Patagonia Explorer 5 DaysAboard: MV Stella Australis M/V Ventus Australis
Journey through the incredible scenery of some of the planet’s most remote places. This short, but very sweet, Patagonian cruise will see you discover pristine landscapes, rich wildlife and fascinating human history as you weave through the maze-like channels and islands of the Fuegian Archipelago and the legendary Strait of Magellan. Get up-close to stunning glaciers, visit boisterous Patagonian penguin colonies and explore fabled spots like Cape Horn and Wulaia Bay.
This trip operates on various dates aboard 2 different vessels. Mentioned activities may not be applicable to all departure dates. Please enquire for full rates and dates.
- Discover the incredible natural beauty of Patagonia
- See spectacular glaciers up-close including Pia Glacier, Garibaldi Glacier, Águila Glacier and Condor Glacier
- Stand at the “end of the earth” as you visit the legendary Cape Horn National Park
- Search for wildlife including abundant birdlife, Magellanic penguins and South American sea lions
- Explore around historic Wulaia Bay and learn about historical settlements and voyages to the area
- Hikes of various levels available throughout
- Enjoy thrilling Zodiac cruises and land visits accompanied by a team of destination experts
- Fantastic photo workshops and tuition included on many departures
- Sail aboard the only ships permitted to travel these Southern Patagonia waters, guaranteeing exclusive access to some wonderful spots
- All-inclusive accommodation, with breakfast, lunch, dinner and free bar included
- All onboard activities including a programme of presentations and lectures delivered by expert guides and naturalists
- Twice daily shore or Zodiac excursions accompanied by destination experts and guides
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Ushuaia - Embark
Your Patagonia fjords cruise departs from Ushuaia where you will arrive independently and make your way to the port for embarkation which will begin around 6pm. After settling in to your comfortable cabin, you can join your crew and fellow expeditioners for an introduction and your first fantastic dinner on board as we set sail for one of the most remote corners of the planet, through the mythical Beagle Channel and the Strait of Magellan, travelling through Patagonia and the channels of Tierra del Fuego.
Cape Horn - Wulaia Bay
Our first full day of adventure will see us cruise across Nassau Bay and into the remote archipelago that includes Cape Horn National Park which was declared a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 2005. Here we will hope to, weather permitting, Zodiac to the shore to enjoy an exploration of the area including its remote walking trails, the lighthouse, its tiny Stella Maris Chapel and of course the famous Cape Horn Monument. Cape Horn is a legendary spot and visiting here to soak up the incredible landscape is a very special opportunity.
Having enjoyed a great exploration of Cape Horn we will set sail for the historic Wulaia Bay where we will drop anchor and head ashore to learn more about how this area was once the site of one of the region’s largest Yámana aboriginal settlements. Visited by Charles Darwin and sketched by Captain FitzRoy in the 1830s, the area also has an interesting past in regards to exploration. Onshore we will visit the museum in the old radio station and there will be a choice of 3 hikes of varying difficulty.
Pia Glacier - Porter Glacier
Today it’s time for one of the highlights of any Tierra del Fuego cruise as we enter the beautiful Pia Fjord and board the Zodiacs for an unforgettable Pia Glacier tour. As we get closer to the glacier, we will disembark the Zodiacs to take a short hike that will reward in incredible panoramic views of this spectacular natural phenomenon. A more strenuous hike up a lateral moraine of the glacier will also be available.
After a thoroughly enjoyable morning at the Pia Glacier, in the afternoon we will take another memorable Zodiac cruise to the impressive Porter Glacier.
Agostini Sound – Eagle Glacier – Condor Glacier
Our last full day of adventures will see us navigate into the Cockburn Channel to enter the mightily impressive Agostini Sound for some fantastic photo opportunities of the glaciers descending from the centre of the Darwin Mountain Range. We then plan to hop into the Zodiacs to make our way to a picturesque lagoon formed by the melting of the Aguila Glacier and enjoy a leisurely walk around the area.
Later that day we get back into the Zodiacs to make our way to the Condor Glacier where our expert crew will offer some insights into the formation of glaciers and their influence on the abrupt geography of the Fuegian channels.
Magdalena Island - Punta Arenas - Disembark
There’s time for one more adventure this morning as we make our way to Magdalena Island where we will hope to disembark to see the huge colony of Magellanic penguins that resides here. We will hope for plenty of opportunities to photograph these fascinating animals up-close. Please note: In September and April the penguins are rarely found here so this excursion will be replaced by a landing on Marta Island to look for South American sea lions.
We will arrive in Punta Arenas around 11.30 am where your itinerary will conclude. You may wish to spend some time exploring the city before your onward or homeward journey.
A view from Above
A modern, purpose built small cruise ship built in 2010 to sail the fjords and coastline of Patagonia. 100 cabins, all with windows, can accommodate a maximum of 210 passengers. Public areas include lounge with bar, dining room, lounge/lecture room, exercise room and a large open terrace.
The elegant Ventus Australis has been designed to effortlessly access parts of Patagonia that few ships can reach, featuring the extreme manoeuvrability necessary to navigate narrow fjords and channels. Holding up to 210 passengers in excellent comfort, the vessel’s size, length, draft and engine power are simply perfect for in-depth exploration. With a relaxed atmosphere on board, there are three welcoming lounges to enjoy some relaxation and onboard wildlife and landscape observation. There is a spacious dining room where delicious chef-cooked meals are served, and accommodation is provided in 100 very comfortable and well-equipped cabins, most of which have large feature windows.
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Now that I am back from my odyssey voyage, I thought I would let you know that after all that planning it really did exceed my expectations – we managed landings everywhere even on Tristan da Cuhna and had great bird sightings. The guides all knew what they were talking about too and made sure I got some great photos – still sorting them all out! Thanks for everything and see you at Birdfair!Dave Martin
I want to thank you for all you did to make my recent Falklands trip run so smoothly and comfortably. Thank you for all your help over the diet too.Dr Lorna Mairs
Just a quick note to express my sincere thanks to you and all your staff for making this an epic adventure of immense proportions. Everything went smoothly, pickups, hotels and most of all the expedition itself. Truly a mind blowing experience unlike any I have ever taken.Mr J Borg, Malta
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