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.


  • Nov 01, 2014
  • Nov 15, 2014
  • Nov 29, 2014
  • Dec 13, 2014
  • Dec 27, 2014
  • Jan 10, 2015
  • Jan 24, 2015
  • Feb 07, 2015
  • Feb 21, 2015
  • Mar 07, 2015
  • Mar 21, 2015

Private Independent Travel

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

          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

            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

              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

                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.

                Participating in the land portions (days 1 and 2) requires an additional cost. Please contact us for details.

                Port fees: USD $45
                Participating in the land portions (days 1 and 2) requires an additional cost. Please contact us for details.

                Port fees: USD $45
                South America, Chile, Argentina, Patagonia, Punta Arenas, Ushuaia, Cape Horn, Magdalena Island, Wulaia Bay, Pia Glacier, Aguila Glacier, Garibaldi Glacier, Porvenir
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                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.

                Deposit & Payment

                Initial deposit is $500, and most travelers will call our office and pay the deposit with a credit card. We accept Visa, Mastercard, AmEx, and Discover. Alternatively, you can send a check to our Missoula, Montana, office or register online at:

                Final payment is due 70 days prior to departure.

                Final payment by bank transfer, check or Visa, Mastercard, Discover, or Amex. Credit Card payments subject to 3% convenience fee and maximum $15,000 charge.

                Booking last minute? No problem! Please contact one of our trip planners, and we can get you on your way if booking less than 70 days prior to departure.

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                Cancellation Policy

                Days Prior to departureFee
                119-60 daysDeposit
                59-50 days30% trip cost
                49-40 days55% trip cost
                39-30 days80% trip cost
                29-0 days100% trip cost