Patagonian Explorer cruise 4 nights USHU-PUQ

en Punta Arenas

Availability: Todo el Año

Patagonian Explorer cruise- USHU-PUQ. 
Punta Arenas, Ushuaia and Punta Arenas cruises


Ushuaia - Punta Arenas
4 nights | M/V Ventus Australis


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
Day 2 : Cape Horn - Wulaia Bay
Day 3 : Pía Glacier - Garibaldi Glacier
Day 4 : Agostini Sound – Águila Glacier – Cóndor Glacier
Day 5 : Magdalena Island* - Punta Arenas

.In September and April, this excursion is replaced by a ride aboard Zodiacs to Marta Island


Day 1


Check in at the Australis travel center at Juan Manuel de Rosas 160 Street in downtown Ushuaia between 10:00 and 17:00 (10 AM-5 PM) on the day of your cruise departure. Board the M/V Ventus Australis at 18:00 (6:00PM).
After a welcoming toast and introduction of captain and crew, the ship departs for one of the most remote
corners of planet Earth. During the night we traverse the Beagle Channel and cross from Argentine into Chilean territorial waters. The lights of Ushuaia disappear as we turn into the narrow Murray Channel between Navarino and Hoste islands.


Day 2
Cape Horn & Wulaia Bay


By early morning, Ventus Australis is cruising 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. Sailing back across Nassau Bay, we anchor at fabled 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.


Day 3
Pia Glacier and Garibaldi Glacier


Casting off from Wulaia Bay, we retrace our route to the Beagle Channel and sail westward along the southern edge of Tierra del Fuego into a section of Alberto de Agostini National Park called Glacier Alley or Avenue of the Glaciers. Flowing down from the Darwin Mountains and Darwin Ice Sheet are a number of impressive tidewater glaciers, most of them named after European countries -- Holland, Italy, Germany, Spain and France. In amongst this frozen league of nations we enter the narrow Pia Fjord and board the Zodiacs for a shore excursion to Pia Glacier. No one knows for certain how the hulking glacier got its feminine moniker, but one theory says it was
named for princess Maria Pia of Savoy (1847-1911), daughter of the Italian king. 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. Making our way further west along the Beagle Channel, we enter another long fjord and drop anchor near  Garibaldi Glacier for another shore excursion. Garibaldi is one of only three glaciers in Patagonia gaining mass rather than staying the same or slowly shrinking. This time we hike through virgin Magellanic forest to a glacial waterfall, a towering wall of ferns and moss, and spectacular viewpoints looking down on the glacier and fjord. The walk is demanding -- very steep, negligible trail, rough footing -- and not for everyone. For those who choose to stay onboard, our captain will point the bow towards the beautiful sky blue Garibaldi Glacier so everyone can enjoy the panoramic view from the upper decks.


Day 4
Magdalena Island & Punta Arenas


Early in the morning, we will sail through the Cockburn Channel and enter Agostini Sound. From there it is
possible to see the glaciers that descend from the middle of the Darwin Mountain Range -- some of them
reaching the water. This morning, we will disembark and go for an easy walk around a lagoon, which was formed by the melting of the Águila Glacier. We will reach a spot right in front of that glacier with stunning views. In the afternoon, we will approach the Condor Glacier via Zodiac -- and hopefully see some of the abundant Andean Condors in the area


Day 5
Magdalena Island & Punta Arenas


After an overnight cruise that takes us back into the Strait of Magellan, we anchor off Magdalena Island, which lies about halfway between Tierra del Fuego and the hilean mainland. Crowned by a distinctive lighthouse, the island used to be an essential source of supplies for navigators and explorers and is inhabited by an immense colony of Magellanic penguins. At the break of dawn, weather permitting, we go ashore and hike a path that leads through thousands of penguins to a small museum lodged inside the vintage 1902 lighthouse. Many other bird species are also found on the island. 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 sail south along the strait, disembarkation at Punta Arenas is scheduled for around 11:30 AM.


.Camera extension poles are prohibited on Magdalena Island.


During the cruise members of the Stella Australis expedition group 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
  • Heathing
  • Foods and Drinks
  • Breakfast
  • 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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