Ushuaia, ArgentinaArrive in Ushuaia and board the Via Australis this evening. The captain and crew give a welcome cocktail reception on board, and afterwards the ship departs for the journey through one of the most captivating wilderness regions in the world.
Cape Horn & Wulaia BaySail through the Murray Channel and Nassau Bay to reach Cape Horn National Park, where you will disembark (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 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 June 2005. In the afternoon, go ashore at historic Wulaia Bay, once the site of one of the region’s largest Yamana aboriginal settlements. Charles Darwin landed here on January 23rd, 1833, during the voyage of the HMS Beagle. This area is also renowned for the mesmerizing beauty of its vegetation and geography. Walk through a Magellanic forest of Lengas, Coihues, Canelos, ferns, and other native vegetation to reach a look-out point.
Pia Glacier & Garibaldi Glacier
In the morning navigate along the northwest arm of the Beagle Channel to enter Pia Fiord, where you will disembark near Pia Glacier. Take a short hike to a vantage point with a spectacular view of the mountain chain giving origin to this impressive glacier moving slowly down the valley until it falls into the sea.
In the afternoon enter Garibaldi fiord on the southern coast of Tierra del Fuego, where you will do an incredible excursion through Patagonia’s cold jungle and a hike through the forest up to a waterfall of glacial origin. There is a spectacular view from this spot. For those who stay onboard, your Captain will point the bow towards the beautiful blue Garibaldi glacier, and the panoramic views may be enjoyed from the outdoor decks.
Glaciers & De Agostini Sound
In the morning sail through Cockburn Channel to anchor in Chico Sound. Your adventure begins in the Zodiac boats to explore Alakaluf Fiord, where you will see beautiful waterfalls and observe the Piloto and Nena Glaciers from the sea. The intense blue color of Piloto Glacier, due to its compression and age, draws attention. Learn about the formation of glaciers and their influence on the abrupt geography of the Fuegian-Patagonian channels.
In the afternoon enter De Agostini Sound, a spectacularly beautiful area located in the heart of the Darwin Mountain Range in Tierra del Fuego. Here view glaciers descending from the mountains, some of which reach the sea. Head to Águila Glacier where you will disembark to take an easy walk along a beach bordering a lagoon surrounded by mountains until reaching a spot in front of the glacier. Get to know Patagonia’s cold rainforest and the movements that molded the region’s geography.
Magdalena Island & Punta ArenasEarly in the morning, go ashore on Magdalena Island (weather permitting). Located in the Strait of Magellan, it was an essential source of supplies for navigators and explorers in the past. The island is inhabited by an immense colony of Magellanic penguins which can be seen during your walk to the lighthouse, which guides ships on their way through the strait. In September and April this adventure is replaced by an excursion to Marta Island where you can observe South American sea lions from the Zodiac boats. After your visit, sail to Punta Arenas, disembarking at 11:30 a.m for your continued journey home.