Reception of passengers at Punta Arenas airport, transfer to the Skorpios
office. Check-in. During the afternoon, transfer by bus to Puerto Natales,
arriving at 19.00 hrs. aprox to the Skorpios Terminal. Embarkation. 20.00
hrs. Welcome drink and dinner on board.
20:30 hrs. Ship sets sail from Puerto Natales, navegating the Patagonian
Channels, Kirke Narrowness, Channel Morla Vicuña, Seno Unión.
During the morning, we will continue navigating through the Sarmiento
Channel, Pitt Channel and Concepción Channel. 19.00 hrs. Arrival
to the Antrim Fjord. Dinner on board. Dancing Party.
Day 3 Monday
08.00 hrs Visit to Pío XI Glacier, navegating in front of the glacier,
the biggest of South America, with a surface of 1263 km2, belonging to
the Bernardo OHiggins National Park, the biggest national park in
12.30 hrs Ship weighs anchor from Seno Eyre and Grappler Channel. 16.30
hrs arrival to Puerto Edén, disembarkation in botes. Two hours
excursion, visiting this village, located in Wellington Island. Its
first inhabitants were the kaweskar or alacalufes aborigines. This village
doesnt have any streets, only footbridges, were it is possible to
take a walk arround town and go up to a viewpoint. Ship sets sail at 18.30
hrs from Puerto Edén, navigating through the Paso del Indio and
Paso del Abismo.
09.00 hrs visit to the Calvo Fjord were we will be able to appreciate
four glaciers, of different shapes and colors. Excursions in Hercules
boats (icebraker motorboats). Boats gets close to the Calvo Glacier, only
if the weather conditions allow so. 13:00 hrs Ship set sail.
During the afternoon, navigation through the Peel Fjord. Visit to the
Asia and Amalia Fjord. 18.00 hrs Ship sights land in Villarrica Creek,
trips on boats, if the weather conditions allow so. 23.00 hrs Ship sets
09.00 hrs Visit to the Montanas Fjord were we will be able to see five
little glaciers that hook of from the hills to the sea.Walking towards
the glacier Bernal.
16:00 hrs Ship sets sail from the Montanas Fjord, cross of the Kirke Narrowness,
during the night, the ship casts anchor at Seno Ultima Esperanza. Farewell
Dinner and Ball.
Navegating Seno Ultima Esperanza, 08.30 hrs arrival at Skorpios Terminal
in Puerto Natales. 10.00 hrs passengers disembark, transfer by bus to
of our services
BOARD SERVICES All
of the Skorpios services are based on cordial, friendly personal attention.
This characteristic of the people of southern Chile has become the trademark
of our family service, providing a quality service that meets international
standards. Even the smallest service details are given priority and importance,
aboard the Skorpios. The satisfaction of our passengers needs is our daily
the services of the Skorpios that are highlighted are: (the bar is always
open, without additional cost), passengers can visit all areas of the
ship without restriction (from the machine room, to the control bridge,
even the kitchen). Gastronomical needs are provided for without restriction
& menu changes are accepted without additional cost, games and reading
rooms, smoking and non-smoking bars, bilingual trip information, simultaneous
chat translations, satellite telephone, cable & public TV & and
all of the commodities of hotelier that correspond to a luxurious service.
WHAT`S TO SEE
THE PIO XI GLACIER The
Pio XI Glacier is located in the North section of the Southern Ice Fields,
at the end of the Eyre Inlet. This glacier is the largest glacier in the
southern hemisphere, with a surface of 1,242 kms that transforms it into
a true colossal of ice. It front is approximately 6 kms wide, its ice
towers reach higher than 75 meters and it has a length of 60 kms. It is
one of the few glaciers that are found in its maximum neo-glacial position.
It has registered advances of up to 10 kilometers during recent years.
The antiquity of the Pio XI Glacier is millenary; it originates in the
Southern Ice Fields and has a surface of 13,000 km2 and an extension over
the Andes Mountains of more than 35 kilometers. Pio XI is one of the 48
glaciers that originates from this Ice Field. It is here that the M/N
Skorpios III closes in on the glacier, navigating through the different
sizes and shapes of ice floes, whose colorful ices of blue, light blue
and white profoundly impress the visitor.
