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Explore the dramatic fjords and channels of Chile between Puerto Montt to Puerto Natales

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Navegación entre canales y fiordos Patogónicos con Navimag

Enjoy a stunning cruise along the west coast of Chile with its glacier-studded fjords, emerald lakes and channels. For the nature lover, this opens up opportunities to see the multitude of wildlife found in these waters including penguins, dolphins, seabirds and sea lions. On board lectures and daily activities make this a truly memorable journey.

Highlights

  • Cruising the Patagonian fjords
  • Spectacular glaciers and channels
  • Birdwatching and other wildlife viewing
  • Puerto Edén

Itinerary

Day 1 Join Puerto Montt (Friday)

This morning we shall board the Navimag ship “Evangelistas” bound for Puerto Natales. Whilst on board you will have Navimag services which include full board, accommodation in various cabins, open deck areas, bar, glacier viewing, films and other entertainment, lectures describing the local geology, glaciation, Kaweskar people, flora and fauna. The ship will commence its journey in the late afternoon.

Days 2-3 Cruise south to Puerto Natales

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Puerto Eden – Navimag

Upon boarding the Evangelistas at Puerto Montt, we will be rewarded by a fabulous journey through the fjords and channels of Western Chile. From the comfort of our ship, we will be spectators of a wild landscape where the evergreen forests, glaciers and mountains with eternal snows meet the sea. This voyage, accompanied by seals and dolphins, passes close to national parks with untouched mountain massifs, and remote villages such as Puerto Edén, where the heritage of the aboriginal forefathers can still be recognized. This is the ideal accompaniment to any South American adventure. The friendly staff onboard will present useful information and keep you abreast of developments during the journey. The majority of the cruise is through fjords and channels where the sea conditions are generally calm, however for one night the journey heads out into open water, where the conditions can sometimes be quite rough. We advise you take medications if you suffer from sea sickness.

Day 4 Trip concludes in Puerto Natales

After breakfast our trip concludes in Puerto Natales at 8.30am. Further services such as transfers to the airport, additional accommodation in Puerto Natales, or extensions in the Torres del Paine National Park or Antarctica can be arranged on request.

Additional Information

Inclusions

  • 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Comfortable but basic cabin accommodation (refer to our office for details on cabin types)
  • Use of all public areas on cruise
  • Various on board lectures and activities
  • Port taxes and port charges imposed by government authorities
  • Pre-departure information

Navigation through  the channels and fjords

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Introducing Chile by LONELY PLANET

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Volcán Osorno

Spindly Chile stretches 4300km – over half the continent – from the driest desert in the world (near San Pedro de Atacama) to massive glacial fields. Filling up the in-between are volcanoes, geysers, beaches, lakes, rivers, steppe and countless islands. Slenderness gives Chile the intimacy of a backyard (albeit one fenced between the Andes and the Pacific). What’s on offer? Everything. With easy infrastructure, spectacular sights and hospitable hosts, the hardest part is choosing an itinerary. Consider the sweeping desert solitude, craggy summits and the lush forests of the fjords. Rapa Nui (Easter Island) and the isolated Isla Robinson Crusoe offer extracontinental exploits.

But don’t forget that Chile is as much about character as it is setting. Its far-flung location fires the imagination and has been known to make poets out of barmen, dreamers out of presidents and friends out of strangers. A few wrong turns and detours and you too will be part of this tightly woven family who barbecues on Sunday. Don’t forget to bring an extra bottle of red to the long, lazy dinners that await.

