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Wild Chile: Robinson Crusoe Island

Example 16 Day Cruise aboard Greg Mortimer
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Join Greg Mortimer on this 16-day voyage towards Chile while exploring some of the world’s most spectacular and diverse scenery, with a unique combination of wine country, dazzling Andean landscapes, and tantalizing cuisine. Traverse the narrows and fjords filled with glaciers in Patagonia, experience the expansive wildernesses and marvel at the granite spires in Torres del Paine National Park, wander the hills in Valparaiso ablaze with colorful street-art, and stargaze in the clearest night skies of the Atacama. Join us on a journey along the coast of this beguiling country and discover what makes Chile one of South America’s most fascinating countries.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Ushuaia, Argentina
Day 2 : Ushuaia | Embark
Day 3 : Beagle Channel
Day 4 : Punta Arenas, Chile
Day 5 : Montanas Fjord, Chile
Day 6 : Puerto Natales | Torres Del Paine National Park
Day 7 : Pio Glacier XI, Chile
Day 8 : Puerto Eden, Chile
Day 9 : Chilean Fjords
Day 10 : Puerto Chacabuco
Day 11 : Chiloé
Days 12-13 : At Sea
Day 14 : Robinson Crusoe Island
Day 15 : At Sea
Day 16 : Valparaiso | Disembark

Highlights

  • Revel in the dramatic landscape along the Beagle Channel and Patagonia
  • Encounter fur seals and hummingbirds on remote Robinson Crusoe Island
  • Watch for blowholes as whales migrate from high to low latitudes in search of warmer waters
  • Discover the UNESCO heritage listed unique timber churches in Chiloé

Ship

Greg Mortimer

Places Visited

  • Argentina
  • Chile
  • Patagonia
  • South America
  • Chiloe
  • Lake District
  • Pio XI Glacier
  • Puerto Chacabuco
  • Puerto Edén
  • Puerto Natales
  • Punta Arenas
  • Robinson Crusoe Island
  • Torres del Paine National Park
  • Ushuaia
  • Valparaiso

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Sea lions in Beagle Channel Hiking through colorful fields in Patagonia View the seal and cormorant colonies as you sail across the Beagle Channel Experience whales up close during a whale watching boat tour around Chiloe Island Torres del Paine scenery

Day 1 Ushuaia, Argentina

Arrive in Ushuaia and be transferred to the group hotel located in downtown Ushuaia within walking distance of the pier. The remainder of the day is yours at leisure. 

Note: Arrival airport transfer is on preferred flights only.

Day 2 Ushuaia | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel before exploring Ushuaia on a half-day city tour. Ushuaia, the capital city of the province of Tierra del Fuego, is located on the shores of the Beagle Channel and it is surrounded by the Martial Range, which offers a unique landscape as a result of the combination of mountains, sea, glaciers and forest. The city tour will visit The Mission, Brown, and Solier neighborhoods, where you can see old houses that belonged to the first families in Tierra del Fuego. Head to Martial Glacier and ride the chairlift, which offers wonderful views of Ushuaia. Continue to the End of the World Museum with exhibitions explaining the history of Tierra del Fuego. Enjoy a late-lunch and free time before walking to Ushuaia port in the late afternoon to meet your expedition team and commence boarding the Greg Mortimer.

Day 3 Beagle Channel

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
As you travel into the Beagle Channel, follow the route that a young Charles Darwin took on board the famous HMS Beagle back in 1831, a five-year expedition that forever changed his life and which led him to develop his seminal theory of evolution. Sailing west from Ushuaia, travel through a dazzling stretch of the Beagle Channel called Glacier Alley or ‘Avenue of the Glaciers’, where this string of tidewater glaciers pushing down to the edge of the sea from the enormous Darwin Ice Field. Apart from the spectacular scenery, Glacier Alley offers opportunities to spot wildlife such as penguin rookeries, South American fur seals, and humpback whales.

Day 4 Punta Arenas, Chile

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In Punta Arenas, begin your exploration of Chile’s most southern city. Shore excursions include a hike in Magallanes Nature Preserve, a protected forest located just eight-kilometers to the west of the city. Enjoy an easy hike through the Patagonian forest learning about the local flora. On a city tour, visit Cerro de la Cruz lookout to see the bright colors of the city rooves of Punta Arenas, the Strait of Magellan, and the island of Tierra del Fuego on the horizon. Explore the main city plaza, visit the Salesian Maggiorino Borgatello Museum, one of the oldest in Chile with exhibits of local flora and fauna, colonial-era artifacts, Antarctica, and the ethnography of the region. At Straits of Magellan Park, the impressive visitor center hosts an interpretative multimedia display about the natural and human history of the Strait of Magellan. The Centre’s terrace offers sweeping views of Puerto Hambre. At Bulnes Fort, learn about the origins of Punta Arenas city. Take an easy 20-minute-walk through the "Windy Forest" or a longer one-hour coastal trail walk revealing the landscape, flora, and fauna of the Strait of Magellan.

