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Australis Cruises : Ushuaia - Punta Arenas (5 days / 4 nts)

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Places Visited:
v/   Ushuaia
v/   Cape Horn
v/   Wulaia Bay
v/   Pia Glacier
v/   Garibaldi Glacier
v/   Piloto and Nena Glaciers
v/   Agostini Sound
v/   Aguilar Glacier
v/   Strait of Magellan
v/   Magdalena Island
v/   Punta Arenas
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Stunning 5 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:Pia Glacier - Garibaldi Glacier
Day 4:Piloto and Nena Glaciers - Agostini Sound - Aguilar Glacier
Day 5:Strait of Magellan - Magdalena Island - Punta Arenas


Day 1:  Ushuaia
Check in from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at 409 San Martín st. Cruise ship boarding at 5:30 p.m. After a welcome cocktail reception offered by the Captain and his crew the ship will depart for “the uttermost part of the earth”. Our trip takes us through the Strait of Magellan and Beagle Channel to explore one of the most breathtaking wilderness regions in the world: Southern Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego.

(Included meals: breakfast)
Day 2:  Cape Horn - Wulaia Bay
We sail through Murray Channel and Nassau Bay to reach Cape Horn National Park, where we 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 for sailboats between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, and it is known as the “End of the Earth”.  The park was declared a World Biosphere Reserve in 2005.

In the afternoon, we go ashore at historical Wulaia Bay, originally the site of one of the region’s largest Yamana aboriginal settlements. Charles Darwin landed here 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 walk through a Magellan forest of lengas, coigües, canelos, ferns, and other endemic vegetation to reach a panoramic viewpoint.

(Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Day 3:  Pia Glacier - Garibaldi Glacier
We navigate along the Northwest arm of the Beagle Channel to reach Pia Fjord, where we disembark. We take a short hike to a panoramic viewpoint from which we can appreciate the spectacular Pia Glacier, which main tongue stretches from the top of the mountains down to the sea.

In the afternoon we will enter and disembark at Garibaldi Fjord to then hike through the forest up to a glacial waterfall and enjoy the spectacular views. For those who stay onboard, our Capitan will point the bow towards the beautiful blue Garibaldi Glacier and the panoramic view can be enjoyed from the upper decks.

(Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner) 
Day 4:  Piloto and Nena Glaciers - Agostini Sound - Aguilar Glacier
In the morning 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.

In the afternoon we will enter the spectacular De Agostini Sound, in the heart of Darwin Mountain Range. In this area we can see glaciers descending from 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 to 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.

(Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Day 5:  Strait of Magellan - Magdalena Island - Punta Arenas
Early in the morning (and weather permitting) we will go ashore on Magdalena Island, located in the middle of the Strait of Magellan. The island used to be an essential source of supplies for navigators and explorers and is inhabited by an immense colony of Magellan Penguins that we will be able to see during our walk to the lighthouse. In September and April this excursion is replaced by a ride on Zodiac boat to Marta Island to observe South American Sea Lions. Finally, disembarking at Punta Arenas is scheduled at 11:30 am.

(Included meals: breakfast) 
 
Trip type:
  Private service