Patagonia Cruise Ushuaia-Punta Arenas & Torres del Paine
9 Days / 8 Nights
$0P/P Double Occupancy
Get a glimpse of Buenos Aires, and continue on to the Ushuaia Cruise to 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 ships designed to make your trip as pleasant and remarkable as possible through the Strait of Magellan and Beagle Channel. Our expedition cruises give you the chance to experience authentic adventure travel. Take a journey to Cape Horn and view the same incredible beauty that Charles Darwin enjoyed centuries ago or capture footage of marine life during your journey. End your trip visiting Torres del Paine Natl Park. The possibilities are endless. Experience wildlife and nature like you never have before with this Patagonian journey.
Day 01 Arrival Buenos Aires
Arrival, reception and private transfer with guide to your hotel Afternoon City Tour - Length: 4 hours You will discover the beauty and magic of Buenos Aires, the traditional tour of the city. Starting from Colon Theatre we can see the Obelisco, a national symbol then you will visit PLAZA DE MAYO: historical, political and foundational epicenter. In this particular square we can underline the Metropolitan Cathedral, Government House, the Cabildo and the Municipality. This journey continues southwards, walking along old-stoned streets, ornamented with a hundred-year-old streetlamps and houses. The next step is SAN TELMO neighborhood, closely associated with Tango. Following the same direction we arrive to La Boca neighborhood. There we find Boca Juniors Football Stadium, which is the maximum example of Argentina's Passion: Football. In this neighborhood we can find the conventillos which are colorful buildings with sheet roofs. These were the places where years ago Italian immigrants choose to live, but nowadays the conventillos are the houses where poor people live. We will visit CAMINITO: the most tourist place of the area. Bordering the Riachuelo, our tour continues northwards, visiting the old port we can notice how the physiognomy of the city changes. We can see recycled dikes in the front part of PUERTO MADERO. In the area of Retiro / San MartiĀn Square, we connect with Libertador Ave. and we enter the north of Buenos Aires City. We will visit Palermo, which is a residential neighborhood with parks and elegant buildings. We can see San Martiniano Institute, embassies, museums and significant monuments. Lastly we arrive to the region known as Bosques (Woods), among the most important places we will visit El Rosedal, Carta Magna y las Cuatro Regiones de Argentina Monument and the Zoo. In the imposing Libertador Ave. we finally arrive to the sophisticated RECOLETA, one of the most exclusive neighborhoods, where, among other attractions, we can find the famous Cemetery and elegant cafe's and restaurants. This is the end of the journey and the beginning of your romance with Buenos Aires
Day 02 Buenos Aires-Ushuaia (B)
Private transfer from hotel to domestic airport with guide assistance. Flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia (not included). Arrival to Ushuaia and regular transfer to Mil 810 Boutique Hotel Free afternoon 1 night accommodation, double standard room with breakfast
Day 03 Cruise Embarkation Cruceros Australis (B, D)
Private transfer to Ushuaia Port to take Australis Cruise (Ushuaia - Punta Arenas 4 days/3 nights cruise). Cruceros Australis will take you on an amazing journey to the uttermost end of the earthĀ¯. On the Ushuaia- Punta Arenas route, you will enjoy the splendor and beauty of unique natural scenery and wildlife. Check in 409 San Martin St. Board cruise ship at 5:30 pm.(cruise schedule is subject to change) After a welcome cocktail reception offered by the Captain and his crew the ship will depart for the uttermost part of the earth. Our trip takes us through the Strait of Magellan and Beagle Channel to explore one of the most breathtaking wilderness regions in the world: Southern Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego
Day 04 Cape Horn - Wulaia Bay (B, L, D)
We will be sailing through Murray Channel and Nassau Bay to reach Cape Horn National Park, where disembarking is scheduled (weather permitting). The mythical Cape Horn was discovered in 1616 and it is a sheer 425-meter (1,394-foot) high rocky promontory. For many years it was an important navigation route for sailboats between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, and it is known as the End of the EarthĀ¯. The park was declared a World Biosphere Reserve in 2005. In the afternoon, we will go ashore at historical Wulaia Bay, originally the site of one of the region's largest Yamana aboriginal settlement. Charles Darwin landed there in 1833, during his voyage on the HMS Beagle. This area is also renowned for the mesmerizing beauty of its vegetation and geography. We will walk through a Magellan forest of lengas, coigues, canelos, ferns, and other endemic vegetation to reach a panoramic viewpoint.