Day 5 Montanas Fjord, Chile

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
As you sail to the north, you will enter one of the many channels and fjords of Patagonian Chile. Be prepared to experience weather. The fjords and islands of Chilean Patagonia take the brunt of the prevailing westerlies that blow across the southern seas, and here, the wind can blow almost constantly, and rain and snow can fall all year round. You may sail through Montañas Fjord, a long fjord flanked by rugged mountains and a number of glaciers including Herman, Bernal, and Paredes. If the Captain opens up the bridge, it’s an ideal opportunity to watch the scenery unfold as you sail through this beautiful channel. Enjoy informative and entertaining presentations from our hand-selected expedition team, who will bring to life the natural environment, wildlife, culture, and history of the places you’ll be experiencing. Depending on the tides, you may arrive into Puerto Natales in the late afternoon.

Day 6 Puerto Natales | Torres Del Paine National Park

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Torres del Paine National Park is undoubtedly the areas main drawcard and is world-renowned for its granite towers. These gigantic spires were carved by glacial ice and upon entering the park, you will see a series of lakes with intense colors, mountains covered in ice, and an array of local fauna. In Patagonia, you will feel the immensity of nature and delight in feeling completely insignificant in its presence. The jaw-dropping landscapes of turquoise waters, glaciers and towering granite horns of the Torres del Paine National Park is a humbling experience. There’ll be an option for trekking to "Los Cuernos" viewpoint - a flat path that offers constant views of the massif. It is a path suitable for anyone who regularly walks.

Day 7 Pio Glacier XI, Chile

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
During slack tide, cruise to a narrow channel of water approximately 80 meters wide. Find a spot on one of our many observation areas and appreciate the masterful skills of our Captain as they navigate us through this difficult channel. The only way to visit this area is by sea, through a maze of fjords that ultimately lead to the entrance of Pío XI. Of the 48 glaciers in the Southern Ice Field, 46 are retreating and one, Pío XI, is advancing. Pío XI Glacier is an anomaly in a world where nearly all glaciers are retreating and being able to see it up close is a privilege.

Day 8 Puerto Eden, Chile

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Puerto Eden is a tiny fishing village connected by intricate canals, imposing mountains, icefields, and is considered one of Chile's most isolated inhabited places. The village is known for being the home to approximately 25 Kawésqar indigenous inhabitants. It is also connected by beautiful timber boardwalks called ‘pasarelas'. The Kawésqar are traditionally nomadic sea people and also known for their excellent craftsmanship for canoe-making, basketry, and local handicrafts. Explore the picturesque boardwalks over the maze of canals, meet the friendly locals, and soak in the tranquil natural beauty of this isolated hamlet.

Day 9 Chilean Fjords

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After Puerto Eden, sail back to the channels for a full day sail towards Puerto Chacabuco. The team of experts will continue to deliver informative and entertaining presentations in the lecture theatre or you may choose to enjoy a book from our library, work up a sweat in the fitness center, treat yourself to a massage in the wellness center, or relax in the jacuzzi and sauna and simply enjoy the splendid scenery.

Day 10 Puerto Chacabuco

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Puerto Chacabuco is the gateway to some of the most beautiful untouched natural beauty in the heart of Patagonia. Today’s shore excursions include a hike at Aiken del Sur park, which is set amidst unique and magnificent natural surroundings. Afterward, sample traditional Patagonian barbecue and a pisco sour, with magnificent views of the lake and forest before returning to the ship for lunch. Alternatively, head to Deer Island for a hike through the park, a unique place in the middle of the fjord crowned by mountains and glaciers. A return shuttle service will also be offered to Puerto Aisén, a picturesque town located next to Aisén River.

Day 11 Chiloé

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, sail to the land of myths and legends, unique folklore and culinary traditions as you arrive in the Chilean archipelago of lush islands. In Castro, discover the colorfully painted palafittes built on stilts above the water. Explore this mythical island with its colorful wooden churches, 16 of which have been declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. Chiloé is renowned for its shipbuilding heritage and carpentry skills and nowhere else in Chile showcases this better than in Dalcahue village. Gastronomy is another drawcard for Chiloé. Blessed with abundant seafood such as mussels and cod, and with hundreds of potato varieties to choose from, the local cuisine is an experience to savor in Chiloé. Enjoy a curanto lunch specially prepared meal and one of the most ancient recipes still being used today.

