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“laguna san rafael”

Reviewed 15 March 2013

we took a boat cruze from puerto mont in a verry nice boat,with a verry good convinience as chef,and verry nice dormitory,and great stuff.we book a 6 day tour along the canals of south chile.great lansdscape and verry romantic views.5 meals abord every day and great partys at night.when arrive to the glaciars we went down on small boats that took us near the glaciars.we could see how great walls of 80 meters brake down and sure was one of our great expiriace to see the power of nature.i realy recomend to do this trip

5  Thank micky239
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Reviewed 26 February 2013

Unforgettable watching a calving glacier for a couple hours. This is a very expensive trip though. Had been a decade ago on a 75% off (last minute, $3,200 for two) 8-day trip to Antarctica (saw lots but no calving glaciers that I remember) on a ship that had it all: a brand new Norwegian ice breaker; great, varied buffet meals; lectures by historians and scientists all day long for all of our non-landing days in Antarctia. So we frankly expected more of the Skorpios II. First of all, the crew was fantastic and did everything to make passengers (just over 100) very comfortable. But we expected ample buffets and food instead rather indifferent "served" food. We were surprised that there were very few "foreign" travelers, almost everybody were Chilenos or Argentinians, obviously of some resources. It would really help if the Skoprios had some informed lectures about flora and fauna and history. Second, if they once had buffet meals, they should reinstate them. Obviously I would have been much happier had this journey cost $2,000 or 3,000 for two, instead of more than $4,000. There are other ways -- cheaper but perhaps more adventurous to get to see this glacier. Look at three or more guide books and study (harder than I did) before you get on the airplane for Chile.

5  Thank 60726Nicky_11
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Reviewed 19 January 2013

This was a trip that I had dreamed of for years and years. I knew the glacier was remote and amazing and finally we shelled the money for the 5 day Skorpios trip. The ticket was expensive, but then, there are no cheap ways to get there and you go through a lot of incredible desolate and remote fiords before you get there.
The glacier is incredibly beautiful, and the experience in the boats where they put you so that you can approach the icefloats and the glaciers wall (as close as 400 meters), is incomparable. Ok, the crew chips ices from the floats and they pass glasses with the ice and liberal amounts of whisky, and that makes it sweet. The ice floats are incredible; some of them not only intense blue but almost transparent. Others have been carved by the wind and water to beautiful shapes. We also saw a leopard seal basking on a float. She didn't seem to care too much about the noise and the thousands of snapshots. The weather was crappy, but it did not seem to make the spectacle any less thrilling and it does bring out the colors in the ice. I hope I can attach a couple of pictures.
Other highlight of the Skorpios trip was the day spent in the Quitralco fiord. There the company has the management of some hot springs and that was fun. The fiord itself is full of islets and the water is really calm, almost like a mirror. The hills are covered by untouched forests and the little hike up the trail to the viewpoint is totally worth it. The lunch there was the best of the trip; roasted lamb so delicious that the memory waters my mouth. Otherwise, the meals in the ship, were blah at best, though the last night, the dinner was quite spectacular with all sort of fantastic seafood as well.
Otherwise, the cruise itself had good and bad points. Good: great cabin size and the biggest bathroom I've had in a cruise. Good service, open bar all trip long (ok, that got my husband into trouble one day), friendly staff, open access to the bridge and the engine room. The bad, as I said, blah meals most of the time, hot cabins and dining room (sometimes, stifflingly so), not very well informed guides.
I think that the operation would greatly improve if the cruise directors would be better informed (sometimes they made embarrasing mistakes like saying that the blue color of the ice was due to difraction-help me god, that is the wrong physical explanation) and others, they simply missed the opportunity to highlight flora and fauna and history of the region. They were just not knowledgeable. Sometimes, they were a bit tacky too.
So the place gets 5 stars, the Skorpios 4

7  Thank Cristina B
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Reviewed 14 November 2012

We were on board the Skorpios 11 cruise for 5 days- the highlight being a day in the San Rafael Lagoon. We boarded a smaller vessel in the morning and sailed so close to the glacier that it was breath taking. The sound of the cracking as the glacier moved, the boom as sections fell, the colour of the fissures - it blew us away.
Later the bigger boat moved up to the glacier and we stared at it for hours - mesmerising. Moving through the ice and icebergs was also wonderful & provided even more photo opportunities. Thank heavens for a cloudy day as the colours were intensified. Hundreds of photos later....
Markers have been placed on the rocks to mark the iceberg - 1979 > . Unfortunately the glacier is receding dramatically - who says there is no global warming?

3  Thank jokim05
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Reviewed 14 February 2012

The day trip to the glacier of Laguna San Rafael was the main reason we went to the Loberias del Sur hotel in Puerto Chacabuco, way down the south of Chile. The company that owns the hotel also runs this one day trip on their large catamaran ships.
The ship was parked in a beautiful cove right in front of the hotel. They picked us up very early in the morning and drove us to the ship. Breakfast was served while cruising out of the inlet.
Weather wise we had a top notch day; brilliant sun and no wind whatsoever. According to the ships personnel that happened not more than twice a year.The voyage through the straits was very beautiful; amazing vegetation, large mountains, birds large and small, they even slowed down the ship as we passed a large family of seals so we could photograph them.
Large chunks of ice appeared in the water as we approached the icefields… and suddenly we were there.
The ship was parked some distance away from the glacier. Large inflatable boats were lowered from the ship and all of us were taken over for a closer look. As we sat on the boats staring at this amazing view, large pieces of cliff would degage and fall into the water with a big noise and the pilot of the craft had to drive the boat away to avoid the wave created by the falling ice.
In the afternoon we started back to the hotel. Unlimited open bar with all kinds of top notch liquors was served, live music and another meal was made available.
All the pictures shown in this review were taken by my wife and I.
Of all the many trips we have taken in our lives this must be one of the most unforgettable ones.
If you have a chance in your life to make this trip, do not hesitate a minute and do it.

17  Thank Jose-Anita
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