Gauchos, Penguins & Glaciers Cruise

Zodiac tours to see glaciers.
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Interact with Magellan Penguins on Magdalena Island
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Wander the peaceful moors of Patagonia
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Sail past the Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse
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View the seal and cormorant colonies as you sail across the Beagle Channel
Gourmet food served in the dining room.
Via Australis' Patagonia Dining Room.
Embark on a 7-day cruise and land tour of Patagonia. Sail around the legendary Cape Horn, observe local gouchos, and explore the remote blue glaciers of this wild region.

Day 1

Punta Arenas

Arrive in Punta Arenas and transfer from the airport to Hotel Cabo de Hornos. Stay the night.

Day 2

    Porvenir / King Penguin Park / Rio Grande

    Cross the Strait of Magellan and visit the Porvenir Museum and King Penguin Park. Overnight at the Status Hotel Casino in Rio Grande.

    Day 3

    Gauchos / Ushuaia

    Enjoy a traditional Gaucho experience with a Patagonian barbecue before arriving in Ushuaia. Check in and board the Via Australis. Settle in to your room and attend a welcome dinner.

    Day 4

    • Ship
    • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Cape Horn / Wulaia Bay

    Sail through Murray Channel and Nassau Bay to reach Cape Horn National Park. The mythical Cape Horn was discovered in 1616 and is a sheer 1,394-foot rocky promontory. For many years, it was an important navigation route for sailboats between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, and is often referred to as the 'End of the Earth.'

    In the afternoon, go ashore at historical Wulaia Bay, originally the site of one of the region's largest Yamana aboriginal settlements. Charles Darwin landed in the bay in 1833 during his voyage on the HMS Beagle. The area is also renowned for the mesmerizing beauty of its vegetation and geography. Take a walk through Magellan forests of lengas, coigues, canelos, ferns, and other endemic vegetation.

    Day 5

    • Ship
    • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Pia Glacier / Garibaldi Glacier

    Navigate along the Northwest arm of the Beagle Channel and reach Pia Fjord. Disembark and take a short hike to gain a panoramic view of the spectacular Pia Glacier, which extends from the mountaintops down to the sea.

    In the afternoon, enter Garibaldi Fjord and disembark for a hike through the forest up to a glacial waterfall. For those who choose to stay onboard, the Captain will point the bow towards the beautiful blue Garibaldi Glacier to let you enjoy the the panoramic views from the upper decks.

    Day 6

    • Ship
    • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    De Agostini Sound and Aguila Glacier

    In the morning, sail through Cockburn Channel and anchor in Chico Sound. Traveling in well-equipped Zodiac boats, explore Alakaluf Fjord and enjoy the view of Piloto and Nena Glaciers from the sea. Learn about the formation of the glaciers and their influence on the unexpected topography of the Fuegian-Patagonian channels.

    In the afternoon, enter the spectacular De Agostini Sound, the perfect viewing point to appreciate glaciers which make their way down to the sea from the upper ice field. Later in the afternoon, travel aboard Zodiacs to the Aguila Glacier and take an easy walk to its base.

    Day 7

    • Breakfast

    Magdalena Island / Punta Arenas

    Early in the morning, 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, but is currently inhabited by an immense colony of Magellan penguins. Walk through the colony on your way to the lighthouse. In September and April, this excursion is replaced by a Zodiac ride to Marta Island to observe South American Sea lions.

    Sail back to Punta Arenas and disembark around 11:30 AM.

    Port Charge and Park Fees are additional.

    Flights to/from Punta Arenas or Ushuaia are not included in the cruise fare. When combining these cruises with land tours they may have been included in your main tour. However, if not, each flight costs around US$205 (flight cost subject to change). Hotel transfers are also extra and we will happily arrange them for you.