short drive you will arrive at the vessel where you will be greeted by an incredible crew. They will give you a quick tour of your new home for the next week while the stew puts your luggage away. While departing, the chef will prepare a delicious lunch aboard using locally sourced seafood. You will enjoy this meal lounging on the beautiful aft deck for the start of your unforgettable trip. The yacht departs for your first night anchorage near the eastern shores of Isla Chiloe, cruising through Golfo de Ancudand Canal Apiao. The first night will be spent taking in the serenity of the bay surrounding Isla Linlinao. A traditional curanto will be served for dinner, made with ingredients purchased from local vendors in Chiloe.
The next day transportation will be arranged to go ashore for a visit to Parque Nacional Chiloe after an early breakfast. You will be transferred ashore on the Nautica tender and taken to the temperate rainforests surrounding the western coast of Chiloe. A local guide will take you to explore the variety of flora and fauna throughout the park and the expansive beach facing the Pacific. Lunch will be arranged at a local pica to experience the hospitality and cuisine of Chiloe. After returning to the yacht, the crew will prepare to get underway to the next anchorage near Isla Carmen to the southeast. A slow cruise towards Isla Carmen includes stunning views of Volcano Corcovado. The anchor will set just off of the shoreline with Volcano Corcovado towering overhead. Wave runners will be launched to offer sunset tours of the fjords nearby while dinner is prepared for another night under the stars.
This day will be spent at the anchorage near Isla Carmen where both wave runners and tenders will be available for tours of the fjords. A shore excursion will be planned for a hike up to the top of the nearest fjord to take in the views of the bay. From the vista both Volcano Corcovado and Chiloe are visible on a clear day. Lunch will be served on the hike and upon return to the yacht all watercraft are loaded in preparation for the longest cruise of the trip to Glacier San Rafael in the south. Dinner will be served against the backdrop of passing fjords as the sun slowly sets over the mountains ahead.
The crew will prepare for a day of iceberg spotting and glacial cruising by launching the Nautica tender and scouting the area ahead for ice formations. The yacht begins the final 20 nautical mile cruise to the glacier as breakfast is served. Upon arrival to Laguna San Rafael the Nautica will be launched again and crew members will scout the area ahead for suitable conditions. The yacht follows behind getting close to the primary glacial wall. Cruising will continue in this area for many hours as the guests are allowed to fully take in the sight of the glacier. Before sunset the yacht will return to the main channel to an anchorage in the Quitralco fjord.
A local breakfast will be served onshore in Quitralco and hot springs will be offered for use nearby. The crew of the yacht will take this time to inspect conditions for a waterfall approach in the nearby fjord. When you return, you will be taken via the sea vee to the nearby waterfall where it is possible to nose the tender up to the fjord wall and experience the waterfall up close. On the return trip the crew will keep an eye out for any dolphins or whales that might be exploring the fjords with them that day. The wave runners are once again offered for use and shoreside excursions will be arranged for more hiking if requested. Dinner will be served at anchor and the yacht will cruise shortly after for a return to Chiloe.
Next you will arrive in Islote Conejos, a popular destination where Magellan penguins can be observed from the Nautica. After breakfast, you. will be taken to the island where you will get a close up view of the penguin colony and the various birds that also inhabit the island. The yacht will continue up to Castro where you will go ashore for your final night to see the famous wooden stilt houses and the bright yellow cathedral in La Plaza de Armas. A guide will accompany you and show you the best places for purchasing gifts and souvenirs. Dinner can be had ashore or onboard. A short movie of the trip will be presented to you in the sky lounge after dinner to commemorate a successful trip.
After breakfast onboard you will prepare to depart for the local airport where a helicopter is arranged to give a final aerial tour of the region. You will arrive in Puerto Montt to return to your final destinations.