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Guanaco in Torres del Paine

Chilean Fjord Adventure

2020 - Example 14 Day Cruise aboard RCGS Resolute
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This 14-day adventure aboard RCGS Resolute takes you on a remarkable expedition through the Chilean coast. See towering glaciers, snow-covered landscapes, and massive icebergs. Take an excursion to the world-famous Torres del Paine National Park. Visit the Bernal Glacier and be learn about glaciology while witnessing firsthand the large moraine that was pushed forward by actions of the moving ice. Finally, visit the largest glacier in the southern hemisphere, Pio Xi before making your way north to the historic city of Valparaiso where you will disembark.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Ushuaia, Argentina | Embark
Day 2 : Garibaldi Fjord and Alberto de Agostino National Park, Chile
Day 3 : Alberto de Agostino National Park and Marinelli Glacier, Chile
Day 4 : Punta Santa Ana, Chile
Day 5 : Southern Patagonia, Chile
Day 6 : Torres del Paine National Park, Chile
Day 7 : White Narrows, Chile
Day 8 : Brueggen Glacier and Messier Channel, Chile
Day 9 : Caleta Tortel, Chile
Day 10 : At Sea
Day 11 : Castro & Chiloe Island, Chile
Day 12 : Mocha Island, Chile
Day 13 : At Sea
Day 14 : Valparaiso, Chile | Disembark

Highlights

  • See Torres del Paine National Park
  • Visit the Bernal Glacier and learn about the glaciology firsthand
  • Stop at the largest glacier in the southern hemisphere, Pio Xi
  • Explore the coastal village of Caleta Tartel via wooden walkways

Ship

RCGS Resolute

Places Visited

  • Argentina
  • Chile
  • Patagonia
  • South America
  • Alberto de Agostini National Park
  • Caleta Tortel
  • Castro
  • Chiloe
  • Garibaldi Glacier
  • Isla Mocha
  • Lake District
  • Marinelli Glacier
  • Messier Channel
  • Patagonia Camp
  • Patagonia Fjord
  • Punta Santa Ana
  • Torres del Paine
  • Torres del Paine National Park
  • Ushuaia
  • Valparaiso

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Guanaco in Torres del Paine Iceberg tours in remote Chilean waters Beautiful port of Ushuaia, Argentina Road along coastline of Valparaiso Family adventures in Patagonia's Torres del Paine National Park Valparaiso, Chile

Day 1 Ushuaia, Argentina | Embark

This afternoon, your journey will commence through Chile's exemplary fjord region in Ushuaia (Argentina). The smell of adventure is in the air as you will be welcomed by a chilled cocktail and dinner before heading to the stunning landscapes of Patagonia, craggy coast of Chile. 

Day 2 Garibaldi Fjord and Alberto de Agostino National Park, Chile

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The ship has already sailed westbound forth the Beagle Channel that separates Argentina from bordering Chile as you take the night off. This morning, you will arrive at the Garibaldi fjord where two glaciers ascend towards a ravishing mountain backdrop. You will take to the Zodiacs and explore them from a distance. By afternoon, you will reach the infamous Alberto de Agostino National Park.

Day 3 Alberto de Agostino National Park and Marinelli Glacier, Chile

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Alberto de Agostino National Park is famous for having a great number of glaciers hanging off by slopes towards its mountains of different fjords, bays, and channels and one of these glaciers is called Marinelli Glacier. This huge crevasse-covered glacier flows from Darwin Mountain range into Ainsworth Bay. Even from a distance, you will hear the groaning and creaking of the glacier and the large iceberg that has split and shed from its face brood silently in the dark waters. 

Day 4 Punta Santa Ana, Chile

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Start the morning aboard the Zodiac boat to explore the promontory of Punta Santa Ana where the historic and significant Chilean fort is located, the Fort Bulnes. Explore the small churches, barracks, powder magazine and log cabins during your visit. 

Day 5 Southern Patagonia, Chile

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Cruise along the rugged Chilean coastline in the north as the arboraceous mountains, snow-capped peaks, waterfalls, and glaciers come into view. 

Day 6 Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This visit is one of the highlights of the trip as you will have an excursion to Torres del Paine National Park. This exemplary location brags some of the most stunning mountain scenery in the world with the celebrated towers emerging above the surrounding plateau and glacier-fed lake systems. A huge force of waterfalls rushes through the narrow channels between lakes. There will be an opportunity for small hikes where you can see the jaw-dropping scenery of the gigantic massif. 

Day 7 White Narrows, Chile

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
You may want to be on the outer decks as the Captain exquisitely steers you as you pass through the 80 meters wide channel of White Narrows. Bernal Glacier is one of the highlights of this trip whereas you can learn glaciology featuring some unconsolidated glacial debris pushed forward by actions of the moving ice. 

Day 8 Brueggen Glacier and Messier Channel, Chile

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
As the ship continues to cruise into the Eyre Fjord, you will get to see the tremendous Brüggen Glacier. Get a personal look at the largest glacier in the southern hemisphere outside Antarctica as  ‘Pio XI’ stands at 60 kilometers in length. By afternoon, you will reach Messier Channel that disconnects South America from Wellington Island. 

Day 9 Caleta Tortel, Chile

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After spending several days in the glacial system, fjords, and forests, you get to visit the coastal village of Caleta Tartel. As it is located on a steep hill, this village does not have any roads but is instead linked by wooden walkways that connect the houses to town services. Their mode of transportation is limited to jetties because of the current situation of their location. 

Day 10 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, you will continue the cruise going to the Pacific Ocean leaving the fjords in the north. This is where you might encounter migrating whales that use the Humboldt current as an oceanic conveyor belt.

