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Best of Chilean Patagonia: From Torres del Paine to Cape Horn

Best of Chilean Patagonia - Example 14 Day Cruise aboard National Geographic Orion
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This unique 14-day land-and-sea expedition includes three days of exploring Torres del Paine, a jewel of Patagonia that teems with its iconic wildlife including Andean condors, guanacos, and rheas. Board National Geographic Orion to venture far beyond any tourist infrastructure. Kayak peaceful, pristine fjords; hike virgin trails; and discover incredible private parklands of this mythic, rarified land on this holistic Patagonia expedition.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Santiago, Chile
Day 2 : Punta Arenas | Puerto Natales
Days 3-5 : Torres del Paine National Park
Day 6 : Torres del Paine National Park | Puerto Natales | Embark
Days 7-8 : Kirke Narrows & Exploring the Chilean Fjords
Day 9 : Exploring Tierra Del Fuego | Karukinka Natural Park
Day 10 : Exploring the Beagle Channel
Day 11 : Cape Horn
Days 12-13 : Isla de Los Estados (Staten Island), Argentina
Day 14 : Ushuaia | Disembark | Santiago | Home

Highlights

  • Explore wild, windswept Isla de los Estados at the tip of South America
  • Transit the legendary Beagle Channel and see storied Cape Horn
  • Discover the wildlife-rich, iconic landscapes of Torres del Paine
  • Zodiac cruise and kayak through the breathtaking Chilean fjords

Ship

National Geographic Orion

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

View the seal and cormorant colonies as you sail across the Beagle Channel Boardwalk to the Cape Horn Monument Face to face with a fox at Torres del Paine Cahuelmo Fjord, Chile The blue waters of Torres del Paine

Day 1 Santiago, Chile

Check in to the Mandarin Oriental (or similar) centrally located in Santiago, and have the morning to relax. Santiago is nearly surrounded by the Andes, which form an inspiring backdrop to your afternoon guided overview of this vibrant city. You will explore the Plaza de Armas, the main square, and nearby Presidential Palace, enjoying wonderful views from the many hills that dot the city. In the early evening, we gather for an informal reception and a drink at the hotel. 

Day 2 Punta Arenas | Puerto Natales

Today you fly from Santiago to Punta Arenas, Chile’s southern gateway to Patagonia, drive to the outpost of Puerto Natales and check in to our fine hotel, the Singular, located on Última Esperanza (Last Hope) Sound. The sound got its name when 16th-century explorers tried and failed to find a route to the Pacific here. This afternoon, you will enjoy a short exploration of the town, including a visit to the small but excellent Municipal Historical Museum, with exhibits on the region’s Native Americans and on its settler past. You will have dinner at our hotel. 

Day 3-5 Torres del Paine National Park

  • Hotel
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
You will drive to Torres del Paine National Park, stopping at Milodón Cave, where the remains of an extinct giant sloth was discovered. Illuminating displays show the history of human habitation and wildlife of the region. You will continue to monumental Torres del Paine, a UNESCO Biosphere reserve and a place of superlatives. The landscape is big, wide and sprawling, with razor-backed ridges, Andean condors, guanacos, foxes, and rheas. Regardless of where you are, the Paine massif draws your eye with its jagged peaks, including the famous “Horns” and the three towers for which the park is named. These granite mountains are topped with a thick layer of dark slate. Chileans themselves dream of visiting this magnificent park, and it holds a special place in their hearts as a symbol of the wild.
You will then spend three nights at the Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa, a member of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World collection. During your days here, you’ll discover one of the most spectacular and wildlife-rich areas in the Americas, covering 450,000 acres of glaciers, forests and grasslands, rivers and colorful lakes and lagoons. You’ll be able to choose among a variety of excursions each day, ranging from a challenging hike to the base of the towers, to a shorter walk among guanaco herds to the edge of a lake, to a scenic drive to a waterfall and the “Blue Lagoon”, with views of the towers. Or ride horseback if you wish, in this most inspiring of landscapes. You’ll leave here with the feeling you’ve really experienced an adventure. 

Day 6 Torres del Paine National Park | Puerto Natales | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
You will have a final morning to explore Torres del Paine. We then drive to Puerto Natales, where we embark National Geographic Orion

Day 7-8 Kirke Narrows & Exploring the Chilean Fjords

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Your Captain and local pilots guide you through Kirke Narrows, accessible only to a small ship such as Orion. Youll look to make stops in the extensive maze of channels and islands of the Chilean fjords, where you may go out to explore by Zodiac and kayak or take a forest walk

Day 9 Exploring Tierra Del Fuego | Karukinka Natural Park

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Tierra del Fuego is one of Patagonia’s crown jewels. You will have special permission from the Wildlife Conservation Society to visit Karukinka Natural Park, home to nesting black-browed albatross, condors, and elephant seals.

