Fjords of Tierra del Fuego
A great dessert to any South America journey
5 Days from US$1,440
Punta Arenas (Chile) - Ushuaia (Argentina)

Our Patagonia cruise tours follow the fjords of the southern edge of Tierra del Fuego highlights the stunning, natural beauty of Patagonia and several of its most important historical sites. Whether you are sailing aboard the Australis Cruise, this four-day journey includes visits to wildlife rich Ainsworth Bay, massive Pia Glacier and Glacier Alley, as well as mystical Wulaia Bay and the legendary Cape Horn.

These beautiful small ships take you through the southernmost fjords of both Chilean and Argentinean Patagonia. Get up close to penguins, sea birds, and sea lions. Discover glaciers on zodiac cruises and walk ashore in the company of expert naturalist guides.

Feel the warm embrace of Patagonian sunsets, and visit Cape Horn, a place that evokes strong emotional and spiritual feelings among visitors.

Each years there are special journeys focused on whale watching or, that follow in the steps Charles Darwin’s voyage through the territory. There are also photographic safaris, and a program that complements the cruise with a land tour through Tierra del Fuego, including a visit to a King Penguin colony.

Tour Highlights

Tour Information
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  • When

    SEPTEMBER 2018 – MARCH 2019

  • What



Check in at 1385 O’Higgins Street (Arturo Prat Port) in Punta Arenas between 13:00 and 17:00 (1-5 PM) on the day of your Australis cruise departure.
Board the vessel at 6 PM. After a welcoming toast and introduction of captain and crew, the ship departs for one of the remotest corners of planet Earth.
During the night we cross the Strait of Magellan and enter the labyrinth of channels that define the southern extreme of Patagonian.
The twinkling lights of Punta Arenas gradually fade into the distance as we enter the Whiteside Canal between Darwin Island and Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego.

By dawn the ship is sailing up Admiralty Sound (Seno Almirantazgo), a spectacular offshoot of the Strait of Magellan that stretches nearly halfway across Tierra del Fuego. The snowcapped peaks of Karukinka Natural Park stretch along the north side of the sound, while the south shore is defined by the deep fjords and broad bays of Alberto de Agostini National Park.
We go ashore at Ainsworth Bay, which harbors copious bird life and a colony of southern elephant seals which can sometimes be spotted from the Zodiacs. Two guided excursions are available: one is along the edge of a stream, peat bog and beaver habitat to a waterfall-and-moss-covered rock face tucked deep inside a pristine sub-polar forest; the other is a more strenuous hike along the crest of a glacial moraine. Both afford views of Marinelli Glacier and the Darwin Mountains.

Leaving our Ainsworth Bay tour behind, we sail west along the sound to the Tucker Islets. After lunch, we board the Zodiacs again for a close-up view of the Magellan penguins that inhabit the tiny islands. More than 4,000 penguins use Tucker as a place to nest, give birth and nurture their chicks. Many other bird species also frequent the area including king cormorants, oystercatchers, Chilean skuas, kelp geese, dolphin gulls, eagles and even the occasional Andean condor.

In September and April, the excursion to Magadlena Island is replaced by a visit to Marta Island, to watch South American sea lions. The excursion to Tuckers Islets is replaced by a trekking expedition near a glacier in Brookes Bay.

Overnight we sail around the western end of Tierra del Fuego via the very narrow Gabrial Channel, Magdalena Channel and Cockburn Channel. After rounding the remote Brecknock Peninsula, the Australis cruise tacks eastward and enters the Beagle Channel again.
By morning we are entering Pia Fjord and boarding the Zodiacs for a Pia Glacier tour. After disembarking we take a short hike to gain a panoramic view of the spectacular glacier, which extends from the mountaintops down to the sea or a longer much more difficult walk up a lateral moraine of the old Pia Glacier.
No one knows for certain how the hulking mass of snow and ice got its feminine moniker, but one theory says it was named for Princess Maria Pia of Savoy (1847-1911), daughter of the Italian king.