Day 11 Castro & Chiloe Island, Chile

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, you are in a close by to the town of Castro, the provincial capital of Chiloé. This town was founded in 1567 and the third oldest city in Chile. You will make your way ashore and immediately be captivated by the colorful houses built on stilts around the harbor. These houses are known as 'palatifos' and are simple houses built by fishermen. The local markets are a highlight and showcase some of the most impressive crafts and textiles in the country. Return to the ship in the afternoon you will hug the coastline, hoping to see the snow-capped summits of the numerous volcanoes that characterize this region.

Day 12 Mocha Island, Chile

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Mocha Island is an important historic site that you will get to visit today. This is located 35 kilometers off the coast of mainland Chile. This was also inhabited for centuries by the Mapuche tribe before Europeans first discovered it in the mid-15th century. This island was frequented by pirates and Sir Francis Drakes. Legend has it that more than 100 shipwrecks lie in the surrounding waters. If the weather is in good condition, you will head ashore where there would be hiking options. Possible resident sea lions could be seen and if you are lucky, you can encounter whales. The rare Pink-footed shearwater can be also found on the island, nesting in burrows on the forested slopes.

Day 13 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
As you make your way towards the historic port of Valparaiso, the educational presentations continue. Enjoy an entertaining voyage recap by the Expedition leader and join the photography expert in the multimedia room where you can download your favorite captured images. You can also spend some time outside the observation decks and in the spacious lounges or on the bridge. 

Day 14 Valparaiso, Chile | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Today, you will arrive at Valparaiso. Disembark after breakfast and fly back to Santiago and make your way home or stay a few days to tour Valparaiso on your own.

RCGS Resolute

Per person starting at
$6,495
RCGS Resolute Cabin
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Main Deck Triple
Located on Deck 3 these cabins feature the option for a double or two single beds and a third Pullman berth, which can fold out from the wall if required. A sectional lounge is placed by the portholes with a writing desk and chair, ample storage and private washroom facilities. A flatscreen entertainment system is also included. These cabins provide easy access to the expedition room and gangway.
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Twin Private Cabin
Twin Private cabins are located on Deck 4 and have the option for either a queen or two single configured beds. Features include a comfortable lounge adjacent to the large picture window, writing desk and chair, ample storage and private washroom facilities with shower.
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Superior Cabin
Located forward on Deck 5 the Superior cabins have the option for either a queen or two single beds. Features include a comfortable lounge adjacent to the large picture window, writing desk and chair, ample storage and private washroom facilities with shower.
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Superior Plus Cabin
Superior Plus cabins are located midships on Deck 5. They are spacious and well appointed with the option for either a queen or two single beds. A comfortable lounge is placed by the large picture window, writing desk and chair, ample floor to ceiling cabinet storage and private washroom facilities with shower.
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Shackleton Suite
The Shackleton Suites are situated on Deck 6. Suites include the comfort of a sectional lounge, writing desk, substantial floor to ceiling cabinetry, and washroom facilities with shower. A flat screen entertainment system is also included. Sleeping quarters feature the option for either a queen or two single beds with upgraded linen/ pillows.
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One Ocean Suite
The One Ocean Suites are situated on Deck 6 and offer an indulgent amount of space. Sleeping quarters feature a queen size bed with upgraded linen/pillows. Included is a comfortable sectional lounge with matching club chairs, a large desk, expansive floor to ceiling cabinetry, and spacious washroom facilities with both a shower and bathtub.

Notes

- Rates are quoted in U.S. dollars and represent costs per person, double occupancy.  

Your Expedition Includes: 
  • Comprehensive pre-voyage information package including details to help you prepare for your trip
  • Transfers from a central meeting point in Ushuaia on Day 1 and from the port to the airport (or a downtown hotel) at the conclusion of your voyage on Day 11
  • Shipboard accommodation in your selected cabin category with daily housekeeping. Cabins feature outside views with windows or portholes
  • All breakfasts, lunches, and dinners on board throughout your voyage with daily afternoon tea
  • 24-hour tea, coffee, hot chocolate in bar/lounge, plus in-cabin tea and coffee-making facilities
  • Experienced Expedition Leader and professional expedition team of marine biologists, naturalists, historians, adventure guides and photographers
  • Daily off-ship excursions by Zodiac boat breaking into small groups for shore landings
  • Guided hikes and walks on shore of various durations for guests of all abilities
  • Visits to wildlife colonies, historic sites, places of outstanding natural beauty, and community visits
  • Educational presentations and talks by polar experts in their field (ie. marine biologists, naturalists, historians etc).
  • Resident photography guide available to assist all guests plus access to computers in the multimedia lab for image downloads, file back up and management
  • An emergency-trained Physician onboard every voyage
  • Dedicated hospitality team including Hotel Manager, four chefs, professional bar staff and Adventure Concierge staff
  • Onboard sauna, plunge pool, Jacuzzi, and fitness center including personal trainer and massage options (charge applies for massage and spa treatments)
  • Sea Kayaking program available (additional charge of US$795pp) – must be reserved at the time of booking your voyage and you must have some prior paddling experience
  • Access to well-stocked library full of polar reference books
  • End of voyage video, photos and take home USB
  • Port fees and all permits to access visited areas
The Expedition does not include:
  • Any international or local airfare unless otherwise specified in the voyage itinerary
  • Visa and passport expenses
  • Pre or post-cruise hotel accommodation unless otherwise specified in the itinerary (or pre-arranged)
  • Pre or post-cruise transfers unless otherwise specified in the itinerary (or pre-arranged)
  • Personal expenses on board such as alcoholic beverages, bar charges, or laundry expenses
  • Telecommunication charges (ie. email, satellite phone)
  • Baggage, cancellation or medical travel insurance related expenses (travel insurance is mandatory on all voyages)
  • A voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for expedition staff and ship crew (suggested amount – US$12-15 per day)
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