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Patagonia

Patagonia

Unique Journeys to the End of the Earth

 

At the end of the world lies more than just beauty: glaciers, majestic mountains, turquoise lakes and gauchos dot this mythical land. Patagonia’s dramatic landscapes are a feast for the eyes, either on dry land, or through fjords and glaciers.

Assumed for centuries to be the ‘End of the World’, Patagonia is distinguished by its jagged mountain peaks and majestic glaciers, pristine rivers, turquoise lakes, and fjords, and is blessed with an abundance of wildlife on land and in the waters of these dramatic straits.

Among the wildlife species most often encountered are elephant seals, Andean condors, and penguins.  Humpback whales, dolphins and sea lions are common marine mammals, with the most elusive being the fearsome leopard seal. Birdlife is rich and varied, from the iconic Albatross, Kelp Goose and Caracara falcon to the little Magellan and majestic King Penguins.

Fabled Cape Horn sits on a windswept island just above the Drake Passage, where turbulent waters from the Atlantic and Pacific oceans converge. It was declared a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve and in 2016 celebrated the 400th anniversary of its discovery by Dutch mariners searching for a new route to Asia. Learn more…

A sample of our Patagonian experiences:

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Patagonia, Magdalena Island

Fjords of Tierra Del Fuego

5 Day Small Ship Expedition

Punta Arenas, Chile to Ushuaia, Argentina – from US$2,950

Explore the wonders of the Patagonian fjords on an expedition cruise, navigating along the South American channels of Tierra del Fuego, the Straits of Magellan, the Beagle Channel and Cape Horn. Follow in the footsteps of Magellan, Drake and Darwin as you hike secluded beaches, listen to groaning glaciers, explore the lush sub-polar forest, discover elephant seals, penguins and other native creatures. Map

Cruise Highlights:

  • Shore excursions in Zodiac boats that can easily navigate remote bays and shallow water
  • Experts on board offer lectures on the fauna, geography, glaciology, ethnography and history of the region, and the library features extensive literature on these subjects.
  • Special departures “In the footsteps of Charles Darwin”
  • Focus on photography, whale watching or a colony of King Penguins.
    About the ship

Cruise overview:
Day 1: Punta Arenas, Chile
Day 2: Ainsworth Bay – Tuckers Islets/Brookes Glacier
Day 3: Pia Glacier – Glacier Alley
Day 4: Cape Horn – Wulaia Bay
Day 5: Ushuaia, Argentina
Detailed itinerary

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Patagonia, Torres del Paine

Patagonia by Land and Sea

8 Days Torres del Paine + Small Ship Expedition – from US$5,650*

Explore the wonders of Southern Chile, at the end of the world.  Wild, barren and beautiful, Patagonia offers a wealth of memorable experiences both by small ship cruise and in the midst of spectacular landscapes.

Day 1: To Patagonia
Meet your Patagonian guide in Punta Arenas, Chile’s southern-most airport, and drive through the vast Patagonian “Pampa” to Torres del Paine National Park and the Explora Patagonia Lodge, home for the next 3 nights, all meals and excursions included.

Days 2 & 3: Torres del Paine National Park
Discover what makes this immense Patagonian national park one of the most popular destinations in Chile.  Enjoy three days in this tremendous wilderness with over 50 different guided walks, hikes and horseback rides to choose from. Take in the breathtaking views of the Torres Massif, Lago Grey and Grey Glacier and marvel at diverse wildlife on your journey to reach the most beautiful view points of this National Park.

After each day’s explorations return to your lodge for some well-earned rest.  Anchored like a white ship on the shores of turquoise Lake Pehoé, Explora Patagonia’s unique location sets you literally in the middle of Torres del Paine National Park, while greeting you with award winning architecture.
5* Explora Patagonia delights guests with ample comfortable rooms, a spa, a restaurant, and the knowledge of the expert guides to guarantee an unforgettable adventure in Torres del Paine.

Day 4: Fjords of Tierra del Fuego
This morning transfer to Punta Arenas and board the M/V Stella Australis for your 5 day small ship cruise.  Navigate along the channels of Tierra del Fuego, the Straits of Magellan, the Beagle Channel and Cape Horn as you listen to groaning glaciers, explore the lush sub-polar forest, discover elephant seals, penguins and more…

Cruise overview:
Day 5: Ainsworth Bay – Tuckers Islets/Brookes Glacier
Day 6: Pia Glacier – Glacier Alley
Day 7: Cape Horn – Wulaia Bay
Detailed itinerary

Day 8: Ushuaia, Argentina
This morning sail into Argentine waters and disembark in Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city.

*The itinerary can be customized to suit your desired length of stay.

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Patagonia, Stella Australis

About M/V Stella Australis

Life onboard:
Year of construction: 2010
Number of decks: 5
Passenger capacity: 210
Total cabins: 100
Deck Plan

Patagonia,Stella AustralisSpacious cabins feature comfortable beds, full bathrooms and panoramic windows to the Patagonian nature unfolding outside. The dining room serves buffet breakfasts and lunches and four-course dinners that blend continental and Chilean cuisine. The all-inclusive bar features a wide selection of liquors, excellent Chilean wines and local craft beers, as well as the trademark Calafate Sour.

