Expeditionary Cruising | Argentina to Chile

Australis

Around the Tip of South America

Explore the Tip of South America

Australis will take you on an amazing journey to the “uttermost end of the earth”.  On the Ushuaia – Punta Arenas route, you will enjoy the splendor and beauty of unique natural scenery and wildlife. You will travel on one of the     industry’s most comfortable Patagonia cruises designed to make your trip as pleasant and remarkable as possible through the Strait of Magellan and Beagle Channel. As you embark on your travels through one of the world’s most historical and revered routes, you get the chance to experience thrilling expeditions and adventures you will not find anywhere else.

 

You will love

  • Follow legendary maritime routes through the Strait of Magellan
  • Navigate the Beagle Channel, visit Cape Horn or Tierra del Fuego
  • Expertly guided activities
  • Spectacular scenery and untouched wilderness
  • Wildlife, glaciers and incredible sub-polar Magellanic Forest

5 UNFORGETTABLE DAYS

DAY 1 | USHUAIA (ARGENTINA)

Check in and early this evening board the Australis cruise. Enjoy a welcome toast, introduction of captain and crew, and during the night traverse the Beagle Channel and cross from Argentina into Chilean territorial waters.

DAY 2 | CAPE HORN - WULAIA BAY

Cross Nassau Bay and enter the remote archipelago that comprises Cape Horn National Park. Weather and sea conditions permitting, go ashore on the windswept island. Sail back across Nassau Bay and anchor at fabled Wulaia Bay.

DAY 3 | PIA GLACIER - GARIBALDI GLACIER

Overnight continue 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. Arrive to Pia Fjord and board the Zodiacs for a shore excursion to Pia Glacier. Take a hike for a panoramic view of the glacier before continuing drop anchor near Garibaldi Glacier for another shore excursion.

DAY 4 | AGOSTINI SOUND - AGUILA GLACIER - CONDOR GLACIER

Sail through the Cockburn Channel and enter Agostini Sound. See the glaciers that descend from the middle of the Darwin Mountain Range - some of them reaching the water. Disembark and go for an easy walk around a lagoon, which was formed by the melting of the Águila Glacier. In the afternoon, approach the Condor Glacier via Zodiac - and hopefully see some of the abundant Andean Condors in the area.

DAY 5 | MAGDALENA ISLAND - PUNTA ARENAS (CHILE)

After an overnight cruise through Magdalena Channel and back into the Strait of Magellan, anchor off Magdalena Island, which lies about halfway between Tierra del Fuego and the Chilean mainland. At the break of dawn, weather permitting, go ashore and hike a path that leads through thousands of penguins to a small museum lodged inside the vintage 1902 lighthouse. In September and April - when the penguins dwell elsewhere - this excursion is replaced by a ride aboard Zodiacs to Marta Island to observe South American sea lions. After a short cruise south along the strait, disembarkation at Punta Arenas is scheduled for around 11:30 AM.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

START:     Ushuaia, Argentina     |     Finish: Punta Arenas, Chile

  • Australis voyages operate between September and April
  • Choose from different 8 sailing itineraries
  • Voyages range from 3-7 nights in duration
  • Start/end in Ushuaia and Punta Arenas
  • One way or round trip options

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