During our journey, we will be dazzled by the views of big glaciers, virgin bays, natural forests and a variety of penguin rookeries and sea lions, among others. During our great trip, we will visit very famous places such as the Strait of Magellan, Cape Horn, Magdalene Island and the northwestern branch of the Beagle Channel. The Strait of Magellan is considered the most important natural passage between the Pacific and the Atlantic oceans. This waterway is located in the southern limit of South America, surrounded by Tierra del Fuego, Southern Chile and some islands situated along the Pacific Ocean.
Cape Horn, declared Reserve of the Biosphere by UNESCO, is considered the southernmost spot in South America. This place delimits the northern tip of the Drake Passage, which separates the Antarctic Peninsula and the American continent. This area has become a legend due to the strong winds, waves and giant icebergs that endangered the old sailing ships which had to cross the area for trading. Magdalene Island is famous for making up, together with Marta Island, one of the most important rookeries and natural shelters located in the South of Chile: "Penguin Natural Monument."
We will also have the opportunity of visiting the cities of Ushuaia and Punta Arenas, before or after our journey. Ushuaia, also known as the City of the End of the World, has the second most important port in Argentina (preceded by Buenos Aires Port), being also considered the Incoming Port to the Antarctic Peninsula. Punta Arenas is the southernmost harbor city in Chile and South America, apart from being the city with the biggest population in the Patagonian region of that country. This cosmopolitan city is also famous for having a duty-free zone that allows inhabitants to enjoy important benefits. The duration of Australis programs varies according to the Departure Port chosen for this trip. If we set sail in the Chilean city of Punta Arenas, we will have a 5-day and 4-night trip; and if we set sail in the Argentinean city of Ushuaia, we will enjoy a trip having one day less -being 4 days and 3 nights.
The right thing is to consider the navigation nights because if we consider the day, in both Australis trips, the longest and the shorter trip, there is a day that should not be considered. It is coherent to say that these are trips of 4 days 4 nights and 3 days and 3 nights. Because the route leaves from Chile begins in the evening on the first day, that day is practically lost and navigation path that begins in Ushuaia is exactly the same. Besides the day of arrival, the final day of the trip is very early in the morning, which means that this day should not also considered.
The trips of the Australis cruises are performed in the 2 vessels (Via and Stella) does not always do the same routes. The main difference is that the itinerary visits different areas. Is not the same trip if the departure is from Ushuaia or from Punta Arenas than from It will be a matter of taste and time the choice of either one. It is nowadays possible to leave from Ushuaia and return to Ushuaia or depart from Punta Arenas and return to Punta Arenas, these programs are called Round Trip.
Route from Punta Arenas to Ushuaia on 5 days
This tour is done by both ships, the Via Australis and the Stella Australis, the difference is they departure in different days. The Stella Australis departs every Saturday, however the M / V Via Australis leaves every other Monday. In both cases the itinerary is the same, you can see it in AUSTRALIS IN 5 DAYS FROM PUNTA ARENAS.
Patagonia Cruises :Route from Ushuaia to Punta Arenas on 5 or 4 days
This program is also made by both ships, the Via Australis and the Stella Australis, the difference lies not only in difference of days, but the routes are different, the M / V Stella Australis is a 4 days trip and the M / V Via Australis is 5 days cruise. The Stella Australis departs every Wednesday, in the other hand the M / V Via Australis leaves every other Monday as in the other journey. In other words, the M / V Via Australis leaves from Punta Arenas on a Monday and the following Monday from Ushuaia. In both cases the itinerary is different; you can see it in AUSTRALIS IN 4 OR 5 DAYS FROM USHUAIA.
Route from Punta Arenas to Punta Arenas or from Ushuaia to Ushuaia, called Round Trip
This cruises is done only with the M / V Via Australis starting Friday from Punta Arenas or from Ushuaia and always return to the same port, it returns to the same destination. Specifically the first Friday of every month departs from Chile and the next Friday from Argentina and so on. You can see the full itinerary in AUSTRALIS ROUND TRIP IN 4 OR 5 DAYS.
There are also Round Trip programs of 8 days and 7 nights that are only made with the M / V Stella Australis. It is the junction of two one way itineraries. The Australis Cruise Round Trip in 8 days that makes Punta Arenas-Ushuaia-Punta Arenas is formed with 2 short trips: Australis in 5 days OneWay sails from Punta Arenas plus the Australis in 4 days One Way leaving from Ushuaia. The other Australis trip, 8 days Round Trip does Ushuaia-Punta Arenas-Ushuaia. It combines 2 itineraries: Australis Cruise in 4 days One Way with its departure from Ushuaia plus Australis Cruise in 5 days One Way coming out from Punta Arenas. The itinerary can be seen in AUSTRALIS ROUND TRIP IN 8 DAYS.
Despite visiting the famous Cape Horn and Magdalene Island, we will have the opportunity to visit very important places which include:
Wulaia Bay. It is an archaeological site; in the past it was the birthplace of the most important tribes of the region: the Yamanas. Here also the Fitz Roy himself, along with the English naturalist Charles Darwin during his second expedition, settled the first Anglican mission of the area. Ainsworth Bay is famous for giving shelter to the biggest glacier among those coming from the Ice Field and Darwin Mountains: Marinelli Glacier. We will be dazzled by its large 40-meter ice walls and the flora and fauna of the surrounding Magellan forest.
In Tucker Islet, thanks to the high concentration of nutrients in the area, we will be astonished to see a great variety of sea fauna. This place is one of the many turns in the world that has been minimally explored; thanks to this, we can appreciate all the splendor of the flora and fauna in the most natural environment. Glacier Avenue, this narrow passage located on the Beagle Channel coasts, will surprise us because we will see plenty of ice tongues descending from Darwin Mountain Range. This scenery is regarded as one of the most fascinating and memorable landscape in the whole trip.
If we want to learn more about this southernmost region, we can extend this sea crossing with the addition of a land program along the Southern Patagonia, the city of Ushuaia in Tierra del Fuego, the National Park, and El Calafate city: a means of access to Los Glaciares National Park and one of the most important glaciers of the world: Perito Moreno Glacier. You can choose among one of these full programs of 7, 10 or 14 days.