New tourist ship in O’higgins Lake strengthens international crossing and navigation to the Great O’higgins Glacier during low season

Robinson Crusoe is a company driven by passion for the spirit of the universal legend of the namesake sailor. After several exploratory journeys to Deep Patagonia, they discovered the force of its indescribable beauty and the diversity of its remote landscapes.


The new ship, L/M Caiquén, recently purchased by the Robinson Crusoe Company, comes to reinforce the connectivity between Villa O’Higgins and Candelario Mancilla for tourists traveling to the Argentinean town El Chaltén at the foot of the mythic mount Fitz Roy. The new boat will also allow traveling to the Great O’Higgins Glacier during low season, with special trips for smaller groups.


The Caiquén can carry 20 passengers, bikes and luggage with two 300-HP engines. It offers a comfortable trip to visitors, to quietly enjoy the wonders of this beautiful area of Carretera Austral (Southern Highway). It is a fast and versatile ship that will undoubtedly become a great contribution to the area’s tourist development, says Alejandro Macaya, Company’s CEO.


This area’s potential is enormous, “El Chaltén is located 70 Km away and receives 150,000 tourists a year, they need to integrate to Chile to increase accommodation nights. On the other hand, El Calafate, which has a very good airport, receives about 500,000 tourists a year. The proximity to the Fitz Roy Mount, Southern Patagonian Ice Field, rivers and lakes, fauna, etc., makes of it a world class destination”. For those interested in living this experience, Robinson Crusoe basically offers 3 complementary services. The first one is navigation to the Ice Field, specifically to the Great O’Higgins Glacier, Chile’s second largest one, and spot six other glaciers. Then comes the border crossing that connects Carretera Austral with El Chaltén and El Calafate in Argentina, to continue to Torres del Paine and Punta Arenas, and finally arrive at the Lodge, a totally comfortable and relaxing place in Villa O’Higgins.


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