Fjords of Tierra del Fuego (5 Days)

Cruise Line: Australis
Ship: Varies by Departure
Punta Arenas, Chile to Ushuaia, Argentina
Punta Arenas, Chile

Check in at 990 Magallanes Street between 1pm and 5pm. Board the cruise ship at 6pm. After a welcoming cocktail reception hosted by the Captain and his crew, the ship will depart for one of the remotest parts of the planet. Our trip will take us through the Strait of Magellan and Beagle Channel to explore one of the most breathtaking wilderness regions in the world.

Ainsworth Bay, Chile
Tuckers Islets, Chile

At dawn, we will navigate our way through Almirantazgo Sound, arriving at Ainsworth Bay, which is situated within Alberto de Agostini National Park. It is the perfect spot from which to see the Marinelli Glacier descending from Darwin Mountain Range in the distance and to appreciate how the land returns to life after glacial retreat. We will also take a walk to a beaver dam in the stunning subpolar Magellanic forest. There's a good chance of sighting Southern Elephant Seals, but do bear in mind the fact that sightings cannot be guaranteed due to the colony's unpredictable movements. Later, we will be sailing to Tucker Islet, and after lunch we will board well-equipped Zodiac boats to get close to a colony of Magellanic Penguins (indigenous to the Southern Hemisphere) and cormorants.

Pia Glacier, Chile
Glacier Alley, Chile

We will navigate along the northwestern arm of Beagle Channel before disembarking at Pia Fjord. From there, we'll take a short hike to a panoramic viewpoint from where we can enjoy spectacular views of the awe-inspiring Pia Glacier, whose main tongue extends from the mountaintops down to the sea. After this memorable experience, we will continue our voyage along the Beagle Channel through the majestic Glacier Alley.

Wulaia Bay, Chile
Cape Horn, Chile

In the morning, we will go ashore at historical Wulaia Bay, originally the site of one of the region's largest Yamana aboriginal settlements. Charles Darwin landed there in 1833 during his voyage on the HMS Beagle. This area is also renowned for the mesmerizing beauty of its vegetation and geography. We will take an enchanted walk through the Magellanic forest of lengas, coigües, canelos, ferns, and other endemic vegetation, to reach a panoramic viewpoint. In the afternoon, we will reach Cape Horn National Park, where, weather permitting, we shall go ashore. The legendary Cape Horn was discovered in 1616 and is a sheer 425-meter (1,394-foot) high rocky promontory. For many years it was an important navigation route between the Pacific and the Atlantic, and is referred to as the 'End of the Earth'. The park was declared a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 2005.

Ushuaia, Argentina

Acknowledged as the southernmost city in the world, Ushuaia was founded in 1884 and was one of the original points of encounter between the Yamana and European cultures. Its name derives from the Yamana word for 'penetrating bay' and it is surrounded by the last high peaks of the Andes. Today, it is one of the largest cities on Tierra del Fuego Island, with around 65,000 inhabitants.

Fjords of Tierra del Fuego map

About Us

Australis, a Chilean company with 27 years experience in operating expedition cruises and named amongst the 2017 Best Small-Ship Ocean Cruises by Travel + Leisure. Born on the waterways of Patagonia and sailing out of Punta Arenas, Chile & Ushuaia, Argentina; The Ventus Australis joined its sister ship Stella Australis as the only passenger vessels that can venture through the narrow fjords of Tierra del Fuego and disembark at fabled Cape Horn. We are the only cruise line who’s passengers get to walk on Cape Horn (weather permitting) on a regular basis.

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