Antarctica & Arctic
Cruise through the Beagle Channel and the mythical Strait of Magellan to explore one of the most captivating wilderness regions in the world – Southern Patagonia, including Tierra del Fuego.
Destinations > Argentina > Discover Patagonia
Four nights cruise accommodation in a category B cabin, all meals, excursions and on board entertainment.
Selected Dates, Late Sep - Apr.
Please note: A five day itinerary from Punta Arenas to Ushuaia is also available.
Cruise the east coast of Argentina to Tierra del Fuego and watch out for elephant seals and Andean condors, whales, rare Commerson's dolphins and penguins. Search for Southern right whales at their reonwoned gathering spot of the Peninsula Valdes.
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Patagonia is nature at its most pristine, a land of contrast offering an incredible array of natural sights and wonders.
Tierra del Fuego is an archipelago off the southernmost tip of the South American mainland.
This picturesque city is framed by forests and mountains, and is located on the banks of the Beagle Channel.
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After a welcome cocktail reception, the M/V Stella Australis cruises through the Strait Magellan and Beagle Channel to explore one of the most breathtaking wilderness regions in the world - southern Patagonia. (D)
We sail through Murray Channel and Nassau Bay to reach Cape Horn National Park, where, weather permitting, we shall go ashore. The legendary Cape Horn was discovered in 1616 and is a sheer 425-meter (1,394-foot) high rocky promontory. For many years it was an important navigation route between the Pacific and the Atlantic, and is referred to as the ‘End of the Earth’. The park was declared a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 2005.
In the afternoon, we will go ashore at historic Wulaia Bay, originally the site of one of the region’s largest Yamana aboriginal settlements. Charles Darwin landed there in 1833 during his voyage on the HMS Beagle. This area is also renowned for the mesmerizing beauty of its vegetation and geography. We will take an enchanted walk through the Magellan Forest of lengas, coigües, canelos, ferns, and other endemic vegetation, to reach a panoramic viewpoint. (B)(L)(D)
Sail on to Pia Fjord and board the Zondiax for a shore excursion to Pia Glacier. Take a short hike to gain a panoramix view of the spectacular glacier, which extends from the mountaintops down to the sea. (B,L,D)
Sail through the numerous channels to enter the spectacular De Agostini Sound. This is where you'll see glaciers sliding down the mountainside all the way to the sea. In the afternoon, travel by Zodiac to the Aguilar Glacier and walk to its base. It's the perfect opportunity to experience the beauty of Patagonia's cold rainforest and to see how the power of nature has molded the spectacular landscape. (B) (L) (D)
Early in the morning, go ashore on Magdalena Island, located in the middle of the Strait of Magellan. The island is inhabited by an immense colony of Magellan Penguins. Sail to Punta Arenas for disembarkation. (B)
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