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Punta Arenas Roundtrip - 8 Day/7 Night

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Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Punta Arenas
Day 2 : Aguila Glacier - Condor Glacier
Day 3 : Garibaldi Fjord - Pia Glacier - Glacier Alley
Day 4 : Ushuaia
Day 5 : Cape Horn - Wulaia Bay
Day 6 : Chico Sound
Day 7 : Brookes Glacier - Ainsworth Bay
Day 8 : Magdelena Island - Punta Arenas

Ship

MV Via Australis

Places Visited

  • Argentina
  • Chile
  • Patagonia
  • South America
  • Aguila Glacier
  • Ainsworth Bay
  • Brookes Glacier
  • Cape Horn
  • Garibaldi Glacier
  • Magdalena Island
  • Pia Glacier
  • Piloto Glacier
  • Port of Ushuaia
  • Punta Arenas
  • Wulaia Bay

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Wulaia Bay view. Various types of birds in South America. Take a walk to the Cape Horn Albatross Monument. Zodiac trip to see penguins. Travelers looking out on the bay.

Day 1 Punta Arenas

Check in at 990 Magallanes St. between 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm. Board cruise ship at 6:00 pm. After a welcome cocktail reception offered by the Captain and his crew, the ship will depart for one of the remotest parts of the earth. Your trip takes you 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 Aguila Glacier - Condor Glacier

At dawn find yourself sailing through the beautiful Agostini sound, right in the heart of Darwin Mountain Range. From this area it will be possible to appreciate various glaciers that come down to the sea from the upper icefield. Early in the morning, onboard Zodiac boats, motor to Aguila glacier where you will take an easy walk all the way to 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.

During the afternoon approach the impressive Condor Glacier, and get close to its front wall with your well-equiped Zodiac boats.

Day 3 Garibaldi Fjord - Pia Glacier - Glacier Alley

During the morning navigate the Ballenero channel to then enter and disembark at Garibaldi fjord. There hike through the forest up to a glacial waterfall and enjoy the spectacular views. For those who stay onboard, your Capitan will point the bow towards the beautiful blue Garibaldi glacier and the panoramic view can be enjoyed from the upper decks.

In the afternoon navigate along the Northwest arm of the Beagle channel to reach Pia fjord, where disembarking is scheduled. Take a short hike to a panoramic viewpoint from which you can appreciate the spectacular Pia glacier which extends from the mountaintops down to the sea. After this unforgettable experience, your sailing will continue along the Beagle channel through the majestic “Glacier Alley”.

Day 4 Ushuaia

Considered the southernmost city in the world, Ushuaia was founded in 1884 and it was one of the first points of encounter between the Yamana and Anglican cultures. Its name comes from the Yamana word that means “penetrating bay” and it is surrounded by the last high peaks of the Andes. Nowadays it is one of the largest cities on Tierra del Fuego Island, with an approximate population of 65,000 inhabitants. Enjoy the city and its spectacular scenery!

Day 5 Cape Horn - Wulaia Bay

Today find yourself sailing through Murray channel and Nassau bay to reach Cape Horn National Park, where disembarking is scheduled, weather permitting. The mythical 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 for sailboats between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, and is known as the “End of the Earth”. The park was declared a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 2005.

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 there in 1833 during his voyage on the HMS Beagle. This area is also renowned for the mesmerizing beauty of its vegetation and geography. Walk through a Magellan forest of lengas, coigües, canelos, ferns, and other endemic vegetation to reach a panoramic viewpoint.

Day 6 Chico Sound

Navigate through the intricate channels of the West coast of Tierra del Fuego. These channels are lonely, remote and thus unexplored, but very rich in natural history and beauty. In the afternoon, sail through Chico sound to board the Zodiac boats enter Alacalufe fjord. This place is where you will reach amazingly blue Piloto Glacier.

Day 7 Brookes Glacier - Ainsworth Bay

At dawn, navigate through Almirantazgo sound, arriving at Guerrero bay, opposite to Brookes glacier. The area is a natural amphitheatre shaped by glaciers in constant movement. Take a short walk towards one of the glaciers, enjoying the breathtaking surroundings and the view of the Darwin Mountain Range.

In the afternoon arrive at Ainsworth bay, within Alberto De Agostini National Park. From the distance see Marinelli Glacier descending from Darwin Mountain Range, and appreciate how the land comes back to life after glacial retreat. Take a walk to discover a beaver dam in the stunning sub-polar Magellan forest. Whether on the beach or the island, you might enjoy the view of Southern Elephant Seals, although sighting cannot be guaranteed due to colony’s unpredictable location.

Day 8 Magdelena Island - Punta Arenas

Early in the morning, weather permitting, 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 you will be able to see during your walk to the lighthouse. Finally, disembarkation at Punta Arenas is scheduled at 11:30 am.

MV Via Australis

Per person starting at
Via Australis' Twin Bed Cabin.
B
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7 cabins located on the first deck, each with two twin beds, large window, and private facilities.
Via Australis' Twin Bed Cabin.
A
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29 cabins located on the second deck, with one double or two twin beds. All have a large window and private facilities.
Via Australis' Double Bed Cabin.
AA
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18 cabins on the third deck, with one double or two twin beds. All have a large window and private facilities.
Via Australis' Double Bed Cabin.
AAA
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10 cabins on deck 4 with two twin beds or one double bed. All have a large window and private facilities.
Via Australis' Twin Bed Cabin
Single
$0
Single rates apply for all cabins. Solo travelers are assigned A, AA, or AAA cabins at 150% of published rates.

Notes

This Add-on is available only for our travelers extending or customizing their itinerary.

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.

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Rates do not include port tax, migration fee and national park fee, approximately $60 per person.

Rates include accommodation, sea transportation, all meals, open bar when on duty (without additional cost for wines, beverages, and liquors), shore excursions, and onboard entertainment.
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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