Roundtrip Punta Arenas - Wildlife and Glaciers Cruise

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Brookes Glacier sits at the base of large Patagonia mountains
Zodiac tours.
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Seals laze along your route
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Take a walk along the edge of the fjord to get a better look at Brookes Glacier
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Visit with some local penguins
Gourmet food served in the dining room.
Via Australis' Patagonia Dining Room.

Departs

  • Oct 10, 2014
  • Oct 24, 2014
  • Nov 07, 2014
  • Nov 21, 2014
  • Dec 05, 2014
  • Dec 19, 2014
  • Jan 02, 2015
  • Jan 16, 2015
  • Jan 30, 2015
  • Feb 13, 2015
  • Feb 27, 2015
  • Mar 13, 2015
  • Mar 27, 2015
  • Apr 10, 2015

Private Independent Travel

Join the Via Australis for this exciting 4-day expedition cruise in southern Patagonia. Begin and end in Punta Arenas and sail for remote corners of the world in zodiacs. Visit a newly-discovered elephant seal colony and marvel at their impressive size! Other highlights include Brookes Fjord, Ainsworth Bay, Marinelli Glacier, Almirantazgo Bay, Parry Glacier, and Magdalena Island.

Day 1

    Embark in Punta Arenas

    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!

    Day 2

      Almairantazgo Bay / Parry Glacier

      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 guide 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 there area, so keep an eye out for a rare sighting.

      Day 3

        Ainsworth Bay / Brookes Glacier

        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.

        Day 4

          Magdalena Island / Disembark in Punta Arenas

          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 Arena where you disembark and transfer to the airport to continue your travels.
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          2015-Apr-10$1,189$1,595$1,674$1,753-
          Port fees: USD $15
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          $1,486$1,988$2,084$2,181-
          Port fees: USD $15
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          $1,895$2,440$2,554$2,679-
          Port fees: USD $15
          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.
          NOTE: The excursions described in the itineraries can normally be carried out. Notwithstanding the above, Transportes Marítimos Terra Australis S.A., Transportes Marítimos Via Australis S.A., and Transportes Marítimos Geo Australis S.A reserve the right to reschedule, shorten, or alter all or part of the itineraries and/or excursions without prior notice, in order to safeguard the wellbeing and safety of passengers, preserve the environment, or due to any extraordinary circumstances, acts of God or force majeure. For the same reasons, the hours of departure or arrival of the vessels may be subject to change.

          There is no guarantee of wildlife sighting because the precise location of these animals cannot be confirmed.

          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: https://www.adventure-life.com/forms/register

          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