Australis in 5 days
Patagonia Explorers
From Ushuaia to Punta Arenas

Patagonian Explorer: Starting in January 2018, explore Patagonia on an adventurous five-day, four-night journeys between Ushuaia (Argentina) to Punta Arenas (Chile) through some of planet’s most remote places and incredible scenery. Discover the wild beauty of Patagonia on an Australis cruise that showcases the region’s pristine landscapes, rich wildlife and fascinating human history aboard an expedition ship that brings an extraordinary level of comfort and service to the uttermost edge of the world.

Australis in 5 days: From Ushuaia to Punta Arenas

5 days - 4 nights

Australis in 5 days: From Ushuaia to Punta Arenas

5 days - 4 nights

From Ushuaia to Punta Arenas

Patagonian Explorer: Starting in January 2018, explore Patagonia on an adventurous five-day, four-night journeys between Ushuaia (Argentina) to Punta Arenas (Chile) through some of planet’s most remote places and incredible scenery. Discover the wild beauty of Patagonia on an Australis cruise that showcases the region’s pristine landscapes, rich wildlife and fascinating human history aboard an expedition ship that brings an extraordinary level of comfort and service to the uttermost edge of the world. Leaving the twinkling lights of Ushuaia behind, the vessel calls on fabled spots like Cape Horn and Wulaia Bay before cruising down the Beagle Channel. Continuing through the maze of islands, we’ll visit a number of glaciers, frozen giants that guard the southern flank of the Fuegian Archipelago, before entering the legendary Strait of Magellan. Last stop is the Isla Magdalena and its boisterous Patagonia penguin colony before docking at Punta Arenas.

Day 1 - Ushuaia

During the first hours in the afternoon we will do the check in in the city of Ushuaia, so we can embark in one of the expedition ships of Australis: Via or Stella. We will set sail from the most southern city in the World, Ushuaia, crossing the famous Beagle Chanel, going through Cape Hornos, and then navigating the Strait of Magallanes. The Beagle Channel is a marine way, which was originated by different stages during the quaternary glaciations period, which was later ruled by the sea. It is defined in the north by Ushuaia and the other extremes are defined by some islands such as the Stewart, O´Brien, Gordon, Navarino e Nueva, among others. The southern region of the southamerican continent, that limits to the north with the Drake Passage, also known as the Hoces Sea, is the well-known Cape Hornos. This sea is distinguished for separate the american continente from the Antarctic Peninsula. The pasaje which joins the two biggest mass of water in the World (Pacific and Atlantic Ocean), is the famous Strait of Magallanes. It is located in the middle of Tierra del Fuego and some other islands of the Pacific Ocean and the Chilean Patagonia, it has an strategic location in the south limit of South America.

Day 2 - Cape Horn & Wulaia Bay

According to our fixed route, we will continue navigating by the Beagle Chanel and Murray Chanel, so then we can try to disembark (if weather conditions allows us to) and appreciate the nature beauties in the National Park Cape Hornos. We can realise about our arrival to this southern point, once we come accross with a 400 metres high hill. This place marks the most distant limit of the Group of the "fueguinas" islands, which is the most southern point in South America. It is also the point that defines the north extreme of the Drake Passage, it a sea which divides the American continent of the Antarctic Peninsula.

The National Park is located in the "End of the World", has been declared as a Biosphere Reserve in the 2005 by the UNESCO. During sunset, we will disembark in Wulaia Bay, current archaelogical place which was home of one of the most greatest tribes in the region a long time ago: the Yámanas. It was in this very same bay that Fitz Roy, who discovered the Beagle Chanel, found the main anglican mission during his second expedition with the famous english naturalista Charles Darwin. During our tour along the bay, we will have the opportunity to appreciate its magnificent flora and geography. We will do a trekking in the "magallánico" woods which will be waiting with a great quantity of floral species like lengas, coihues, ferns, among others, and then we will arrive to a viewpoint where we will have an Amazing view.

Day 3 - Garibaldi Glacier & Pia Glacier

In the morning, we will enter Garibaldi fjord, once we will disembark to trek through the Southern Patagonian forest, we will climb to the base of a waterfall of the glacial era. Those who decide not to walk to the Garibaldi Glacier, will navigate to it as close as possible to appreciate the glacier from very near. During our second journey, the route card in the Australis cruise will guide us to navigate through the main arteria of the Beagle Channel, we will get into by the northwest side of the Pia Bay channel, so then we can make a descent in the glacier which has the same name. This snowdrift introduces in the Darwin mountain chain and it drains by the Waters of its bay.

Day 4 - Piloto & Nena Glaciers, Seno Agostini & Aguila Glacier

In our next navigation day, we will go to the desert inlets of the Brecknock, Ocasion and Cockburn chanels, so we can arrive to our first destination: Seno Chico. The Brecknock passage is a short lenght chanel, but there are waves and runnings to take into account among its many islands. We will leave this route so we can get into the Cockburn Passage and keep safe from the big waves produced in the chanel. We will finally get to Seno Chico so we can disembark in zodiac boats through the Alakaluf Fjord. This Fjord was named in honor to the ancient groups of nomad canoeros, who could made the Alakaluf ethnic Group in the last hundred years, also known as the Kaweskars. These fishermen and sea hunters lived in the archipelagos, fjords and chanels surrounded by the Gulf of Penas and Brecknock Peninsula. We will continue through beautiful waterfalls to Piloto and Nena glaciers, where we would be able to know more about the origin of the glaciers and their repercussion on the patagonic chanels region. One of the most memorable experiences will be the sound produced when we go through fragments of ice from the glaciers. We will continue our crossing to the Glacier Águila Bay, where we can do a light trekking along its marvelous Beach and then we can surround its lagoon to arrive to the glacier.

