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Cruise "Patagonian Explorer"

5 day Cape Horn Expedition Cruising from Ushuaia to Punta Arenas

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TRIP HIGHLIGHTS 

Ushuaia & Beagle Channel 

Cape Horn & Wulaia-Bay

Darwin Mountain Range

Pía-Glacier – Porter-Glacier – Agostini Sund – Águila Glacier – Cóndor Glacier

Discover the rich patagonian wildlife

Immense colony of Magellanic penguin on Magdalena Island

Punta Arenas & Legendary Strait of Magellan

Duration

5 days from Ushuaia/to Punta Arenas

Activity
  • 5 days cruising
Lodging
  • 4 nights double cabin
Meals
  • 4x breakfast
  • 4x lunch
  • 4x dinner
Price

from 2.460 USD

TRIP DESCRIPTION

Explore Patagonia on an adventurous five-day, four-night expedition from Ushuaia (Argentina) to Punta Arenas (Chile) through some of planet’s most remote places and incredible scenery. Discover the wild beauty of Patagonia on an Australis cruise that showcases the region’s pristine landscapes, rich wildlife and fascinating human history aboard an expedition ship that brings an extraordinary level of comfort and service to the uttermost edge of the world. Leaving the twinkling lights of Ushuaia behind, the vessel calls on fabled spots like Cape Horn and Wulaia Bay before cruising down the Beagle Channel. Continuing through the maze of islands, we’ll visit a number of glaciers, frozen giants that guard the southern flank of the Fuegian Archipelago, before entering the legendary Strait of Magellan. Last stop is the Isla Magdalena and its boisterous Patagonia penguin colony before docking at Punta Arenas.

CRUISE DESCRIPTION

Our EXPEDITION CRUISES Ventus Australis and Stella Australis were specially designed to access the most remote corners of the Strait of Magellan, where larger vessels cannot navigate. Only ONE HUNDRED cabins, for a maximum of 200 passengers, allow us to navigate through unique landscapes in an INTIMATE and EXCLUSIVE way. All our lounges and cabins have exterior windows, ample space and a delicate decoration.

TRIP NOTE

The excursions described in the itineraries are usually possible. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Ship Operator reserves the right to alter, change or omit part of this itinerary without prior notice, whether motivated by the welfare and safety of passengers, for the proper preservation of the environment or in the event of any extraordinary circumstance, fortuitous event or force majeure. The departure or arrival of vessels may be subject to possible changes. It is not possible to guarantee bird and animal.

ITINERARY

Day 1: Ushuaia - Check In

Between 10:00 PM and 5:00 PM, we will check-in at Avenida San Martín 409, next to the pier, to embark at 6:00 PM. After boarding, we will make a welcome toast and introduce the Captain and his crew. The ship will sail to the far south immediately after. Through the mythical Beagle Channel and the Strait of Magellan, we will travel through Patagonia and the channels of Tierra del Fuego.

Day 2: Cape Horn - Wulaia Bay

We will sail through the Murray Channel and Nassau Bay, arriving at Cape Horn National Park, where we will disembark, if weather conditions permit, to experience the magic of walking through one of the southernmost points of the world, surrounded by charm and legends.

In the afternoon, we will disembark at Wulaia Bay, a historic site of one of the largest settlements of the native Yagans canoeists. We will reach a viewpoint, walking through the Magellanic forest in. which lengas, coigües, canelos, and ferns grow, among other species.

Day 3: Pía Glacier – Porter Glacier

In the morning, we will sail along the northwest arm of the Beagle Channel to enter and disembark in the Pia Fjord. We will make a trip to the viewpoint from where you will see the homonymous glacier, whose main peak extends from the top of the mountain range to the sea. During the afternoon, in our Zodiac boats, we will navigate between high rocky walls until reaching the Porter Glacier.

Day 4: Agostini Sound – Águila Glacier – Cóndor Glacier

In the morning, we will navigate the Cockburn Channel to enter the Agostini Sound, where you can appreciate the glaciers that descend from the center of the Darwin Mountain Range, some of them reaching the sea. During the morning, we will disembark in Zodiac boats for a walk around a lagoon formed by the melting of the Aguila Glacier. In the afternoon, we will navigate in Zodiac boats to approach the Condor Glacier. We will learn about the formation of glaciers and their influence on the abrupt geography of the Fuegian channels.

Day 5: Magdalena Island - Punta Arenas

We will disembark at Magdalena Island first thing in the morning if weather conditions are suitable. On the island, we will be able to see a huge colony of Magellanic penguins. This excursion is replaced by a landing on Marta Island in September and April, where South American sea lions can be sighted from Zodiac boats. Then, we will arrive in Punta Arenas, disembarking at approximately 11:30 hrs.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Accomodation: 4 nights in double cabin with private bathroom
  • Sea transportation
  • All-inclusive meals - appointed days, open bar when on duty (without additional cost for wines, beverages, and liquors) 
  • Guide: local bilingual english/spanish speaking guides
  • Shore excursions and onboard entertainment
  • Audiovisual presentations
  • Shop and pre-paid satellite phone

WHAT’S EXCLUDED

  • Not appointed meals and beverages
  • Optional trips and transportation
  • Harbour dues, entry fees to National Parks
  • Tips/gratuity
  • Local payments
  • International and domestic airfare and airport charges 
  • Travel insurance is not included in this tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy.

Departure Dates & Prices

29.09.2023 - 12.04.2024
available
available cabins on request
from 2.460 USD

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