is the most direct way to get to Chaitén from the continent,
since there is no road between the two cities, separated by
Puerto Montt, the boat crosses the interior sea of the Chiloé
archipelago, through calm waters protected by the Isla Grande
of Chiloé. With good visibility it is possible to see
a chain of high summits and volcanoes in the continent. Unfortunately,
most services are done during the night, which spoils the
chance to enjoy the view.
journey is made by Naviera Austral with its boats Pincoya
and Don Baldo. Both carry cargo, vehicles and passengers,
since the matime route is one of the best transport and comunication
options in the zone. The Don Baldo offers cabin accommodation.
It is possible to buy seats ("butaca") or just a
"general ticket" without seat. The ferry Don Baldo
has also cabins with berths for 4 people.
there is space for passengers until shortly before the departure.
However, if travelling by car, it is better to make a booking
first, especially during the summer.
more information, please contact directly Naviera Austral:
Web Site : www.navieraustral.cl
Phones in Puerto Montt:(56-65) 270400 / 270431 / 270432
Phone in Chaitén: (56-9) 79760342
Phone in Quellón: (56-65) 682207
Phone Puerto Chacabuco: (56-67) 351493
to weather conditions/and or mechanical problems, the boats
have been repeateadly reported late and some trips even got
cancelled. If you want to travel this route, we recommend
to consider enough time for this kind of situations.