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Patagonia & Chilean Fjords

Puerto Montt - Ushuaia - Example 9 Day Cruise aboard Magellan Explorer
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Set sail on the Magellan Explorer for this 9-day Patagonia and Chilean Fjords cruise. In Chilean Patagonia, one of the southernmost regions of the world, sail between massive blue-hued glaciers and the sharp peaks of the Andes mountains. This untamed terrain is home to fjords, channels, and islets with beaches teeming with marine wildlife, birds, and stunning natural landscapes best accessed by ship or zodiac. On this wilderness expedition, visit Puerto Cisnes, the San Rafael Bay and Glacier, the Gulf of Penas, the isolated village of Puerto Eden, the Strait of Magellan and Tierra del Fuego, and the Beagle Channel.
Torres del Paine sceneryView the seal and cormorant colonies as you sail across the Beagle Channel Sea lions in Beagle ChannelPier at Puerto Montt, Chile
Highlights
  • Explore the waters of the fiords that branch out from Tierra del Fuego
  • Visit the Garibaldi Fjord, surrounded by hanging and tidewater glaciers
  • See penguins, cormorants, sea lions, and river otters on Magdalena Island
  • Cross the Gulf of Penas and enjoy beautiful views of mountain ranges
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Activity Level: Relaxed
Involves minimal physical effort and is typically associated with leisurely activities. Activities are low-intensity or last less than a few hours each day.
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Day 1: Puerto Montt | Embarkation

Your adventure commences in Puerto Montt, Chile, with embarkation scheduled between 3:00 PM and 4:00 PM. Following all essential orientations, the vessel departs for the Gulf of Corcovado.


 

Day 2: Puyuhuapi Channel

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
You'll continue south to explore the area around Puerto Aysen and Puyuhuapi in the Aysén region. As you cruise and explore the region, you'll witness the landscape unfolding with its many fjords, islands, and channels. You'll have the opportunity to visit either Puerto Cisnes, Puyuhuapi, or Magdalena Island, with the possibility of spotting dolphins, whales, cormorants, sea lions, and river otters.

Day 3: San Rafael National Park

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, the ship reaches the Chonos Archipelago. Heading towards the Moraleda Channel, the vessel cruises around the area of San Rafael National Park, a biosphere reserve, if weather permits. The park is the main entry point to Chile's Northern Patagonian Ice Field. We will also explore the surrounding fjords, channels, islands, and coves.

Day 4: Day at Sea | Gulf of Penas

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
As you sail south, you'll cross the Gulf of Penas, soaking in the stunning vistas of the surrounding mountain ranges. The expedition team will inform you about the indigenous inhabitants of these southern lands, the early Spanish colonizers, and renowned explorers like Charles Darwin, Fitz Roy, and Alberto de Agostini. You'll also gain insight into the region's biodiversity through presentations on the local marine fauna and flora.

Day 5: Caleta Tortel and Messier Channel

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
If weather permits, you have a morning visit planned to Caleta Tortel or the surrounding region. Situated between the mouth of the Baker River and a small cove within the Baker Channel, Caleta Tortel is a quaint village characterized by stilt houses, typical of Chilotan architecture, stretching along the coastline for several kilometers. Wooden walkways made of Guaitecas cypress connect the houses, contributing to the village's distinctive appearance and unique culture. Your journey continues southward towards Messier Channel, where you'll navigate through the dramatic 18-meter-wide (59 feet) English Narrows, offering a privileged view of the glaciers of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field. Some of the largest glaciers in the southern hemisphere outside of Antarctica can be found here.

Day 6: Bernardo O’Higgins National Park

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
You'll embark on a Zodiac excursion to the Amalia Glacier area or the surrounding glaciers along the Peel Fjord in the Bernardo O'Higgins National Park. You'll immerse yourself in the icy-blue beauty of the glacier and navigate across the sea and among its ice floes, uncovering part of Chile's natural mystique. As you sail between snow-capped peaks to get a closer look at the glacier and its brilliant, rugged textures, you may spot dolphins swimming at a distance, cormorants or condors flying above, and otters.

Day 7: Strait of Magellan and Tierra del Fuego

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
While cruising along the Strait of Magellan, explore the waters of the fiords that branch out from Tierra del Fuego. Follow the remote coast around the Francisco Coloane Marine Park, a protected area in the southern hemisphere where whales feed. If you are lucky, you may be able to witness Humpback or Sei whales breaching in the distance. You may also see dolphins, sea lions, seals, penguins, albatrosses, and petrels.

Day 8: Beagle Channel & Garibaldi Fjord

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The Beagle Channel offers you a striking narrow passage in the archipelago of Tierra del Fuego, a region originally named after the fires that burned in local native settlements when the first European explorers arrived. Dividing Chile and Argentina, this passage showcases ice formations along the snow-dusted Darwin Range. You'll sail along Glacier Alley, home to the Holanda, Italia, Francia, Alemania, and Romanche glaciers, to explore the Garibaldi Fjord.

Day 9: Ushuaia | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Morning arrival in Ushuaia and disembarkation.

Note: the itinerary presented above is for reference. As for any expedition cruise, our route will be subject to weather conditions and the requirements of the Chilean authorities.

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-Rates are quoted in U.S. dollars and represent costs per person, double occupancy. Cabin sharing, where solo travelers are matched with a cabin mate of the same gender is available in Porthole and Veranda Cabins. 
-Cabins are available for single occupancy at 1.85x the double occupancy rate for Porthole and Veranda Cabins types. Deluxe Veranda, Penthouse Suite, and Grand Suite cabins are 2x the double occupancy rate.

Fly cruises: Children admitted from 8 years old
  • Classic Antarctica Air Cruise
  • Polar Circle
  • Antarctica Express
Sea voyages: Children admitted from 12 years old
  • Patagonia & Chilean Fjords
  • Falklands (Malvinas) & SG
  • Falklands (Malvinas), SG and Antarctica
  • Antarctic Small Ship Expedition
Optionals
  • Kayaking: Children admitted from 16 years old.
  • Hiking & snowshoeing: Children admitted from 12 years old.
Included
  • 8 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 8 Dinners
  • 8 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Wine, beer, juice, and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board ship
  • Coffee, tea, chocolate, cappuccino, water and snacks on board ship throughout the expedition
  • IAATO passenger fee 
  • Loan of Waterproof Boots for Landings
  • Comprehensive Pre- and Post-voyage Information Materials
     
  • Lectures and entertainment onboard.
     
  • Daily buffet breakfast and lunch on board the ship offering a wide choice of dishes.
  • Dinner served daily on board the ship offering a choice between one of three main courses.
  • All guided shore excursions.
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Passport and Applicable Visa Expenses
  • Beverages purchased at the bar 
  • Parkas are not provided on your cruise. Please bring your own windproof, waterproof, insulated parka with you. You will want to make sure it is roomy enough to fit warm layers underneath. Click here for information about parka rental.
  • All participants in an Antarctica 21 expedition are required to have a travel insurance policy.  A comprehensive policy is recommended but, at a minimum, Medical Evacuation coverage up to $100,000 USD is required.

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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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