AMALIA GLACIER Following
along the Peel Inlet, we find the Amalia Glacier, situated in the central
section of the Ice Fields, its long silhouette appears to be hanging between
the peaks of the mountains, to see it is an awesome spectacle, its ice
towers, and its colors contrasting with the surroundings, create emotions
in all spectators. This glacier is one of the 48 glaciers that composes
the Southern Ice Fields, which are considered to be the third largest
reserve of fresh water in the world. The Amalia Glacier has a width of
approximately 1 kilometer and a height of 40 meters. Its mass of ice is
supplied, for the major part, by the intense snowstorms that occur almost
throughout the entire year. In this paradise of natural beauty, the M/N
Skorpios III sails in close to the face of the glacier and then moves
from the south to the north so the passengers can enjoy the entirety of
the glaciers spectacular white splendor.
The crossing begins in Puerto Natales, sailing through the Kirke Narrows,
heading towards the north through the Moral Vicuña, Seno Union,
Collingwood, Sarmiento, Concepción and Wide Canals, so as to anchor
in the beautiful spot known as Seno Eyre.
While navigating through these canals and fjords we commence to be fascinated
with scenery of impressionable contrasts of lights and shades, where the
mountains run into a sea that is dotted with Isles; lands furrowed with
winds; a region in which the glaciers continue their slow work, pulverizing
rocks, plowing out valleys and immense canals, that in past ages were
explored by, amongst many others, legendary navigators such as Ladrillero,
Darwin and Fitz Roy.
LAS MONTAÑAS CHANNEL
This Fjord gets its name because it is surrounded of enormous mountains,
which bring down, all the way to the ocean exuberant flora and trees.
We will sail this fjord for almost two hours, passing by Newton Island
to get to see three glaciers: Zamudio Glacier, Paredes Glacier and Bernal
Glacier. All of these come down gently from the mountains, bringing into
the sea their millenary ice. In this place, we will stop for two hours
aprox., and we will take a walk through the dense forest to the base of
the Bernal Glacier, were we will be able to appreciate its beauty, touch
its bluish ice, free from any contamination.
This fjord is the last part of the Southern Ice Fields, here ends the
ice cape that covers the Andes Mountains. With out any doubts, the Montañas
Channel captivates because of its breathtaking beauty.
THE CALVO FJORD
We furrow through of the Peel Fjord so as to enter the Calvo Fjord, where
we visit six glaciers that seed these quiet waters with colorful and multi-shaped
ice floes, through which we take a pleasant excursion in motorboats and
have a toast with our tradition of whisky on millennium old glacial ice.
The navigation amongst the icebergs is a unique Antarctic phenomenon that
is difficult to forget. The motorboats move through this paradise, taking
time to visit each ice sculpture, so that the tourists can
take pictures and if possible even touch the icebergs.
In the Magallanes region, the tourist has the possibility of knowing ancient,
and new, Cities and Villages; to visit them is to remember the past. Exploring
their streets and places of interest is very agreeable. In the Kaweskar
Explorers Route visitors have the possibility of becoming acquainted with
Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales and Puerto Eden, besides this there are small
villages that also are worthy of taking advantage of as you visit this
area. For example, take the opportunity to visit Porvenir, El Turbio,
Usuahia, Calafate, as well as many other Argentinean Cities in this zone
Punta Arenas, with a population of 140,000 is capital of the Magallanes
region, an urban center that is located on the shores of the Straits of
Magallanes, in the Brunswick Peninsula, at approximately 53º - 54º
latitude south. Formerly this city was called Punta Arenosa, which literally
translated means Sandy Point, due to the fact that J. Byron
discovered it in XVII. It is situated 2,500 kms to the south of Santiago.
Punta Arenas was founded as a military fort in 1849 to reinforce Chiles
intentions to gain sovereignty over the Straits of Magellan.
Punta Arenas was constructed as a supply post for ships before the inauguration
of the Panama Canal. In 1927 it was renamed Magallanes, however in 1938
the city returned to its original name.
Punta Arenas has a great historical and cultural past. Originally it was
inhabited by European Colonists that arrived in these territories looking
for new horizons, it was these early settles that developed the limber
and agricultural industries, its traditional antique homes, many of them
national monuments, give graphic account of the successful past. Today
it is the doorway to the austral Patagonia of Chile. It possesses all
of the required infrastructures of larger cities, such as: Hotels, restaurants,
international airport, commercial centers and all the necessary services
for tourist reception.
