"ChaitÚn to Puerto Montt Ferry" Chile Transportation Tip by Interlingua
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Be warned that there really is no schedule for the ferries to and from ChaitÚn. The ferry to Puerto Montt makes about 6 round trips a week but the ship leaves about 2 hours after it arrives, and each leg of the trip takes anywhere from 12 to 24 hours, depending on weather. Most of the time, it'll take just a bit over 12 hours, unless there are storms.
Don't despair. The absence of a fixed schedule isn't due to carelessness but to the hard facts of frontier life. Arrive in ChaitÚn prepared to enjoy the scenery for a few days. Buy your ticket and if you really want to leave soon and there are no seats available, put your name on a waiting list "lista de espera" and be sure to show up at the dock when the ship comes because there are always last minute cancellations.
I arrived on Sunday around 4 PM and was able to leave Monday around 2 PM. But I was prepared to go riding horses for a day, visit a thermal spa another, hike around some glaciers a third, but none of this happened since the boat connections were fairly prompt when I happened to arrive (mid January 2008).
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