Day 1 - Punta Arenas
Check in at Magallanes 990, Punta Arenas, from
1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Cruise ship boarding at 6:00 p.m. The Captain
and crew give a welcome cocktail reception on board. Immediately
afterward, the ship departs for “the uttermost part of the
earth”. Our excursion will take us through the Strait of
Magellan and Beagle Channel to explore one of the most breathtaking
wilderness regions in the world: Southern Patagonia, and Tierra
del Fuego. We have just embarked on a Great Adventure!
Day 2 - Ainsworth Bay – Tucker
At dawn, we continue navigating through Almirantazgo
Sound until finally arriving near Marinelli Glacier in Ainsworth
Bay, where we enjoy a walk to discover a beaver dam in the midst
of a marvelous Magellanic forest. On the beach we observe a colony
of elephant seals. Later we visit Tucker Islet, where we view
colonies of Magellanic Penguins and Cormorants from the Zodiac
boats. The islet’s penguins migrate in April; as a replacement
we visit Brookes Bay, for a short walk to see a glacier.
Day 3 - Pia Glacier - Glacier Alley
We navigate through the main part of Beagle Channel
to reach Pia Bay, where we disembark near Pia Glacier. We take
a short hike to a lookout 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 sail
again along the northwest arm of Beagle Channel through majestic
“Glacier Alley”: Spain, Romanche, Germany, Italy,
France and Holland glaciers.
Day 4 - Cape Horn – Wulaia
We sail through Beagle and Murray channels to
reach and disembark in Cape Horn National Park (weather permitting).
Cape Horn, on Hornos Island, is a sheer, 425-meter (1,394-foot)
high rocky promontory. This mythical place is known as the “End
of the Earth”; a visit is a singular privilege. The park
was declared a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in June 2005.
In the afternoon, we go ashore in historic Wulaia Bay, once the
site of one of the region’s largest aboriginal settlements.
This area is also renowned for the mesmerizing beauty of its vegetation
and geography. We walk through a Magellanic forest of Lengas,
Coigües, Canelos, ferns and other native vegetation to reach
a lookout point.
Day 5 - Ushuaia
Arrival to Ushuaia, Argentina’s most important
city on Tierra de Fuego, and the southernmost city in the world.
We disembark at 8:00 a.m., enabling you to get an early start
on visiting the city and national parks, and on continuing your
trip through Patagonia.
Day 1 - Ushuaia
in from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at 409 San Martín st. Cruise
ship boarding at 5:30 p.m. After a welcome cocktail reception
offered by the Captain and his crew the ship will depart for “the
uttermost part of the earth”. Our trip takes us through
the Strait of Magellan and Beagle Channel to explore one of the
most breathtaking wilderness regions in the world: Southern Patagonia
and Tierra del Fuego.
Day 2 - Cape Horn - Wulaia Bay
sail through Murray Channel and Nassau Bay to reach Cape Horn
National Park, where we 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 for sailboats between the Pacific
and Atlantic oceans, and it is known as the “End of the
Earth”. The park was declared a World Biosphere Reserve
in 2005.In the afternoon, we go ashore at historical Wulaia Bay,
originally the site of one of the region’s largest Yamana
aboriginal settlements. Charles Darwin landed here 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
walk through a Magellan forest of lengas, coigües, canelos,
ferns, and other endemic vegetation to reach a panoramic viewpoint.
Day 3 - Pia Glacier - Garibaldi
navigate along the Northwest arm of the Beagle Channel to reach
Pia Fjord, where we disembark. We take a short hike to a panoramic
viewpoint from which we can appreciate the spectacular Pia Glacier,
which main tongue stretches from the top of the mountains down
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 Capitan will point the bow towards the beautiful blue Garibaldi
Glacier and the panoramic view can be enjoyed from the upper
Day 4 - Piloto/Nena/Aguila glaciers
- De Agostini sound
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. In the afternoon, onboard Zodiac boats, we will
route to Águila Glacier where we will take an easy walk
all the way to the base of the glacier. We will experience the
beauty of Patagonia’s cold rainforest and see how the power
of nature molded the area’s landscape.
Day 5 - Magdalena Island - Punta
in the morning (and weather permitting) we will go ashore on
Magdalena Island, located in the middle of the Strait of Magellan.
The island used to be an essential source of supplies for navigators
and explorers and is inhabited by an immense colony of Magellan
Penguins that we will be able to see during our walk to the
lighthouse. In September and April this excursion is replaced
by a ride on Zodiac boat to Marta Island to observe South American
Sea Lions.Finally, disembarking at Punta Arenas is scheduled
at 11:30 am.