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Cahuelmo Fjord, Chile

Patagonia & Chilean Fjords

Example 14 Day Cruise aboard L'Austral
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This 14-day voyage takes you to discover the striking landscapes of the Pacific coast of South America and the colonial style of Chile's coastal cities. Running between the Andes and the ocean, Chile offers visitors a richly contrasting landscape and pristine vistas. Set out from Valparaiso to discover Patagonia on visits to Castro on Chiloe Island, Tortel, and Torres del Paine National Park on your way to legendary Cape Horn. This trip is truly a unique occasion to sail to the heart of the Chilean waterways, between immaculate archipelagos and tumultuous fjords. At the end of your cruise reach Ushuaia. This small city at the end of the world nestles between mountains and fertile plains where abundant wildlife has taken up residence.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Valparaiso, Argentina | Embark
Day 2 : At Sea
Day 3 : Castro
Day 4 : Puerto Montt
Day 5 : At Sea
Day 6 : Tortel
Days 7-9 : Sailing in the Chilean Fjords
Day 10 : Puerto Natales
Days 11-13 : Navigation Cape Horn and Beagle Channel
Day 14 : Ushuaia | Disembark

Highlights

  • Visit Valparaiso, a city full of history and a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Enjoy mythical Cape Horn, sailing to the heart of Chilean channels
  • Witness a truly authentic aquatic ballet between seals and porpoises
  • Admire snow-capped peaks of the Andes towering above fjords

Ship

L'Austral

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Cahuelmo Fjord, Chile Torres del Paine National Park, Chile Traveler enjoying the views on a South American tour Cliffs of Cape Horn, Chile Wander the peaceful moors of Patagonia

Day 1 Valparaiso, Argentina | Embark

Located about 100 kilometers south of Santiago, legendary Valparaiso is the second largest city in Chile. It is also a splendid city, full of history: two qualities justifying its nickname “gem of the Pacific” and its status as a UNESCO World Heritage site. You can stroll along the steep streets, on foot or by cable car, and explore the many admirable sites like the delicate Iglesia de la Matriz, Sotomayor Square, Bellavista Hill, or Sebastiana house where the author Pablo Neruda lived. At every turn, you get a refreshing view of the sea.

Day 2 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 3 Castro

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
At the heart of the Lake District, your ship slips through the calm waters of an archipelago of 40 islands. Chiloe is a lush green island, home to 16 wooden churches that are listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites. Remarkable for their architecture, they are inspired by naval construction techniques. You can also admire the Palafitos, brightly colored wooden houses on stilts which seem to float on the water at high tide. Before reaching Castro, you may witness a truly authentic aquatic ballet, where seals and porpoises swim nose-to-nose with your ship.

Optional Excursion: 

Castro and its Churches - length: 3h30. Leave the pier to drive to Gamboa Bridge over the Gamboa River, from where you can appreciate the "palafitos", wooden houses built on stilts above the water, something very typical on the island. Continue the trip driving to Vilipulli church. A National Monument, it was built in the 1700s and was visited by Charles Darwin in 1853. Afterwards, continue towards Chonchi, the "three-story town" with its houses arranged in steps on the hillside. Visit the church and walk along its colorful wooden houses to visit the small but interesting Museum of Traditions before driving back to Castro.

Back in the main town, visit San Francisco church, built in 1906, and stroll around the main Plaza. Your final stop is at the interesting and colorful handicraft market of Castro. Only a 10-minute stop gives you the possibility to stay longer and walk back independently to the pier. This handicraft market is located only a few yards from the pier area.

Day 4 Puerto Montt

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
A picturesque stopover in southern Chile, the colorful city of Puerto Montt is the capital of the Lakes District. Here, discover reminders of its colonial past at the Plaza de Armas and neoclassical cathedral. The Manuel Montt lookout offers stunning views of the bay's sapphire beauty. Close to the town, the peaceful banks of Lake Llanquihue are conducive for a relaxing walk and the quaint, traditional villages of Puerto Varas and Frutillar are well worth a visit.