This is the capital of the Province of the Last Hope. Founded in 1911,
it is situated at the top of a small hill that has a slight incline. Puerto
Natales, 247 kms north-east of Punta Arenas, can be reached by vehicle
or modern buses, it is at sea level on the shores of the Señoret
Canal and in front of the the Patagonian Los Andes Mountain.
It is the Port of entrance to beautiful natural landscapes such as the
worldwide known Torres del Paine National Park and the Cave of Milodon
Natural Monument. From the slight incline on which it is situated one
can see the Riesco Mountains, the Macizo Paine and the wind blown Southern
Puerto Natales has a population of 15,500, being connected to Argentina
via the Turbio River, a coal-mining city in which work the majority of
the Puerto Natales population.
Besides its attractions that have already been mentioned is: the Casino
of Games of Puerto Natales, the Municipal Museum, and the Town Square
where an antique train engine is found, a steam locomotor that was used
in the Bories Industrial Plant, which worked with the production of the
cattle ranches of that epoch of splendor for the Agricultural Society
of the Tierra del Fuego, the principal hacienda of that time.
The magnificent territory that surrounds the city is dominated by cattle
ranches and the immediate areas by acreages and small irrigated parcels
of land that are used to produce vegetables and other products, all of
which have the quality of having been produced in an organic manner.
There is a good tourist infrastructure, which boasts Cafe Restaurants,
the most southerly Casino in the world, small and picturesque commercial
establishments, a historical museum and Travel Agencies that offer a wide
panorama of tours that the tourist should not miss. Furthermore the visitor
has at their disposal an attractive choice of places to stay, from large
hotels to small B & B residences that offer personalized attention.
Situated on the Island of Wellington, it is the last habited place on
the maritime route between Puerto Montt and Puerto Natales, by way of
the Messier Canal.
The first inhabitants of this area were native tribes, the Kaweskar and
Alacalufes. Currently the last living members of this ethnic group, which
are at the point of extinction, still live here. The first white men,
from the Chilean Navy, arrived in this area in 1930 using it as a re-supply
point for the seaplanes that fly between Chamiza, Puerto Mont and Punta
It is accessible only by water; there is no airport and no overland routes.
It is located at 49º 07 34 south and 74º 25
01 west on the Island of Wellington, a Pacific archipelago. It is
a strategic point for access to the Southern Ice Fields.
It has a population of 284 and pertains to the Magellan and Chilean Antarctic
Regions, whose capital is Punta Arenas. This area is part of the Natales
It has a temperate, cold, rainy climate, with precipitation of ??????
mm and temperatures between 12º and 4º C.
The principal economic activity is fishing, the extraction of mussels
and public administration. It is located some 2,075 kms from Santiago.
TORRES DEL PAINE
This National Park covers 181,000 hectares & is situated in the Ultima
Ezperanza Inlet some 150 kms from Puerto Natales. UNESCO declared this
Park a Worldwide Biosphere Reserve in 1978. It has three access points:
Portería Sarmiento, the Laguna Armarga & Laguna Azul. This
park possesses incredible beauty & walking paths that run through
different type of pampas, thick Magellanic forests, and lagoons filled
with ice floes. The principal highlight, know world wide, are the Towers
and Horns of Paine: it has multitude of multi colored lakes such as: Nordeskjold,
Pehóe, Toro, Sarmiento and Grey; Laguna Azul with its snow capped
peaks Grey and Dickson and the Serrano River, from which can be caught
large salmon. As well visitors can view impressionable glaciers, all of
which are surrounded by gigantic rocks that characterize the silhouette
of the Horns of Paine. There are seven Forest Ranger stations distributed
throughout the Torres del Paine Park all of which have communication with
the Administrative Headquarters of the Park. From these Forest Ranger
Stations excursion on foot or on horse, camping, climbing and fishing,
can be arranged.
Besides this there are huts in distinct places for overnight stays. Upon
entering this National Park species that are born in desert ambients can
be found, such as: there are shrubs such as: mato barrosa, mata negra,
senecio and calafate amongst the shrubs and broom sedge amongst the herbaceous.
In the interior of the park there are small forests of Tenga, grass shrubs,
clover and other plants and flowers of great beauty such as the capachitos
and orchids. In this marvelous natural paradise there are about 21 species
of mammals, such as: Puma, guanaco & guemul. The birds, for their
part, are represented by: ostrich, black necked swan, small short-necked
swan & eagle, amongst others.