Some 150 nautical miles south of Puerto Chacabuco lies Laguna San Rafael National Park. Getting here is in itself a wonderful experience as the ship cruises through waterways, fjords and estuaries that offer stunning scenery. Within the park is the tallest peak in the Southern Andes, Mount San Valentín at 13,310 feet. Fields of ice extend over this mountain and the surrounding hills and from it 19 glaciers are born. However, the most famous attraction is the Mount San Valentín glacier. View more
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Join us on this once in a life time experience as you travel by chartered catamaran to one of the most spectacular sceneries in Southern Chile.
After cruising through the beautiful Chilean fjords, the ship will anchor at Paso Quesahuen, a distance of about 60 minutes cruising time from Laguna San Rafael. Due to the limited capacity of the catamaran, four departures are scheduled approximately 3 hours apart. Whether you are in the first or the last group, the incredible scenery and the thrill of this unique outing will make for lasting memories.
Board the catamaran shipside at the appointed time and cruise toward the Laguna San Rafael. Once anchored inside the lagoon and near the San Valentin Glacier you can enjoy a close-up view of this awesome mass of ice rising up from the lake like a 'blue-hued wall'. You can see huge chunks of ice 'calving' and crashing into the water with thundering noise. Watch in amazement this breath-taking spectacle and make sure to have your camera ready. After lingering for approximately 45 minutes, the catamaran will slowly make its way back out of the lagoon amongst chunks of ice scattered across the water. The picture is a fascinating kaleidoscope of incredible colours of surreal, translucent blues and greens.
Hot and cold refreshments are served during the cruise whilst you are comfortably seated in the cosy interior, or you may venture to the outdoor deck areas.
The tour concludes back at the ship.
Please note: This tour is not recommended for guests prone to seasickness. It is recommended that you dress warmly and in layers. Remember to bring gloves, a warm hat and shawl, and your camera. Expect the weather to be unpredictable. Due to the remote location there is no other sightseeing option or shore-side activities available. The ship will not dock; independent sightseeing is not possible in this destination.