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New territory: The essential expedition charter list

New territory: The essential expedition charter list

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From southern to northern Patagonia, there are myriad waterways that cut through sky-high mountain ranges, passing blue glaciers and pristine anchorages. These virginal cruising grounds offer plenty of adventure and chances to commune with nature – fly-fish on a mountain-top spring, heli-ski on a volcano or go whale watching, kayaking and trekking. “The fjords are very deep, and sometimes you can be anchored stern-to on rocks next to a waterfall where you can fill your tanks with fresh spring water,” says Carlos Miquel, regional director of South American Super Yacht Support Services (SASYSS). “Security isn’t an issue here, and often you won’t see another yacht for days.”

Charter lowdown: All yachts above 50GT require a pilot while in Chilean ports, but for navigation in Patagonian fjords, only yachts 200GT and up require a pilot. Yachts 500GT and larger will require two pilots if there are more than eight hours of navigation a day. “The pilots are full of local knowledge, which they are eager to share, and know every nook and cranny along the route,” says Miquel. The yachting industry is so undeveloped in Chile that authorities do not yet distinguish between private and charter yachts, so there are no additional taxes on charters. It is recommended to plan the itinerary with a local agent, like SASYSS, as immigration legislation can affect the itinerary based on the nationality of the guests on board.

Choose your yacht: The 83 metre Amels_ superyacht _Here Comes the Sun will be available in Patagonia in summer 2018, from €1.2 million per week. Unwind in the beach club and wellness centre, taking in the epic views.

With a seaplane, helicopter and exceptional selection of tenders and toys, 63 metre SuRi will make exploring Patagonia an unforgettable experience (from $350,000 per week).

Picture courtesy of Shutterstock.com

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