Board the Via Australis, your state-of-the-art cruise ship to begin your Patagonia travel adventures. Embark at 6 PM. The Captain and crew welcome you aboard with a cocktail reception. Weigh anchor and set sail for the "End of the World," sailing through Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego, through the Strait of Magellan and southern channels. This is the beginning of a great adventure!
This morning, navigate your way through Almirantazgo Sound, arriving at Ainsworth Bay inside the National Park. From here, you have a perfect vantage to see the Marinelli Glacier, which descends from the Darwin Mountain Range. Take a walk to a beaver dam in the stunning sub-polar Magellan Forest.
Later today embark on your next excursion. Enjoy an easy walk along the beach to observe the impressive Brookes Glacier and its surrounding flora, as well as the various bird species who frequent the area.
In the early morning, sail through Almirantazgo Sound. Today's excursion begins at the mouth of the river in Almirantazgo Bay. Landing is planned for 9 AM. Walk along the river to a dead forest. A short talk about the logging operations that took place at the beginning of the twentieth century help to explain the site's significance. Continue walking to a wet forest, where guides explain the flora and vegetation in this cold and rainy habitat. After a roughly 20-minute walk through this forest, find yourself standing before a waterfall that originates in a hanging glacier! More adventurous passengers can climb to a vista that brings them even closer to this cascade. On your way back to the Zodiacs, keep an eye out for beaver dams and Elephant seals resting along the river! Back aboard the Zodiacs, cruise by a large Elephant seal group as you make your way to the ship.
This afternoon, embark your Zodiacs once more for an excursion through Parry Fjord to an ice field where multiple glaciers have formed a natural amphitheater. Leopard seals - typically found in Antarctica - have been spotted in the area, so keep an eye out for a rare sighting.
At dawn, disembark on Magdalena Island - a stopping place for ancient sailors and explorers. Take a walk to the island's lighthouse where you can view an enormous penguin colony. Sail on to Punta Arenas where you disembark and transfer to the airport to continue your travels.
The Magdalena Island excursion will be substituted with a Marta Island excursion during all September and April departures.
|Port fees: USD $30|
|Port fees: USD $30|