It is possible to sail the Chacao Channel from Puerto Montt to Chiloé Island. An amazing crossing to get connected with the history and nature of Chiloé.
The blue storm clouds were moving away from Puerto Montt City towards the East. As soon as they left, we felt like walking around the city and especially like sailing to the Chiloé Archipelago.
This huge island is the continuation of the coast mountain range. To the north, it is separated from the continent by the Chacao Channel, and to the East, by the Ancud and Corcavado Gulfs. It is important to know that this mythical place locks most of the colonizing history of Chile and a unique natural scenery.
We traveled 60 km from Puerto Montt to Pargua, where we took a ferry to the island.
Nowadays, there are two companies which cross the channel towards Chiloé. Transmarchilay is one of them, and it has four ferries of great length. They are Camahueto, Fiura, Cal Cal and Llacolén. The other one is the shipping company called Cruz del Sur, which also has four ferries: Don Juan, Alonso de Ercilla, Gov. Figueroa and Bertina.
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Duration: The crossing takes about 30 minutes
Timetables: The regular ferry service to cross to Chiloé starts at 7 am and leaves every 15 minutes until 11.30 pm.
Recommendations: From Puerto Montt, follow the Southern Road towards the West for 60 km to reach Pargua. Pay attention to the signs.
Canal de Chacao – Arturo Prat 100 Pargua (5480000) Puerto Montt, X Región, Chile
Contact: Naviera Cruz del Sur Ltda
Chacabuco 672 – Ancud (5480000) Puerto Montt, X Región, Chile
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