3 NIGHTS VISITING CAPE HORN AND PATAGONIA, ABOARD THE AUSTRALIS CRUISE
Enjoy the incredible Glaciers and Fjords of Tierra del Fuego in a 4-night trip aboard the Australis Cruise, discovering manyl attractions in the chilean and argentinean patagonia.
- 4 nights aboard in the Australis Cruise.
- Breakfast, lunches, dinners included.
- Open Bar.
- Free Night in a 4-star hotel in Ushuaia or Punta Arenas with your booking. Yes, free for you!
ITINERARY DAY BY DAY
After arrival to Ushuaia airport, transfer to your 4-star hotel, where you will stay 1 night with breakfast included. At the next day, transfer to Australis boarding gate.
All of these services are free with your Skorpios III booking.
Optional: Half-day activity in Ushuaia
After a welcoming toast and introduction of captain and crew, the ship departs for one of the remotest corners of planet Earth. During the night we cross the Strait of Magellan and enter the labyrinth of channels that define the southern extreme of Patagonian. The twinkling lights of Punta Arenas gradually fade into the distance as we enter the Whiteside Canal between Darwin Island and Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego.
By dawn the ship is sailing up Admiralty Sound (Seno Almirantazgo), a spectacular offshoot of the Strait of Magellan that stretches nearly halfway across Tierra del Fuego. The snowcapped peaks of Karukinka Natural Park stretch along the north side of the sound, while the south shore is defined by the deep fjords and broad bays of Alberto de Agostini National Park. We go ashore at Ainsworth Bay, which harbors copious bird life and a colony of southern elephant seals which can sometimes be spotted from the Zodiacs. Two guided excursions are available: one is along the edge of a stream, peat bog and beaver habitat to a waterfall-and-moss-covered rock face tucked deep inside a pristine sub-polar forest; the other is a more strenuous hike along the crest of a glacial moraine. Both afford views of Marinelli Glacier and the Darwin Mountains.
Leaving Ainsworth Bay behind, we sail west along the sound to the Tucker Islets. After lunch, we board the Zodiacs again for a close-up view of the Magellan penguins that inhabit the tiny islands. More than 4,000 penguins use Tucker as a place to nest, give birth and nurture their chicks. Many other bird species also frequent the area including king cormorants, oystercatchers, Chilean skuas, kelp geese, dolphin gulls, eagles and even the occasional Andean condor. In September and April — when the penguins live elsewhere — this excursion is replaced by a short walk to a glacier at nearby stunning Brookes Bay.
Overnight we sail around the western end of Tierra del Fuego via the very narrow Gabrial Channel, Magdalena Channel and Cockburn Channel. After rounding the remote Brecknock Peninsula, Stella Australis tacks eastward and enters the Beagle Channel again. By morning we are entering Pia Fjord and boarding the Zodiacs for a shore excursion to Pia Glacier. After disembarking we take a short hike to gain a panoramic view of the spectacular glacier, which extends from the mountaintops down to the sea or a longer much more difficult walk up a lateral moraine of the old Pia Glacier.
No one knows for certain how the hulking mass of snow and ice got its feminine moniker, but one theory says it was named for Princess Maria Pia of Savoy (1847-1911), daughter of the Italian king.
Back onboard the ship, we continue east along the Beagle Channel through an area called Glacier Alley. Living up to its name, the passage features a number of impressive tidewater glaciers flowing down from the Darwin Mountains and Darwin Ice Sheet on the north shore. Most of them named after European countries — Holland, Italy, Germany, Spain and France.
During the early morning we navigate the narrow Murray Channel between Navarino and Hoste islands and drop anchor at historic Wulaia Bay, one of the few places in the archipelago where the human history is just as compelling as the natural environment. Originally the site of one of the region’s largest Yámana aboriginal settlements, the bay was described by Charles Darwin and sketched by Captain FitzRoy in the 1830s during their voyages on the HMS Beagle. This area is also renowned for its mesmerizing beauty and dramatic geography. After a visit to the Australis-sponsored museum in the old radio station — which is especially strong on the Yámana people and European missionaries in the area — passengers have a choice of three hikes (of increasing degrees of difficulty) that ascend the heavily wooden mountain behind the bay. On all of these you will be strolling through an enchanted Magellan forest of lengas, coigües, canelos, ferns, and other endemic fauna to reach a panoramic viewpoint overlooking the bay. Before leaving Wulaia Bay, drop something into the wooden mail barrel inside the museum – letters or postcards meant to be hand delivered by future travelers – an ancient mariner tradition revived by Australis.