Fast Facts about Chile

  • Pisco produced annually50 million liters
  • Head of statePresident Sebastian Piñera
  • Famous forTierra del Fuego, Pablo Neruda, Isabel Allende, pisco, wine, General Pinochet, Patagonia
  • Did you know…that Chile is the world’s fifth largest exporter of wine?
  • She said itYou can tell the deepest truths with the lies of fiction – Isabel Allende
  • Highest pointOjos del Salado (6893m)
  • Population16,601,700 (4.6% of which is indigenous)
  • Number of moai on Easter Island (Rapa Nui)887
  • The oldest known Chinchorro mummy…dates back to c 5050 BC (some 2000 years before Egypt started mummifying its dead)
  • Number of vicuña remaining in Chile25,000

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Revista TIME dedica un articulo a Tierra del Fuego Chile (inglés)

Saving the Ends of the Earth

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I could barely make out Steve Sanderson over the winds howling into the satellite phone. Sanderson, the head of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), was calling from Tierra del Fuego in Chile, an island off the very southernmost tip of South America. Other than Antarctica, you can’t get further away from civilization and still be on land than Tierra del Fuego, yet the island has come under the same kind of development pressure that other wild places are experiencing. That’s what has brought Sanderson and WCS to Tierra del Fuego, where this month the group announced a partnership with the government of Chile to cooperate in management of protected areas on Tierra del Fuego—including the island’s first trekking trail, which could become a mecca for ecotourists. “We’re hoping we can make it a major ecotourism destination,” says Sanderson. “It’s a truly beautiful, beautiful area.”

WCS already had a strong conservation program in Chile and Tierra del Fuego, where it manages Karukinka, a nearly 300,000-hectare protected area on the island. Karukinka was actually donated to WCS in 2004 by the investment bank Goldman Sachs, and it’s a special area, containing the world’s southernmost old-growth forest, as well as wildlife like the Andean condors, elephant seals, dolphins and the endangered culpeo fox. It’s also important for global warming—Sanderson points out that the peatlands on the island contain some 300 million metric tons of sequestered organic carbon, and need to be protected to keep that gas from escaping into the atmosphere. “It’s more than a feel good story,” says Sanderson. “It’s meaningful for the whole planet.”

Most of us will never get to visit a place as remote and as beautiful as Tierra del Fuego—though get down there if you can. But we all benefit when the very special places of the planet are placed under protection.

TIME Magazine USA

Revista TIME habla sobre Isla de Pascua (inglés)

A Quest for Independence: Who Will Rule Easter Island’s Stone Heads?

DSCN3879ury after the last king of Rapa Nui — a.k.a. Easter Island — was allegedly murdered, his bespectacled, octogenarian grandson has ascended to the throne. Valentino Riroroko Tuki’s coronation last July, proclaimed by the indigenous Rapa Nui clans, didn’t garner much, if any, global media attention. But Riroroko’s regal rise, though largely symbolic, could prove critical to the Rapa Nui’s struggle to wrest control of the tiny but legendary South Pacific isle from Chile. “My first obligation as king,” declared Riroroko, who was a farmer and fisherman before becoming a monarch, “is to sue Chile.”

In March, Riroroko and Rapa Nui leaders made good on that pledge and filed a lawsuit seeking independence from Chile. Their claim: that the South American nation has violated the 1888 treaty that let Chile annex the island, through years of abuse and neglect of the island and its 5,000 residents, two-thirds of whom are indigenous Rapa Nui. The treaty’s terms remain fiercely disputed: generations of islanders have sought greater autonomy with limited success, but this time the Rapa Nui clans are hoping the royal restoration will help leverage the creation of a sovereign Rapa Nui nation. “Because the [1888] pact was signed by a king,” explains Osvaldo Galvez, attorney for the Rapa Nui, “only a reigning king can dissolve it.” The king, in other words, is the linchpin of the island’s legal argument.

The suit was filed in Valparaíso, Chile, the same coastal city where in 1898 the Rapa Nui believe their last king, Simeón Riro Kainga, was poisoned and assassinated while on an official visit. The distance between Easter Island and the Valparaíso courtroom — some 2,300 miles (3,700 km), the span between the two U.S. coasts — seems daunting, but the islanders and their ancestors have long been accustomed to traveling unthinkable spaces. Easter Island is the world’s most remote inhabited island — and how its original occupants got there is still one of history’s biggest mysteries. So are its 887 enormous and mesmerizing moai statues, better known as the Stone Heads of Easter Island, which, despite the isle’s isolation, help draw some 70,000 visitors a year.

