Puerto Natales - Valparaíso
Discover Southern Chile
Puerto Natales - Valparaíso
Sat. 28 - 03 - '20
Thu. 09 - 04 - '20
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Via the impressive Chilean Channels, the Humboldt Current will guide us on our way up north, along the coast of Chile. In about two weeks’ time, we will explore this beautiful part of the world. Here, lots of birds and other animals can be seen, while they enjoy the cold and nutritious waters of Southern Chile.
We will continue our journey from Puerto Natales, a fishing port in southern Chile and the gateway to the Torres del Paine or Bernardo O’Higgins National Parks. Puerto Natales was founded in 1911 and is nowadays one of most important urban centers of Patagonia.
The surroundings of Puerto Natales are characterized by their natural resources and beauty, being surrounded by valleys, fjords, archipelagos and ice fields. It’s a perfect base for hikes in the Torres del Paine National Park to explore the nature of Chile with its rich array of wildlife and plants.
Sailing from Puerto Natales to Valparaíso
Leaving the ‘fin del mundo’ behind us, we will now start our sail up north, via the Humboldt current. After some northing, the South Eastern trade winds will take us to our next destination and our sail training will begin. Learn all about setting and taking away the sails, by hauling and easing lines. Climb in the rigging to furl or unfurl the sails. The crew will learn you how to trim the sails to the direction of the wind. They will ask you to help with the maintenance of the ship, by assisting in woodworking, sail making, rope work etc.
The Humboldt current, named after the German naturalist Alexander von Humboldt, has an impressive ecosystem that hosts a wide range of organisms, such as plankton, crustaceans, fish and marine mammals. With some luck we will see whales that come here to feed on phytoplankton. The area is also known for 18 to 20 % of worlds marine fish catch, mostly being mackerel, anchovies and sardines.
After a voyage that was all about sailing, nature, wildlife and hiking, we will arrive in a bohemian and colourful world heritage city that has long inspired poets and writers. The hills of the city are fully packed with small and colourful houses, where you can take endless staircases or historic funicular elevators to stroll through the maze of narrow streets or enjoy the views of the Pacific Ocean in front of you.
Valparaíso is located about 120 kilometers northwest of Santiago and is one of the South Pacific’s most important seaports. It played an important geopolitical role in the second half of the 19th century, when it served as a major stopover for ships traveling between the Atlantic and the Pacific, after crossing the Strait of Magellan. The city was blooming and was known by many sailors as ‘the Jewel of the Pacific’.
During the second half of the 20th century, and especially after the opening of the Panama Canal, the city dealt with a serious blow. However, the last years twenty years the city reached its recovery, attracting artists, writers and tourists to the historic districts of the beautiful city and evolving into a major educational center with multiple universities and colleges. The port of Valparaíso continues to be a major distribution center for marine traffic and cruise ships and will also be our gateway into the Pacific!