Fjords of Tierra Del Fuego

From Punta Arenas to Ushuaia
  • Argentina
  • Chile
  • Patagonia
  • Small Ship Cruising
  • Custom
  • Wildlife and Nature
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Tour Description

Cruise remote fjords in Patagonia, witness huge glaciers up close, visit penguin rookies, walk in remote wilderness regions, and attempt to land at Cape Horn on this 5 day expedition cruise.

Departing from the Chilean port of Punta Arenas journey through the Southern Fjords of Patagonia to arrive in Ushuaia, the most southerly city in the world. Cruise through the Straight of Magellan, which separates the large island of Tierra del Fuego from continental Chile and Argentina, be awed by the massive glaciers, including one of the most active glaciers in Patagonia, Pia glacier. Daily landings and zodiac excursions allow you to walk in these pristine areas, and get up close to nature and wildlife. The moody landscapes certainly make for dramatic photos.

A highlight of cruise maybe the attempt to land at Cape Horn at the southern tip of the South American continent, or the simple enjoyment allowing yourself to disconnect and relax with the sounds of nature, perhaps a  dolphin jumping nearby your only interruption!

 

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Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Punta Arenas

Board the cruise ship at 6:00 p.m, followed by a welcome cocktail - reception by the captain and crew. Afterwards, the ship departs for “the uttermost part of the Earth”. Our excursion will take us through the Strait of Magellan and the Beagle Channel to explore one of the most breathtaking wilderness regions in the world: Southern Patagonia. We have just embarked on a great adventure!

Day 2
Ainsworth Bay & Tuckers Islet

At dawn, we continue navigating through Almirantazgo Sound, arriving at Ainsworth Bay, inside the Alberto De Agostini National Park. From a distance we may see the Marinelli glacier which descends from the Darwin mountain range, and we will learn how life begins after the retreat of the ice. We will also take a walk to discover a beaver dam in the marvelous sub polar Magellanic forest. On the beach, we will try to see elephant seals, but we cannot guarantee this as the precise location of the colony is unpredictable. Later, we sail to the Tuckers Islets, and after lunch we board the Zodiac boats to view magellanic penguins (which only live in the Southern Hemisphere) and cormorants. In September and April this excursion is replaced by Brookes Bay where we land for a short walk to approach a glacier.

Day 3
Pia Glacier & Glacier Alley

We navigate along the main part of the Beagle Channel to reach Pia Fjord, where we disembark near Pia Glacier. We take a short hike to a look-out point with a spectacular view of the entire glacier tongue, stretching from high in the mountains all the way to the sea. After this unforgettable experience, we continue sailing along the northwest arm of the Beagle Channel through majestic “Glacier Alley”.

Day 4
Cape Horn & Wulaia Bay

We sail through the Murray Channel and Nassau Bay to reach Cape Horn National Park, where we will disembark (weather permitting). The mythical Cape Horn was discovered in 1616, and it is a sheer, 425-meter (1,394-foot) high rocky promontory. For many years it was an important navigation route between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, and it is known as the “End of the Earth”. The park was declared a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in June 2005. In the afternoon, we go ashore at historic Wulaia Bay, once the site of one of the region’s largest Yamana aboriginal settlements. Charles Darwin landed here on January 23rd, 1833, during the voyage of the HMS Beagle. This area is also renowned for the mesmerizsing beauty of its vegetation and geography. We will walk through a Magellanic forest of lengas, coihues, canelos, ferns and other native vegetation to reach a look-out point.

Day 5
Ushuaia

Arrival at Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego's main city, and the southernmost city in the world. We disembark at 8:00 a.m.

What’s Included

Accommodation
  • Included Copy 20 Comfortable cabin with private ensuite and window
  • Included Copy 31 Cabin upgrades available
Food
  • Included Copy 20 All-inclusive meals and open bar with selected beverages, liquors, and wines
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 Daily excursions by zodiac and shore landings
  • Included Copy 20 Onboard presentations and entertainment
  • Included Copy 20 Experienced and knowledgeable expedition crew
  • Included Copy 7 Port taxes are additional, Flights and gratuities not included
Transportation
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Ventus Australis

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Duration

5 days

Price from

$1,590 USD

Per person, sharing

Based on cabin B, low season

Selected dates weekly from September to April