Back onboard the ship, we continue east along the Beagle Channel through an area called Glacier Alley. Living up to its name, the passage features a number of impressive tidewater glaciers flowing down from the Darwin Mountains and Darwin Ice Sheet on the north shore. Most of them named after European countries — Holland, Italy, Germany, Spain and France.

During the morning we cruise across Nassau Bay into the remote archipelago that includes Cape Horn National Park. Weather and sea conditions permitting, we shall go ashore on the windswept island that harbors legendary Cape Horn (Cabo de Hornos).
Discovered in 1616 by a Dutch maritime expedition — and named after the town of Hoorn in West Friesland — Cape Horn is a sheer 425-meter (1,394-foot) high rocky promontory overlooking the turbulent waters of the Drake Passage. For many years it was the only navigation route between the Pacific and Atlantic, and was often referred to as the “End of the Earth.” The park was declared a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 2005. The Chilean navy maintains a permanent lighthouse on the island, staffed by a lightkeeper and his family, as well as the tiny Stella Maris Chapel and modern Cape Horn Monument.

In the afternoon we navigate the narrow Murray Channel between Navarino and Hoste islands and drop anchor at historic Wulaia Bay, one of the few places in the archipelago where the human history is just as compelling as the natural environment. Originally the site of one of the region’s largest Yámana aboriginal settlements, the bay was described by Charles Darwin and sketched by Captain FitzRoy in the 1830s during their voyages on the HMS Beagle. This area is also renowned for its mesmerizing beauty and dramatic geography. After a visit to the Australis-sponsored museum in the old radio station — which is especially strong on the Yámana people and European missionaries in the area — passengers have a choice of three hikes (of increasing degrees of difficulty) that ascend the heavily wooden mountain behind the bay. On all of these you will be strolling through an enchanted Magellan forest of lengas, coigües, canelos, ferns, and other endemic fauna to reach a panoramic viewpoint overlooking the bay.
Before leaving Wulaia Bay, drop something into the wooden mail barrel inside the museum – letters or postcards meant to be hand delivered by future travelers – an ancient mariner tradition revived by Australis.

The following morning we sail into Argentine waters and dock in Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city.
Arrival at 08:30 a.m. and 9:30 am according to date of departure.

* Docking and disembarkation may be affected or delayed due to the wind and other weather conditions.

Pricing and Inclusions
Pricing and inclusion
    FROMCabin BCabin ACabin AA
    Low Season$1,800$2,410$2,526
    High Season$2,298$2,957$3,097

    Prices are per person• in US Dollar • Double occupancy in the cabin • port taxes are not included (60 USD per person). Prices are subject to change and availability.

    25% OFF – Promotional Departures**
    September 26; October 12 and 16; November 1st, 25 and 29; December 11, 15 and 19, 2018.


    • Arrival and departure transfers where mentioned.
    • All land transportation, and cruises/ferries where mentioned.
    • Good quality, well located hotels with private bathrooms.
    • Breakfast daily. Other meals as listed.
    • English speaking guided touring.
    • Prepayable entrance fees. Some National Parks are pay as you go. We’ll let you know if this applies to you.
    • 24 hour assistance by our trusted partners in each country.
    • Prices are valid to December 2018. Prices shown are ‘from’ prices and are subject to availability and seasonal price increases.
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    Flights are NOT included, as we may be able to include some with your International ticket to save you money.

    **Conditions & Restrictions apply. Price in USD based on a double occupancy basis in cabin B. Boarding fees and gratuities not included in this promotion. Prices for other categories and dates may be higher. Valid for bookings made from now until August 30th 2018. Applicable for Cabin A or Superior category. Applicable for double or single category. Not to be combined with other promotions or benefits. No third party bookings, just direct bookings only apply. Not applicable for boarding fees. Subject to availability.

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