Optional Excursion: 

Petrohue Rapids - length: 4h15. Leaving the pier head north into the Vicente Perez Rosales National Park up to Petrohue Rapids. The mighty Petrohué is one of Chile's most beautiful and exciting glacial rivers, and you are sure to marvel at the spectacular scenery of ancient forests, waterfalls, and breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and volcanoes. Upon arrival to the rapids, you can enjoy the spectacle of the inky-green waters as they crash through lava channels formed after the eruption of the Osorno in 1850. Walk along several paths through the forest to reach the picturesque setting with the series of emerald-green rapids against a backdrop of mountains. Back on the bus, drive to Todos Los Santos Lake on a gravel bumpy road. The lake is also known as Emerald Lake for the color of its waters. Enjoy some 10 to 15 minutes at leisure to walk around and take pictures. At agreed time, re-board your tour bus to drive directly to the pier in Puerto Montt.

Day 5 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 6 Tortel

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
A picturesque, colorful fishing village, Tortel boasts a splendid location in the heart of southern Patagonia, halfway between Puerto Montt and Cape Horn. From the little streets made up of small walkways, fall in love with the grand panorama of rounded mountains, dense forest, and the clear waters of the Pacific. If you walk out onto one the many wooden pontoons, you can admire the views as you stand suspended a few meters above the water. The village is scattered with sculptures made by local artists, an excellent introduction to this friendly community

Day 7-9 Sailing in the Chilean Fjords

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners

Day 10 Puerto Natales

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Located in the heart of Chilean Patagonia, capital of the Última Esperanza province, the village of Puerto Natales wins you over with its brightly colored houses nestled in the shade of the Andes. A walk along the coastal Pedro-Montt avenue gives splendid views of the Almirante Montt gulf, a stretch of crystalline water that links Puerto Natales to the Pacific. The Museo Historico documents urban and rural life and the indigenous history of the environment. Puerto Natales is also the closest town to the spectacular Torres del Paine National Park, a 181,000-hectare reserve protected by UNESCO.

Optional Excursion: 

Torres del Paine National Park - length: 10h. Early in the morning depart from the pier in direction to the Park, 70 miles / 120 kms away. Appreciate the most spectacular worldwide reserve at the end of the world. Torres del Paine National Park covers an area over 242.000 hectares, welcoming a fertile combination of lakes, lagoons, waterfalls, glaciers, hills, and peaks, where it is possible to admire different forms of life in their natural state. Inside the area, the road is surrounded with dozens of lagoons covered with grasses and aquatic birds, contrasting with small hills where flocks of guanacos pasture. Enter Sarmiento Lake where you have your first stop inside the Park. Afterwards, continue towards the Nordenskjold Lake that bathes the mountainside of the Paine range with its emerald-green coloring.
The lake gives life to the impetuous Salto Grande (big waterfall), forming the quiet Pehoe Lake spilling its waters from the Nordenskjold Lake. Here a 45-minute walk is the big opportunity for closer pictures of the Salto. The journey continues skirting the Paine River passing by the headquarters of the Serrano River until you reach the Serrano River area, a peaceful and beautiful place, where you can admire the other part of the park. Lunch is served at one of the hosterias in the park.
After lunch, enjoy a relaxed and beautiful return to Puerto Natales, taking a shorter road (around 55 miles only). On the way, stop at 3 different beautiful viewpoints to catch your last pictures.

Hiking in Torres del Paine National Park - length: 13h. Early in the morning depart from the pier towards the park (70 miles/120 kms away), the most spectacular worldwide Reserve at the end of the world. From Puerto Natales, drive to Cerro Castillo. On route, some stops may be made, depending on the animals seen. Continue towards an alternative entrance, Lago Sarmiento area. Here you have the opportunity to see guanacos. Start a great walk uphill for about 4 kilometers, reaching no more than 500 meters along a gravel and grass trail, admiring constantly the Paine mass. You may have a chance to observe great fauna: condors, guanacos, and rhears, among others. After reaching the top of this hill, hike down the "hill" for other 4 kms until reaching the Laguna Amarga entrance to the park, where your coach awaits you. Continue to Nordenskjold Lake viewpoint. The journey continues skirting the Paine River, passing by the headquarters of the Serrano River until reaching a peaceful and beautiful spot where you can admire the other part of the park. Lunch is served at one of the hosterías in the park. After lunch, head to the Salto Grande area to observe its waterfall. Walk some 400 meters each way (normally cold and windy). After some time on site, reboard your coach and drive back to Puerto Natales via the same road used early in the morning.