In the afternoon we cruise across Nassau Bay into the remote archipelago that includes Cape Horn National Park. Weather and sea conditions permitting, we shall go ashore on the windswept island that harbors legendary Cape Horn (Cabo de Hornos). Discovered in 1616 by a Dutch maritime expedition — and named after the town of Hoorn in West Friesland — Cape Horn is a sheer 425-meter (1,394-foot) high rocky promontory overlooking the turbulent waters of the Drake Passage. For many years it was the only navigation route between the Pacific and Atlantic, and was often referred to as the “End of the Earth.” The park was declared a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 2005. The Chilean navy maintains a permanent lighthouse on the island, staffed by a lightkeeper and his family, as well as the tiny Stella Maris Chapel and modern Cape Horn Monument.
The following morning we sail into Argentine waters and dock in Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city.
Arrival at 08:30 a.m. and 9:30 am according to date of departure.
DESTINATIONS TO COMBINE WITH THE SKORPIOS III CRUISE
Discover a unique city of south america, with great food and wines.
Day 1 – Santiago
Arrival to Santiago and transfer to hotel. 03 nights of accommodation with breakfast
Day 2 – Santiago
In the morning, traditional city tour visiting the best of Santiago de Chile.
Day 3 – Santiago
In the morning, start excursion to visit Viña del Mar and Valparaíso.
Day 4 – Santiago
Free time until transfer to airport.
A small city with around beautiful mountains and lakes. Easy to combine with your cruise.
Day 1 – Bariloche
Arrival to Bariloche and transfer to the hotel.
Day 2 – Bariloche
In the morning, we start excursion to visit Circuito Chico: Llao Llao Park, Bahía and Cerro López, Colonia Suiza.
Day 3 – Bariloche
After breakfast, we start an incredible boat navigation to visit Isla Victoria (Victoria Island) and Bosque de Arrayanes (Los Arrayanes National Park)
Day 4 – Bariloche
Free time until transfer to your next destionation.
Enjoy 3 nights to the most southern destination in Argentina, full of mountains and national parks to discover.
Day 1 – Ushuaia
Arrival, reception and transfer to hotel in Ushuaia. 03 nights of accommodation with breakfast.
Day 2 – Ushuaia
After breakfast, we start excursion to Tierra del Fuego National Park. This incredible park, offers a beautiful environment. We visit Bahía Lapataia (End of 3 National Route), Lago Roca, etc. Later, we return to Ushuaia to take a Beagle Channel Navigation. During this navigation we visit the Isla de los Lobos (Sea Wolves Island), the Isla de los Pajaros (Birds Island), and the Faro Les Eclareirs (Les Eclareirs Lighthouse). You can enjoy a beautiful view of Ushuaia City from the Beagle.
Day 3 – Ushuaia
After breakfast, we start excursion to the north of Ushuaia to visit Lago Escondido (Escondido Lake) and later, Lake Fagnano (Fagnano Lake) in the middle of the island of Tierra del Fuego.
Day 4 – Ushuaia
After breakfast, transfer to Ushuaia Airport to take flight to El Calafate.
We can offer many other destionations in Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Peru, Ecuador and Brasil. Ask our sales people for recommendations. We´re ready to help you to plan to the best trip!
WE CAN EXTEND YOUR TRIP TO OTHER DESTIONATIONS IN SOUTH AMERICA
We are specialist in Patagonia Cruises, but also in best Argentina and Chile main destinations. So, we can connect your Australis Cruise to other destionations in the area.
Book a tailormade tour to enjoy more after or before your cruise. We assist you with brochures to show you what are the options available.
- Get the best prices in accommodation, we have good economy hotels, superior, first class and luxury too.
- Excursions to enjoy highlights in each destionation.
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We’re specialists in cruises in Patagonia. Some expedition cruises to visit Cape Horn, the southern glaciers and fjords, lakes and mountains; or the most exciting cruises in Amazonas, and Galapagos Islands, to enjoy incredible fauna.
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