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 Magallanes 990, Punta Arenas, between 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., with cruise ship boarding scheduled for 6:00 p.m. The captain and crew give a welcome cocktail reception onboard and afterwards the ship departs on your great adventure!

Ainsworth Bay, Chile
Tuckers Islets, Chile

At dawn, we continue navigating through Almirantazgo Sound, arriving at Ainsworth Bay, inside the Alberto de Agostini National Park. From a distance we may see the Marinelli Glacier which descends from the Darwin Mountain Range, and we will learn how life begins after the retreat of the ice. We will also take a walk to discover a beaver dam in the marvelous subpolar Magellanic forest. On the beach, we will try to see elephant seals, but we cannot guarantee this as the precise location of the colony is unpredictable. Later, we sail to Tuckers Islet, and after lunch we board the Zodiac boats to view Magellanic Penguins (which only live in the Southern Hemisphere), and Cormorants.

Pia Glacier, Chile
Glacier Alley, Chile

We navigate along the main part of the Beagle Channel to reach Pia Fjord, where we disembark near Pia Glacier. We take a short hike to a look-out point with a spectacular view of the entire glacier tongue, stretching from high in the mountains all the way to the sea. After this unforgettable experience, we continue sailing along the northwest arm of the Beagle Channel through majestic Glacier Alley.

Cape Horn, Chile
Wulaia Bay, Chile

We sail through the Murray Channel and Nassau Bay to reach Cape Horn National Park, where we will disembark (weather permitting). The mythical 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". The park was declared a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in June 2005. 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 lookout point. Since early November 2011, we have been doing kayaking activities in Wulaia Bay run by an experience explorer, Cristián Donoso, supported by our expedition guides. The activity includes paddling through historic areas related to the native Yagan people, bird watching, as well as the pure joy of paddling. The kayaking activity has an approximate cost of US $120, with a duration of 1 1/2 to 2 hours in the water.

Ushuaia, Argentina

Arrive at Ushuaia, Argentina’s most important city on Tierra del Fuego, and the southernmost city in the world. Disembark at 8:00 a.m.

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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