Day 12-13 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Leave the channels and head out to the open seas of the Pacific Ocean where there’s opportunities to see more dolphins and perhaps migrating whales. Sharpen your photography skills with a few tips from our photography expert or bury yourself deep in the book you’ve been looking forward to reading. In preparation for your visit to remote Robinson Crusoe Island, our historian will bring to life the story of Alexander Selkirk, Scottish navigator who was stranded on the island for four years and four months beginning in 1704.

Day 14 Robinson Crusoe Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Robinson Crusoe is the ideal place if you want to get away from the world and enjoy a new level of connection with nature. Located 365 miles from the continent, Robinson Crusoe is a rugged island and is part of the Juan Fernandez archipelago, which was declared a National Parkland UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1977. Onshore, you can discover the endemic flora and wonderful array of birds on a trek to Plazoleta ‘El Yunque’. On your hike through a native flora track, look for ferns, cinnamon, Juan Fernández Fire Crown, and the endangered endemic red hummingbird, found nowhere else in the world. Perhaps swim in the company of the friendly South American fur seals, go kayaking, and enjoy a typical local seafood dish for lunch.

Day 15 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy final lectures, edit and share photos, and celebrate an exciting adventure at the Captain’s Farewell dinner, reminiscing about all the wonderful things you’ve seen and experienced, and the tall tales of adventure, exploration and discovery you’ve learned during the voyage.

Day 16 Valparaiso | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembark in colorful Valparaíso after breakfast where your voyage ends. 

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Ushuaia - Hotels

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$8,100
Greg Mortimer-Aurora Stateroom
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Aurora Stateroom
​Greg Mortimer features 15 porthole rooms, all with private en-suites. Located on Deck 3, they're close to the mudroom and loading platforms, perfect for adventurers who are looking for a comfortable base that's close to the action.
Greg Mortimer- Balcony Stateroom
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Balcony Stateroom
With 58 rooms available, the Greg Mortimer's Balcony Staterooms are the most abundant cabin category on board. All include en-suite bathrooms, floor to ceiling windows and balconies and a select number are also connecting rooms, perfect for families or groups.
Greg Mortimer Balcony Suite
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Balcony Suite
With a bit more room to stretch the legs, the Greg Mortimer's two Balcony Suites are perfect for polar adventurers who travel with plenty of gear. Featuring private balconies, en-suite bathrooms and a comfortable desk area.
Greg Mortimer- Junior Suite
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Junior Suite
The Greg Mortimer's four Junior Suites take in some impressive scenery from their vantage points on Deck 7. When you aren't enjoying a landing, you can relax in the suites' separate lounge area, or just watch the world float by from the private balcony.
Greg Mortimer- Captain's Suite
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Captain's Suite
The largest of all the rooms, the Greg Mortimer's singular Captain's Suite will take you to the polar regions in ultimate style and comfort. Complete with large lounge area, balcony, walk-in wardrobe and en-suite.

Notes

This trip includes:
  • One night’s pre-voyage hotel accommodation with breakfast in Ushuaia on Day 1
  • Tailor-made Ushuaia city tour on Day 2
  • Arrival group airport transfer on Day 1 on preferred flights selected by Aurora Expeditions
  • Luggage transfer from hotel to ship in Ushuaia on Day 2
  • Onboard accommodation during voyage including daily cabin service
  • All meals, snacks, tea, and coffee during the voyage
  • Beer, house wine and soft drinks with dinner
  • All shore excursions and Zodiac cruises
  • Educational lectures from the talented expedition team
  • Access to our on board doctor and basic medical services
  • A 3-in-1 waterproof polar expedition jacket
  • Loan of Muck boots during the voyage
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information
  • A printed photo book produced with photos from your voyage (one per booking)
  • Port surcharges and landing fees
This trip excludes:
  • International or domestic flights, unless specified
  • Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes
  • Passport, visa, reciprocity fees, vaccination charges
  • Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges
  • Hotels and meals not included in the itinerary
  • Optional excursions not included in the itinerary
  • Optional activities: kayaking incurs a surcharge of US$1,300 per person. Contact us for more information.
  • All items of a personal nature including but not limited to alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, gratuities, and email or phone charges.
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