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For a look at still more of Patagonia’s many wild regions, you’ll want to consider our four-day Chilean Fjords expedition cruise exploring Cape Horn and Chile’s fjords aboard the superb expedition ship Via Australis. The Via Australis is equipped with go-anywhere Zodiac landing craft and there is a highly knowledgeable expedition staff aboard.
El Calafate / Ushuaia / Embark
After breakfast, fly to Ushuaia where we embark for our Patagonia cruise. After a welcome cocktail reception with the Captain and crew, our ship sets out for Tierra del Fuego and Southern Patagonia. (B,D)
Cape Horn National Park / Wulaia Bay
We sail through the Murray Channel and Nassau Bay to reach Cape Horn National Park, where (weather permitting) we disembark. Cape Horn, on Hornos Island, is a sheer, rocky promontory, A visit to this mythical place is a singular privilege. Cape Horn was discovered in 1616, and for years was an important navigation route for boats between the Pacific and Atlantic. The park was declared a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve in 2005. In the afternoon, we go ashore in historic Wulaia Bay, once the site of the region's largest aboriginal settlement. Charles Darwin landed here in 1833, during his voyage on the HMS Beagle, and this area is also renowned for the mesmerizing beauty of its vegetation and geography. We walk through a Magellanic forest of lengas, coigues, canelos, ferns and other native vegetation. (B,L,D)
Pia Glacier / Grirbaldi Glacier
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. In the afternoon we will enter and disembark at Garibaldi Fjord to then hike through the forest up to a glacial waterfall and enjoy the spectacular views. For those who stay onboard, our Patagonia cruise ship Captain will point the bow towards the beautiful blue Garibaldi Glacier and the panoramic view can be enjoyed from the upper deck. (B,L,D)
Alakaluf Fjord / Aguila Glacier / De Agostini Sound
In the morning we will be sailing through Cockburn Channel to anchor in Chico Sound. Onboard Zodiac boats, we will explore Alakaluf Fjord and enjoy the view of Piloto and Nena Glaciers from the sea. The intense blue color of Piloto Glacier due to its compression and age draws attention. We will learn about the formation of glaciers and their influence on the abrupt geography of the Fuegian-Patagonian channels. In the afternoon we will enter the spectacular De Agostini Sound, in the heart of Darwin Mountain Range. In this area we can see glaciers descending from the mountainside all the way down to the sea. Zodiacs take us to Águila Glacier. During an easy hike around the base of the glacier, experience the beauty of Patagonia’s cold rainforest and see how the power of nature molded the area’s landscape. (B,L,D)
Magdalena Island / Punta Arenas / En Route
Early in the morning, go ashore on Magdalena Island (weather permitting). Located in the Strait of Magellan, it was an essential source of supplies for navigators and explorers in the past. The island is inhabited by an immense colony of Magellanic penguins which can be sighted during our walk to a lighthouse, which guides ships on their way through the strait. Our Patagonia cruise ends in Punta Arenas, where we disembark. Board independent connecting flights back to the U.S. (B, Meals Aloft)