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Boat trip to the San Raphael Glacier

A Minibus (on time) collected us from various accommodations around Puerto Rio Tranquilo. We then had about an hours drive to a boat crossing of a river. (The bridge has been... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
S8412TDmikeb
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Wheathampstead, United Kingdom
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Wheathampstead, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A Minibus (on time) collected us from various accommodations around Puerto Rio Tranquilo. We then had about an hours drive to a boat crossing of a river. (The bridge has been under construction for at least 6yrs). Different minibus (25 mins) to the glacier boat. Rudimentary but clean facilities at the jetty. Interesting boat, welded plastic rather than fibreglass, better... More 

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Almere, The Netherlands
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79 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2016

We did the catamarantour for 175.000 pesos a person (appr 240 EUR). Meeting time 7.00 am in the lobby of loberias del sur hotel. No breakfast in the hotel. The bus must ride 3x to take all passengers in. 5 minutes ride, (walking also but it was raining cats and dogs). I could have sleeped longer. At 8 am the... More 

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Buenos Aires
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2016

After a2 Hours road trip, cross a River bu bota and 3 Hours navigating you arrive to one of most beautiful places that I've ever been

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Portland, Oregon
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5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2016 via mobile

The lagoon is one of the most inspiring places I have been . But if everyone goes it will loose part of what makes it special. We arrived by boat after 7 hours of dirt roads (over 2 days) ,3 hours of boat time (two boats) and we were rewarded by awesome sights and solitude. We were lucky enough to... More 

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Lima, Peru
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73 reviews
51 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2015

This place is absolutely amazing, accesible by boat, the Skorpios cruise departs from Puerto Montt or from Puerto Aysen. Views are great, as parts of the trip the crew gets a little of ice and serve it with a drink, and the took you close to the ice wall.

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Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
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134 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2015

We paid for the Catamaran experience, though I would rather we had gone on a smaller, less expensive boat. The glacier is really gorgeous, but crumbling quickly with a calving once every five minutes or so. They can show you the marks from where it receded since 1999, 2005 etc. Would be great as a trip to inspire kids into... More 

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Santiago, Chile
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98 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 March 2015 via mobile

It is indeed a long and expensive trip to get to see the glacier; 6 hours on the boat from Puerto Chacabuco and 180,000 CLP being the cheapest we could find. The boat ride is beautiful though, and the glacier breathtaking. You can go up close on smaller boats as pieces of the glacier fall crash into the sea.. Amazing.... More 

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Coyhaique
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24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 March 2014

I think the most breathtaking place I have ever seen. I have returned numerous times. The fastest, easiest way to see and enjoy San Rafael safely is by Catamaran out of Chacabuco. This is arranged through travel agents or the Loberia hotel. On arrival a closer experience can be had for the brave, entering the zodiac speed boats and navigating... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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253 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2014

We had almost a full day at the glacier arriving during breakfast while the crew gathered up two open steel boats to take us out to the face of the glacier. Ice flows, seals and falling ice off the glacier kept everyone upbeat and excited. Nobody else out there. We took this trip last year with the Skorpio small ship... More 

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Valparaiso, Chile
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58 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2014

Since I live in Chile and work in the tourism industry, I did extensive research before deciding how and when to go to Laguna San Rafael and its glaciar. Instead of taking the expensive Skorpios cruise or other companies like Navimag that start in Puerto Chacabuco, we decided to take the new, shorter route from Bahia Exploradores. It is much... More 

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