We will navigate the waters of different channels, such as Brecknock, Occasion, Cockburn and Magdalena with the main objective to get to the Seno Agostini. This is a fjord located in the region of Magallanes and the Chilean Antarctic territory, its characteristic is long and narrow, has steep walls on deep water. Divides the two sectors of the Mountain Range Darwin, the mountainous area called Navarro in the southwestern with a predominant presence of ice and the mountain range that covers Monte Buckland in the far north, named after an exceptional Italian explorer Alberto de Agostini. In the afternoon we will sail towards Aguila Glacier to disembark and walk along the Antarctic-Patagonian forest, an extremely wet and cold place, finally we will meet the Águila Glacier located in the Alberto de Agostini National Park. It is worth making the trek in this majestic place where we can feel that we are very small in the middle of this amazing place.

Day 5 - Magdalena Island & Punta Arenas

We will go to Island Magdalena to try to make a disembark at the beginning of the day. This natural spot is distinguished for being the Natural Monument Los Pingüinos together with the small island Marta, one of the most outstanding group of penguins in the Chilean Patagonia. Another important attraction in the island is its lighthouse, an old one declared as a National Historial Monument which guides the navigators who go through the Strait of Magallanes. We will do a trekking to this high and illuminated tower to appreciate all the natural charm that the region offers, among them the important group of "magallánico" penguins. If we do this expedition crossing during September and April, we will replace this experience with a descent to Island Marta to enjoy watching the seals which we will be able to watch from our zodiac boats. This replacement is done because the groups of penguins in the mating period only stay in the island from October to March, every year. We will end our sea expedition by disembarking in the city of Punta Arenas when midday comes.

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 Australis in 5 days: From Ushuaia to Punta Arenas

Services

Servicios incluídos
  • Accommodation on board the ship during the trip
  • Carriage according to itinerary
  • Meals including drinks, beer or wine
  • Shore Excursions
  • Entertainment on board
Servicios no incluídos
  • Laundry
  • Onboard Communications

Season 2019-2020

Price in double base per person
4 Nights
Cabins Promotional Low High
B 1.565 USD 1.960 USD 2.478 USD
A 2.122 USD 2.620 USD 3.177 USD
AA 2.228 USD 2.731 USD 3.337 USD
AAA 2.289 USD 2.814 USD 3.456 USD
AA SUPERIOR 2.680 USD 3.333 USD 4.067 USD
AAA SUPERIOR 2.850 USD 3.531 USD 4.274 USD
Departures: M/V Stella Australis & Ventus Australis
Patagonia Explorers
DEPARTURES Stella Australis 4 Nights USH-PUQ Ventus Australis 4 Nights USH-PUQ
SEPTEMBER 2019
25
OCTOBER 2019
3
11
19
27
15
23
31
NOVEMBER 2019
4
12
20
28
8
16
24
DICEMBER 2019
6
14
22
30
2
10
18
26
JANUARY 2020
7
15
23
31
3
11
19
27
FEBRUARY 2020
8
16
24
4
12
20
28
MARCH 2020
3
11
19
27
7
15
23
31
APRIL 2020
4
8

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Conditions

The passage contract: Buying a ticket implies entering into an agreement under the terms andconditions of Transportes Marítimos Terra Australis S.A. & Transportes MarítimosVia Australis S.A. (here and after "the companies") for passenger transportation

Reservations, deposits and payments: A deposit of US$ 200 per passenger is required to guarantee a tentative reservation. The final payment must be received by "the companies" 45 days before thedeparture of the cruise

Cancellation policy: The following penalities will apply in case of cancellation as soon as "thecompanies" receives written notice:

Notifications
Notice Penalty
Up to 120 Days before the departure US$ 0
From 119 to 60 Days before the departure US$ 300 (deposit)
From 59 to 50 Days before the departure 25% of sales value
From 49 to 40 Days before the departure 50% of sales value
From 39 to 30 Days before the departure 75% of sales value
From 29 to 0 Days before the departure 100% of sales value

Child policy:

  • Infants between 0 and 3 years old have a 100% discount, sharing the bedwith their parents
  • Children between 4 and 12 years old have a 50% discount, sharing a cabinwith an adult

Departures and rates: "The companies" reserve the right to modify the cruise rates and departuredates published in this brochure, without prior notice

Conditions of the cruise: Rates include accommodation, sea transportation, all meals, open bar when on duty(without additional cost for wines, beverages, and liquors), shore excursions, andon-board entertainment. Optional tours and transportation are not included in thecruise rate

Payment options: Mastercard, Visa, American Express, and Diners credit cards, travelers checks,US Dollars, Euros, Chilean Pesos, and wire transfer are accepted

Required costume: Trekking or hiking boots are required for all passengers.


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