Day 10 Exploring the Beagle Channel

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Myriad fjords or senos indent the coast. Cruise deep into the senos, punctuated at the end by tidewater glaciers, to explore by Zodiac, kayak, and on foot. Transit the Beagle Channel, where you’ll look to use your Zodiacs to land and explore one of the many intriguing sites.

Day 11 Cape Horn

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visit Cape Horn, the southernmost tip of the continent, and, weather permitting, land there for panoramic views.

Day 12-13 Isla de Los Estados (Staten Island), Argentina

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Discover extraordinary Staten Island. Its mountainous, forested landscapes and rugged fjords are beautiful. Spot southern rockhopper and Magellanic penguins, fur seals and sea lions. See the San Juan de Salvamento “lighthouse at the end of the world,” which inspired Jules Verne’s novel by the same name.

Day 14 Ushuaia | Disembark | Santiago | Home

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
Disembark in Ushuaia. Take a charter flight to Santiago and connect to your overnight flight home.

National Geographic Orion

Puerto Natales - Hotels

Santiago - Hotels

Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa

Deals

Complimentary Bar Tab & Gratuities 701
Complimentary Bar tab and gratuities included on this voyage. Contact us for details.
Valid on all 2018/2019 departures.

Per person starting at
$15,660
National Geographic Orion's Category 1 Cabin.
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Category 1
Cat 1 #316, 318-321. Cabins feature a luminous oval window and configurable beds: two single beds, two beds converted to a queen-size bed, or a queen size bed. An armchair, reading lamps, a flat screen TV, and climate controls complete the amenities. Marble bathrooms are generously sized and include a spacious shower stall with a glass door.
Your  Category B Stateroom on the National Geographic Orion
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Category 1 Single
Cat 1S #301, 322, 323. These solo cabins feature a window or two portholes, a queen-size bed, except for #301 which has a double bed, writing desk and chair, climate controls, reading lamps, and a TV. Marble bathrooms are generously sized and include a roomy shower stall with a glass door.
A Category A Stateroom on the National Geographic Orion
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Category 2
Cat 2 #302-312, 314, 315, 317. Cabins feature a luminous oval window and configurable beds: two single beds, two beds converted to a queen-size bed, or a queen size bed. An armchair, reading lamps, a flat screen TV, and climate controls complete the amenities. Marble bathrooms are generously sized, and include a spacious shower stall with a glass door.
A lovely category 3 suite on the National Geographic Oion
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Category 3
Cat 3 Suite with Window #401-412, 414-419. These suites feature a sitting area with a large window, a sofa–except slightly smaller #401 & #402–an armchair or two, writing/laptop desk, reading lamps, flat screen TV, & climate controls. Beds are configurable (call for details). Marble bathrooms include a spacious shower stall with a glass door.
National Geographic Orion's Category 3 Cabin.
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Category 3 Single
Cat 3S Suite with Window #512. This solo suite features two beds and two large windows, plus two armchairs and small table, reading lamps, a flat screen TV, and climate controls. The marble bathroom is generously sized and includes a spacious shower stall with a glass door.
National Geographic Orion's Category 4 Cabin.
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Category 4
Cat 4 Deluxe Suite with Window #511, 515. These two suites feature separate sleeping and sitting areas, with a chair and armchair and a two-cushion sofa facing an expansive window. Beds are configurable (call for details). Ample storage, reading lamps, a flat screen TV, and climate controls complete the amenities.
National Geographic Orion's Category 5 Cabin.
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Category 5
Cat 5 Suite with French Balcony #501, 503-506, 508. These spacious suites feature open living areas and sliding glass doors opening to a shared French balcony. Beds are configurable (call for details.) A sitting area with arm chairs and a sofa, a writing/laptop desk, well-placed reading lamps, a flat screen TV, and climate controls complete the decor.
National Geographic Orion's Category 6 Cabin.
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Category 6
Cat 6 Owner’s Suite with French Balcony #502, 507, 509*, 510. These large, elegant suites feature a French balcony, with the exception of #509 which has double windows. Each provides a separate living area with a sofa and two arm chairs, except for #502, which uniquely offers a 'soaking tub with a view' in addition to a shower stall and expansive vanity.

Notes

Single supplement varies by itinerary. A solo traveler matching program may be available but is subject to availability.

Please note: Cabin fare does not include charter flights from Santiago to Puerto Natales or Ushuaia to Santiago. Please contact us for charter flight rates.

Costs Include:
  • One hotel night in Santiago 
  • One hotel night in Puerto Natales
  • Three hotel nights in Torres del Paine
  • Shipboard accommodations
  • Meals indicated
  • Services of Expeditions’ Leader, expedition staff and expert guides
  • Entrance fees
  • All port charges and service

Not Included:
  • Immigration fees
  • Air transportation
  • Personal items such as alcoholic beverages, emails, laundry, voyage DVD, etc.
  • Gratuities to ship’s crew at your discretion
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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