Day 11-13 Navigation Cape Horn and Beagle Channel

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
It's at the meeting point between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans that you enter Chilean Patagonia, where you head for the Tierra del Fuego archipelago and its famous Cape Horn. From the top of its impressive 425-meter-high cliff, South America's southernmost tip has, for many centuries, seen merchant ships from the world over passing by. Because of its legendary storms and rough seas, getting around the Cape has gone down in history as a challenge for all seafarers. Prepare yourself for a memorable experience, whatever the weather conditions!

Day 14 Ushuaia | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Capital of Argentina's Tierra del Fuego province, Ushuaia lies in a bay opening into the Beagle Channel at the country's southernmost tip. Its colorful houses are framed against towering mountains, snow-capped in winter and summer alike. Downtown, the End of the World Museum showcases Tierra del Fuego's natural and indigenous history. A ride on the Heritage Railway is an exciting excursion into the Tierra del Fuego National Park, while a cruise on Ushuaia Bay is the perfect way to spot sea lions and Magellanic penguins. Say farewell to your fellow passengers and the crew and start your journey back home. Fly from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires (this flight is included in your fare).

L'Austral

Per person starting at
$8,540
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8 cabins, 226 sq ft, located on Le Champollion Deck. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area and private bath.
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28 cabins, 200 sq ft with private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area, private bath.
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Prestige Stateroom - Deck 4
200 sq ft with 43 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area, private bath.
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Prestige Stateroom - Deck 5
200 sq ft with 43 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area, private bath.
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Prestige Stateroom - Deck 6
200 sq ft with 43 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area, private bath.
Deluxe Suite
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Deluxe Suite
3 suites, 290 sq ft with 54 sq ft private balcony, located on the Le France Deck. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area, desk, minibar, private bath.
Prestige Suite
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Prestige Suite - Deck 5
398 sq ft with 86 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, communicating cabins available. Separate living area, private bath.
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Prestige Suite - Deck 6
398 sq ft with 86 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, communicating cabins available. Separate living area, private bath.
Owner's Suite
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Owners Suite
484 sq ft with 97 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, communicating cabins available. Separate living, dining areas, private bath with large tub and shower, minibar, 2 flat screen TVs, DVD, CD, and IPOD, Video on demand, Satellite phone

Notes

Please note:
Fares are based on double occupancy and are capacity controlled. Rates may increase at any time as the ship sells out and subject to change without notice.

Children welcome:
- Flexible, or connecting staterooms
- Baby-sitting service on request
- Children's menus, fun tea parties, games, piano lessons and a host of other activities
- Special kids' rates

Cruise fares are per person and include the following:
  • All meals while on board the ship 
  • Captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner
  • “Open Bar” (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands...list available upon request)
  • Evening entertainment and events
  • 24h room service (special selection)
  • English-speaking lecturer 
  • Water sports activities (except scuba diving) using the ship’s equipment, when permitted by local authorities and confirmed by ship Master according to safety and sea conditions onsite
  • Highly experienced bilingual (French-English) Expedition team 
  • Park entry fees into protected areas
  • Complimentary boot rental on select cruises
 Cruise, Flights & Transfers program rates are per person and also include:
  • Flight Ushuaia / Buenos Aires in economy class, on European airlines
  • Meet and Greet by representatives at the destination airport
  • Transfers from the ship and other services before and after the cruise according to detailed programs available upon request 10 months prior departure
* Flights are being studied and are subject to change until the flight plan is confirmed and this up to 3 months prior to each cruise

Cruise fares do not include:
  • Any ground services before and/or after the cruise other than the ones mentioned in each “Cruise, Flights & Transfers” package and for which details are available upon request
  • Pre or post cruise programs, overland programs or shore excursions mentioned
  • Visa expenses and/or immigration reciprocity taxes if applicable
  • Luggage handling
  • Gratuities to onboard crew, local guides and drivers
  • Optional Spa package to be booked prior to your departure
  • Beverages other than the ones mentioned
  • Laundry services, hair salon and à la carte Spa treatments
  • Personal expenses, on board medical consultations and drug prescriptions
  • Cancellation/luggage/assistance/repatriation/medical insurance(s)

Included

  • 13 Breakfasts, 12 Lunches, 13 Dinners
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