Expedition team:
During your expedition cruise you will be accompanied by a multi-disciplinary team of experts who share their knowledge of the unique features, customs and virtues of the southernmost reaches of the world.

Through their constant study of glaciology, flora, fauna, history and traditions of the region, these guides will help you to understand all that you observe while visiting Patagonia.

Protecting the Environment
The privilege of operating in this spectacular and untouched scenery, in one of the few uninhabited areas on the planet, comes with a commitment to minimize our footprint. Among these are boardwalks to protect fragile habitats and the ongoing monitoring of flora, fauna, water conditions and other scientific protocols in conjunction with researchers from Chilean institutes and the Wildlife Conservation Society.
Our expert guides also provide recommendations to passengers to ensure minimal environmental impact with each landing.

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Patagonia, King Penguin

Fjords of Tierra Del Fuego
– detailed cruise itinerary:

Departs every Saturday between October and March (also operates in the reverse direction)

Day 1: Depart Punta Arenas
After boarding, a welcome toast and introduction of captain and crew, the ship departs and during the night we cross the Strait of Magellan and enter the Whiteside Canal between Darwin Island and Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego.

Day 2: Ainsworth Bay & Tuckers Islets
By dawn the ship is sailing up Admiralty Sound, 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, depending on your level of fitness.

Continue west along the sound to the Tucker Islets (seasonal). After lunch, we board the Zodiacs again for a close-up view of the Magellan penguins. More than 4,000 penguins use Tucker as a place to nest, give birth and nurture their chicks.

In September and April this excursion is replaced by a short walk to a glacier at nearby stunning Brookes Bay.

Day 3: Pia Glacier & Glacier Alley
Continue around the western end of Tierra del Fuego and enter the Beagle Channel. 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 for a view of the spectacular glacier, or choose a longer walk up a lateral moraine of the old Pia Glacier.

The sail east 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.

Patagonia, Elephant sealDay 4: Wulaia Bay & Cape Horn
In the early morning we navigate the narrow Murray Channel 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. After a visit to the museum in the old radio station you have a choice of three hikes, again depending on your fitness level. 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.

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), a sheer 425-meter (1,394-foot) high rocky promontory overlooking the turbulent waters of the Drake Passage. 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.

Day 5: Ushuaia
The following morning we sail into Argentine waters and dock in Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city. Ushuaia which was founded in 1884 and was one of the original points of contact between the indigenous Yámana and European cultures.

With around 65,000 inhabitants, Ushuaia is the second largest city in Tierra del Fuego and is surrounded by the Southernmost Andes peaks. Among its highlights is the maritime museum housed inside a former penitentiary. The city is also good for shopping – especially locally made chocolate – or hanging out in its many cafes.

Patagonia, Chile, Argentina

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About Patagonia:

For centuries, explorers arrived in Patagonia believing that they had reached the gates of the unknown Terra Australis, a legendary continent located at the extreme southern end of the world. Just like then, Patagonia remains largely unknown and wild, and practically uninhabited. The main settlements are Puerto Natales and Punta Arenas.

Founded in 1848 as a penal colony, Punta Arenas is an active and cosmopolitan port, and the largest Chilean city in the area.

Patagonia was occupied around 8000 years ago by semi-nomadic hunter-gatherers. The Kawésqar or Alakalufes, the Aónikenk or Patagones, the Sélknam and the Yaganes all co-existed and adapted to the harsh living conditions, incorporating rich religious and artistic expression. Of these ethnic groups, only a few dozen descendants still survive.

At the end of the nineteenth century large sheep ranches were established on the expansive pampa, fueled by the demand for wool by the British textile industry. Many Estancias remain today, home to the Gaucho who is responsible for the tasks on the ranch. An expert rider, he is also skilled in the use of the Boleadoras, a weapon composed of rocks joined by lines of leather used by the ancient Tehuelches.
In 1520, Magellan lead the first western expedition to the south of Latin America. This Portuguese explorer discovered a natural passage that connected the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. The Strait of Magellan became the most important route between the two oceans.

Cape Horn, the southernmost tip of South America, was discovered in 1616 by Jacob Le Maire, a Dutch businessman and explorer searching for an alternative to the Strait of Magellan, and looking to establish a commercial route to Asia. In addition to its famous Albatross Monument, the island harbors a lighthouse, chapel and wooden walkways across a landscape with many rare and unusual plants.

The Cape remains a maritime legend to this day, as sailing around this remote point and then through the Drake Passage was (and is) one of the most challenging nautical routes on the planet. The violent stretch of chaotic water between Antarctica and South America, frequented by icebergs, huge waves and plagued by gale-force winds, is crossed by sailors with great trepidation. Many still prefer to use the sheltered Strait of Magellan.

Le Maire was followed by Alexander von Humboldt, a German naturalist in 1799, Robert Fitz Roy and Charles Darwin in 1831, both English scientists and the Irish explorer Ernest Shackleton in the early 20th century.

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