Big Island of Chiloé has turned into an interesting
destination for people on their way to the south. The main
harbour is Quellón, with departures all year round
to Chaitén. This trip takes about 5 hours and has the
alluring of leaving behind Chiloé and its many islands,
to sail towards Chaitén, considered for its location
the "gate" to the Carretera Austral. The boat sails
through the inner channels of the Chiloé archipelago,
with quiet waters protected by the big Island. The trip continues
along small islands and its typical Chiloé chapels.
With good visibility it is possible to see in the back a range
of summits and volcanoes in the continent.
there is only one ferry per week. In the
summer months (January - February) there are more services
with two or three trips a week. In previous high seasons there
were scheduled departures also from other ports of Chiloé
(Castro or Chonchi) towards Chaitén, however, this
didn't happen the last two years.
journey is made by Naviera Austral which has two boats Pincoya
and Alejandrina, only with pullman seats, and the ferry Don
Baldo, which also has cabins with berths. It is possible to
buy a seat ("butaca") or just buy a "general
ticket" without seat. All boats carry cargo, vehicles
and passengers, since the maritime route is one of the best
transport and comunication options in the zone.
is usually space for passengers until shortly before the departure.
However, if travelling by car, we recommend to book ahead,
especially during the summer.
more information, please contact directly Naviera Austral:
Web Site : www.navieraustral.cl
Phones Puerto Montt:(56) 652 270 430 / 652 270 431 / 652 270
Phone Chaitén: (56) 9 7976 0342
Phone Quellón: (56) 652 682 207
Phone Puerto Chacabuco: (56) 672 351 493
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.