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CROSSING THE ANDES BY BOAT
Pucón - San Martín de los Andes
Puerto Varas - Bariloche
(Cruce Andino o de Lagos)
CARRETERA AUSTRAL
Puerto Montt - Chaitén
Puerto Montt - Puerto Chacabuco
Chiloé - Chaitén
Quellón - Puerto Chacabuco
Hornopirén - Caleta Gonzalo
Weekend Cruises
Fiordo Quintupeu

(Skorpios)
LAGUNA SAN RAFAEL
From Puerto Montt:
Navimag Ferries
Skorpios
From Pto. Chacabuco:
Catamaranes del Sur
Navimag Ferries
From Bahía Exploradores:
Launch "Explora I"
PATAGONIAN CHANNELS
Puerto Montt - Puerto Natales (Navimag)
From Puerto Natales to Southern Ice Field
(Skorpios III)
TIERRA DEL FUEGO
Punta Arenas - Ushuaia
(Cruceros Australis)
Punta Arenas - Puerto Williams

TIERRA DEL FUEGO

The southern end of the American continent is a land full of mystic, swept away by constant and stormy winds that force trees to grow inclined to the east. Here the Andes Mountains dive definitely into the Ocean, not before reaching a last highlight at the spectacular Cordillera de Darwin, full of glaciers that descend into the fjords.

Tierra del Fuego is separated from the rest of the continent by the Magellan Strait, discovered in 1520 by the same's name Portuguese voyager. It was a very important maritime connection between Europe and the west coast of the Americas, until the construction of the Panamá channel in the 20th century. To the south, the Beagle channel separates Tierra del Fuego from some smaller islands even farther south, until the last piece of land called Cape Horn. At this point the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans meet, forming the Drake Pass, which separates Southamerica from Antartica.

 
Summery of the Routes in Tierra del Fuego
Primera Angostura: Punta Delgada -> Bahía Azul
Austral Brom 20 minutes Ferries Roll-on Roll-off
Here is the narrowest part of the Magellan Strait. It is the most direct way to get to Tierra del Fuego coming from Argentina. There is a regular ferries' service throughout the year, approximately every 40 minutes. Not reservation needed. Passengers: US$ 3, small vehicles about 24 US$.
 
Punta Arenas -> Porvenir
Austral Brom 140 minutes Ferry Crux Australis
Porvenir is the capital of the Chilean part of Tierra del Fuego, and is located on the west part of the Island, facing Punta Arenas. The ferries' service work from Tuesday to Sunday, with one trip in each direction. Usually there is no need to make a reservation, but during the summer months of January and February, it is better to do so. Passengers pay about US$ 8, a small vehicle pays around 50 US$.
 
Punta Arenas -> Puerto Williams (Navarino Island – Chile) 
Austral Brom 30 hours Ferry with seats
from US$ 175
     
Punta Arenas -> Ushuaia (Tierra del Fuego – Argentina)
Cruceros Australis 4 or 5 days Touristic Cruiser
from US$ 1.189
         

There are also several sailboats and motorboats that offer charter trips through the labyrinth of channels, including visits to the Cordillera de Darwin and/or Cape Horn. They have room for 6 to 10 passengers, and the journey can take from 3 to 7 days. It is the most exclusive way to travel around this region, and may be a good option for a family party or group of friends. However, it can be difficult to find a "seat" if travelling alone.
There is no official navigation between Puerto Williams and Ushuaia, in the Beagle channel. But it is not hard to find private boats willing to take passengers across. Depending in the number of people, they can charge between 80 and 150 dollars per person, for this short trip (only a couple hours long).

 


A ship of Cruceros Australis vising the glacier


The Yaghan ferry runs between Punta Arenas and Puerto Williams


Cape Horn


The ferry Patagonia covers the route on Primera Angostura

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