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Sailing and Cruising in Chile

The network of Patagonian waterways allows to discover the virgin beauty of gorgeous​ natural landscapes and local fauna

Best time: September–April

Sailing and Cruising
Sailing and Cruising

Patagonian waterways overlooked by lush forests, snow-capped mountains, fjords, and ice fields are the top sailing destination in Chile. Besides the pristine natural scenery, you may also encounter marine fauna—namely dolphins, sea lions, and penguins. The most famous routes wind through the Straight of Magellan and Torres del Paine National Park. Another cruise departures from Puerto Mont set in the Chilean Lake District through Puerto Natales, and the route above all – around the Southern Patagonia Ice Field. The glacier occupies the vast area of 16,800 km² and is the second largest in the world remaining after the last ice age. Some cruises run year-round, but most are offered between September and April.​

Practical info

What is the best time to go on a Patagonia sailing trip?

The climate is most stable for sailing and enjoying the natural beauty of Patagonia from September through April. Cruises are available anytime, but the winters can be very harsh, making winter tours unsuitable. It's crucial to prepare for unexpected weather changes no matter the time of year. Visitors should note that the region might not be as predictable as they might expect. When planning a sailing trip in Patagonia, it is helpful to consider vessels with knowledgeable naturalists on board to provide an educational experience. Show more

Will we see any marine fauna during our Patagonia sailing trip?

Patagonia is known for its magnificent marine wildlife. A sailing trip presents an ideal opportunity to view dolphins, penguins, and sea lions in their natural environments. The specific fauna sighting possibilities and tour routes depend on dates and selected routes. The Straits of Magellan is an optimum location to view certain animals, especially dolphins. If you're interested in a Patagonia sailing excursion that is as educational as it is scenic, consider vessels with naturalists or trained professionals on board. Show more

What is Patagonia's most famous sailing route?

The Torres del Paine National Park and the Strait of Magellan are the major highlights of the most famous sailing route in Patagonia. Passengers can enjoy the stunning scenery while having comfortable facilities on board. An alternative route includes cruising from Puerto Montt along Puerto Natales allowing visitors to encounter the picturesque Lakeside area and remote sandy beaches of Chilean Lake District. Sailing around the Southern Patagonian Ice Field presents a remarkable opportunity for adventurers willing to explore the region's most remote locations and most profound natural wonders. Show more

What is Patagonia's largest glacier that's visible during sailing trips?

The Southern Patagonia Ice Field is the most significant glacier in Patagonia that one can witness while sailing. Millions of years ago, it covered around 16,800 square kilometers, making it one of the largest remaining ice fields after the last Ice Age. Sailing is the only way to access the remote region, a popular destination for sailing enthusiasts. The glacier's awe-inspiring massive size and surrounding natural beauty make it one of the region's most impressive sights. Show more

Are sailing tours available throughout the year in Patagonia?

Patagonia's sailing tours are accessible throughout the year. However, the best time for a more predictable and reliable experience with milder climates and utmost natural beauty is between September and April. Visitors should prepare for some cancellations to their itinerary resulting from sudden weather changes. Despite the more unpredictable weather during wintertime, cruises may be available for other activities like spotting wildlife or enjoying an adventure in the winterscape for the more daring visitors. Show more

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