Fjords of Tierra del Fuego cruise 4 nights PUQ-USHU

en Punta Arenas

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Fjords of Tierra del Fuego USHU-PUQ. 
Punta Arenas, Ushuaia and Punta Arenas cruises


Punta Arenas - Ushuaia - One Way Route
4 nights | M/V Stella Australis


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 M/V Stella Australis, 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. For more information about our Patagonia cruise tours,
contact us!




Day 1 : Punta Arenas
Day 2 : Ainsworth Bay - Tuckers Islets*
Day 3 : Pía Glacier - Glacier Alley**
Day 4 : Cape Horn - Wulaia Bay
Day 5 : Ushuaia


.In September and April, this excursion is replaced by a short walk to a nearby glacier at Brookes Bay.
.Not an excursion.


Day 1
Punta Arenas

Check in at 1385 O'higgins Street (Arturo Prat Port) between 13:00 and 17:00. Board at 18:00 (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.


Day 2
Ainsworth Bay & Tuckers Islets


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 Ainsworth Bay 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 -- when the penguins live elsewhere -- this excursion is replaced by a short walk to a glacier at nearby stunning Brookes Bay.


Day 3
Pia Glacier & Glacier Alley


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, Stella Australis tacks eastward and enters the Beagle Channel again. By morning we are entering Pia Fjord and boarding the Zodiacs for a shore excursion to Pia Glacier. 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.


Day 4
Wulaia Bay & Cape Horn


During the early morning 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. In the afternoon 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.


Day 5


The following morning we sail into Argentine waters and dock in Ushuaia, the world's southernmost city. Australis
is scheduled to arrive at 8:30 or 9:30 AM depending on the date of departure.


During the cruise members of the Stella Australis and Via Australis
expedition team will host interesting presentations on the wildlife, history
and geography of this legendary region. The presentations will take place
both on board (with audio-visual support) and on land.

.All inclusive.

  • Accomodation
  • Dafe-deposit Box
  • Foods and Drinks
  • Breakfast
  • Entrance fee to the National Park
  • Mountain guide
  • Tour Guide
  • LaunchBox

Argentine or Chilean minors


For Argentines and Chileans who are underage and are leaving their country without one of their parents, it is necessary to bring a notarized authorization from
the other parent stating that it's permissible for them to leave the country. Passengers from other nations may need to check similar permissions needed for their


NOTE: The excursions described in the itineraries can usually be carried out without any problems. Nevertheless, the shipowner holds the right to alter,
change or skip certain portions of the itinerary without prior notice, whether motivated by the passengers’ well-being and safety, by the appropriate
protection of the environment, or in case of any extraordinary event, unforeseeable circumstance or force majeure. For this reason, departures or
arrival may be subject to change. Furthermore, sighting of birds and other species cannot be guaranteed as their exact location is variable by nature


Entry Visas


Visa and/or passport requirements vary according each passenger's nationality. Before your trip, we recommend verifying the information with the Chilean and Argentine consulates in your country of residence or origin. Each person is responsible for bringing the necessary documents to enter Chile and Argentina. The required documents must be presented at check-in, otherwise you will NOT be able to embark on the cruise.


To enter Chilean territory, citizens of Albania, Australia* and Mexico who embark with Australis must pay a customs reciprocity fee prior to embarking. This is required for entering Chile and the document must be handed over to Australis at check-in time; otherwise you will be denied boarding.*

Australian citizens only need to pay if they are entering through the International Airport Arturo Merino Benitez at the city of Santiago.


To enter Argentine territory, citizens of Australia and Canada who are embarking with Australis must pay the reciprocity fee online, prior to embarking. This is required to enter Argentina and the document must be handed over to Australis at check-in time, otherwise you will be denied boarding.


The adress to pay the fee online is


Countries visited on our routes

.Every Australis itinerary includes shore landings in Chile and Argentina.


.Argentine or Chilean minors

For Argentines and Chileans who are underage and are leaving their country without one of their parents, it is necessary to bring a notarized authorization from
the other parent stating that it's permissible for them to leave the country. Passengers from other nations may need to check similar permissions needed for their children.


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