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Australis Patagonia Cruise : Ushuaia - Punta Arenas (4 days / 3 nts)

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Places Visited:
v/   Ushuaia
v/   Cape Horn
v/   Wulaia Bay
v/   Aguila Glacier
v/   Magdalena Island
v/   Punta Arenas
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Stunning 4 day Australis cruises beween Punta Arenas and Ushuaia via Cape Horn and remote channels of Tierra del Fuego. A unique way to explore the end of world, seeing legendary waterways and visiting penguin and sea lion colonies.
Day 1:Ushuaia
Day 2:Cape Horn - Wulaia Bay
Day 3:Agostini Sound - aguila Glacier (Stella) - Piloto and Nena Glacier (Via)
Day 4:Magdalena Island - Punta Arenas


Day 1:  Ushuaia
Check in at San Martín 245, Ushuaia, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Cruise ship boarding from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The Captain and crew give a welcome cocktail reception on board. Afterwards, the ship departs for “the uttermost part of the earth.” Our excursion will take us through the Beagle Channel and the Strait of Magellan to explore one of the most captivating wilderness regions in the world: Southern Patagonia, and Tierra del Fuego.

(Included meals: dinner)
Day 2:  Cape Horn - Wulaia Bay
We sail through the Murray Channel and Nassau Bay to reach Cape Horn National Park, where we will disembark (weather permitting). The mystical Cape Horn was discovered in 1616, and it is a sheer, 425 meter (1,394 foot) high rocky promontory. For many years it was an important navigation route between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, and it is known as the End of the Earth.  In the afternoon, we go ashore at historic Wulaia Bay, once the site of one of the region’s largest Yamana aboriginal settlements. Charles Darwin landed here on January 23rd, 1833, during the voyage of the HMS Beagle. This area is also renowned for the mesmerizing beauty of its vegetation and geography. We will walk through a Magellanic forest of Lengas, Coihues, Canelos, ferns, and other native vegetation to reach a look-out point.

(Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Day 3: Agostini Sound - aguila Glacier (Stella) - Piloto and Nena Glacier (Via)
M/V Stella Australis: Agostini Sound - Aguila Glacier:
We will be sailing through Brecknock, Ocasión, Cockburn, and Magdalena Channels to enter the spectacular De Agostini Sound, in the heart of Darwin Mountain Range. In this area we can see glaciers descending the mountainside all the way down to the sea. In the afternoon, onboard Zodiac boats, we will route to Águila Glacier where we will take an easy walk all the way the base of the glacier. We will experience the beauty of Patagonia’s cold rainforest and see how the power of nature molded the area’s landscape.
 
M/V Via Australis: Piloto and Nena Glacier:
We will be sailing through Cockburn Channel to anchor in Chico Sound. Onboard Zodiac boats, we will explore Alakaluf Fjord and enjoy the view of Piloto and Nena Glaciers from the sea. The intense blue color of Piloto Glacier due to its compression and age draws attention. We will learn about the formation of glaciers and their influence on the abrupt geography of the Fuegian-Patagonian channels.

(Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Day 4:  Magdalena Island - Punta Arenas
Early in the morning, we go ashore on Magdalena Island (weather permitting). Located in the Strait of Magellan, it was an essential source of supplies for navigators and explorers in the past. The island is inhabited by an immense colony of Magellanic Penguins which can be sighted during our walk to a lighthouse, which guides ships on their way through the strait. In September and  April this excursion is replaced by a Zodiac boat ride at Marta Island to observe sea lions. After our visit, we sail to Punta Arenas, disembarking at 11:30 a.m.

(Included meals: breakfast)
 
Trip type:
  Private service