The coastline of Chile stretches 6,000 kilometers along the Pacific Ocean, and most cruises offered by operators last from a one day to two weeks, entirely depending on the number of places one wants to visit. Scenery and wildlife is the main draw for Chilean cruises; the untainted natural landscape is a fascination to most visitors, from the many faces of islands, rocky cliffs, glacier studded fjords, emerald lakes and channels to see ice drifts firsthand. Wildlife found in these waters includes penguins, dolphins, whales, seabirds and sea lion. Most of these sights can only be experienced from a cruise ship.
A popular call on a Chile cruise is the Easter Island. Located at the southeastern part of the Pacific Ocean, around 3,700 kilometers (2,300 miles) from the Chilean coast, the Easter Island is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The island is best known for the Moai statues, which for long have been a subject of curiosity and speculation among archeologist and tourists alike, but its beautiful volcanic landscapes, dominated by smooth slopes with hills and three inactive volcanoes, as well as its rocky coast with cliffs and unsheltered bays, also makes Easter Island worth a visit.
Another popular destination on a Chilean cruise is Robinson Crusoe Island; formerly known as Mas a Tierra (closer to land). The island is part of Chilean Juan Fernandez archipelago made up of three islands, of which Robinson Crusoe is the largest. The island is best known for Daniel Dafoe's literary masterpiece, but it is also one of the favorite destinations for bird watchers. The island is rich in flora and fauna and well known for different species of humming birds found only on this island.
The peak season for Chilean cruises is from the beginning of December to the end of February. During the shoulder season, considered to be October and November, or March and April, you may be able to find some good deals, but the weather is not so reliable.