The Rapa Nui’s desire to have more control over that lucrative but also invasive tourist flow has been a source of escalating tension between the island and Santiago for decades. So have other issues, including what the islanders call the government’s neglect of social infrastructure like hospitals, schools and electricity. Last year, the standoff boiled over when police forcibly removed members of the Hitorangi clan who were occupying a resort hotel on land they claim is indigenous and say the government illegally purchased decades ago. The startling images of bloodied Rapa Nui were denounced by the U.N. special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, James Anaya.

Migration from Chile has introduced other social ills, including the erosion of the native language and customs, says Erity Teave, high commissioner of the Rapa Nui parliament’s division on human rights. The lawsuit, says Teave, is as much about preserving the Rapa Nui’s unique culture as about correcting an alleged legacy of abuse by Chile. “Even though Chile is trying to assimilate us, I don’t feel Chilean,” Teave says. “Nobody can force me to stop being who I am.”

Not everyone shares Teave’s sentiments. One dissenter is Alberto Hotus, president of the island’s Council of Elders, which was the Rapa Nui’s original self-governing body until the Rapa Nui parliament split from it to pursue a more hard-line stance on issues like independence. Hotus does not consider Riroroko his king, and he calls the independence campaign pointless if not dangerous, given the island’s scant resources. Easter Island and its inhabitants are entirely dependent on Chile, Hotus says, so “if Chile were to leave, we’d all die of starvation.”

Despite the expectations generated by the suit, the attorney Galvez admits the Rapa Nui’s case doesn’t stand much of a chance within the Chilean legal framework. That’s due in part to a court system designed to safeguard Chile’s own territorial sovereignty. The objective, says Galvez, is to exhaust the legal options in Chile before taking their case to a more impartial international court later this year.

In the court of public opinion, however, Chileans generally sympathize with the Easter Islanders. Last month, in fact, Congress approved an amendment to the Chilean constitution that allows the government to regulate visitation to the island. Still, it says nothing about what role the Rapa Nui themselves would play in deciding acceptable limits. And while the islanders say the government is trying harder now to address some of their more urgent social needs, independence is still their goal, say Rapa Nui like Tuhira Terangi Tucki Huke, 31, a mother of two. Every day under Chilean rule, she complains, “we lose a little more because they are imposing a system that doesn’t allow us to develop socially, spiritually or economically.”

Typical of her younger generation, Tucki had to leave Easter Island for a number of years to pursue a university degree. She returned, feeling the strong pull of her island roots, and works in tourism, as do most residents, because there is no work there in her chosen field of environmental planning. She says she does what she can to pass on the indigenous traditions to her children — and in that regard, Riroroko’s coronation was a watershed. Seeing the feathery crown placed on his head, says Tucki, was like living “a dream.” But like the mystery of Easter Island’s Stone Heads, a solution to the Rapa Nui’s independence movement still seems remote.

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NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC recomienda Santiago

Santiago, Chile

Revered “people’s poet” Pablo Neruda, best known for his romantic verse, secretly rendezvoused with his mistress and muse at his home, called La Chascona. The bright blue-and-yellow domicile is located in the hilltop Bellavista neighborhood, which can be explored with La Bicicleta Verde tours.Chile honors another Nobel Prize–winning bard, Gabriela Mistral, with an elaborate mural in Cerro Santa Lucia park—and with her visage on the 5,000 peso note.

The exorbitant cost of new books in Chile has resulted in a robust market for secondhand publications. Peruse the offerings at the weekend market on Lastarria Street near the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, or visit the numerous merchants in the small shopping center near the intersection of Providencia Avenue and Miguel Claro Street. Java-seeking bibliophiles should head to one of several branches of the library Café Literario, including an outpost in Balmaceda Park that has 30,000 books.IMG_5798 Santiago de Chile twilight santiago_nocturno_invierno