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Getting Around by Boat

Chile has an incredibly long coastline down the Pacific Ocean, so it is not surprising that boats play an important role in traveling around Chile.

This is especially true in Patagonia, where it can be nearly impossible to travel around without setting foot on the deck of a ferry. Many routes only run a few days each week, and the boats often travel slowly, but you will usually be compensated with some wonderful views of Chile.

Ferry travel in Chile is not very expensive; the price depends on the company and the route, but you can usually count on a basic ticket costing about $2-3 for every hour of the trip.

There are multiple classes of service on longer journeys throughout Chile, and prices rise according to the level of comfort. Ferries will also carry bicycles and automobiles for an extra charge.

Charter and tour boats also serve some routes, providing greater comfort at a higher cost. During the winter, ferry service is sometimes suspended, and charters will be your only option.

Here are some related tips to help plan your trip to Chile: Getting Around Futaleufú, Getting Around Santiago, Getting Around Osorno, Getting to and away from Parque Nacional Lauca, Getting Around by Bicycle, Getting Around Iquique, Getting Around Putre, Getting Around by Plane, Getting around and Getting Around by Train.

By Nick Rosen
A staff-writer here at V!VA's offices in Ecuador, I came to Quito after having worked on public health and development projects in Africa. Naturally,...
15 Apr 2009

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