Day 05 Agostini Sound - Aguila Glacier (B, L, D)
We will be sailing through Brecknock, Ocasion, Cockburn, and Magdalena Channels to enter the spectacular De Agostini Sound, in the heart of Darwin Mountain Range. In this area we can see glaciers descending the mountainside all the way down to the sea. In the afternoon, onboard Zodiac boats, we will route to Aguila Glacier where we will take an easy walk all the way the base of the glacier. We will experience the beauty of Patagonia's cold rainforest and see how the power of nature molded the area's landscape
Day 06 Magdalena Island - Punta Arenas/Pto Natales (B)
Early in the morning (and weather permitting) we will go ashore on Magdalena Island, located in the middle of the Strait of Magellan. The island used to be an essential source of supplies for navigators and explorers and is inhabited by an immense colony of Magellan Penguins that we will be able to see during our walk to the lighthouse. In September and April this excursion is replaced by a ride on Zodiac boat to Marta Island to observe South American Sea Lions. Finally, disembarking at Punta Arenas, Chile is scheduled at 11:30 am. Meeting and greeting at Cruise pier Private Transfer pier / Puerto Natales No guide 01 Night accommodation at Costaustralis Hotel NOTE: The excursions described in the itineraries can normally be carried out. Notwithstanding the above, Transportes Maritimos Terra Australis S.A., Transportes Maritimos Via Australis S.A., and Transportes Maritimos Geo Australis S.A reserve the right to reschedule, shorten, or alter all or part of the itineraries and/or excursions without previous notice, in order to safeguard the well-being and safety of passengers, preserve the environment, or due to any extraordinary circumstances, acts of god or force major. For the same reasons, the hours of departure or arrival of the vessels may be subject to change
Day 07 Puerto Natales/Torres del Paine Natl Park (B, BB)
The excursion begins visiting the Milodon Cave Natural Monument located on the Benitez Hill, 25 Km away from Puerto Natales. In this place during the 19th century the remains of an herbivorous prehistoric animal were found. This animal became extinct in the end of the Pleistocene. As well as the huge historical and scientific mean, the Milodon Cave has an important tourist attractive in the beautiful landscape surrounding the cave and the location just 88 kilometers south of the Torres del Paine National Park, making this a must for tourists traveling to or from the park. It is necessary a half-an-hour walk to get into the cave. Here you will observe the stalactites, places where the remains were found and a replica of Milodon. Afterward a technical stop is held in the village of Cerro Castillo; where there are possibilities to purchase some products, enjoy the coffee service or just a break to testify the beauty of the surroundings. Continuing the trip toward Torres del Paine National Park, visitors will be able to enjoy the most diverse landscapes, such as, the Magellan deciduous forest and the vast Patagonian steppe dominated by wind and aridity. On the way it is possible to see Patagonian guanaco, South American camel, and the endemic Nandu, relative of the African Ostrich. Once we get to the 242.000-hectare park, with dozen lakes populated by marine birds, turquoise lakes, waterfalls and mountains covered by ice are the predominant landscape inside the park. A 15-minute walk is necessary toward the Waterfall (Salto Grande), which is communicating two big lakes inside the park, Nordenskjold and Pehoe Lakes. The next overnight will be at any of the hotel placed inside the park. Accommodation in double room with buffet breakfast
Day 08 Torres del Paine/Grey Glacier (B)
This day you will have a full day touring and discovering the other side of the National Park, with amazing panoramic views of the towers. You will enjoy a delicious Picnic lunch to recover energy and also drink a hot beverage. Afterwards we will drive you toward the Grey area, where you will do your check-in (1 hour before boat departure). To get to the pier it is necessary to cross a suspension bridge and the forest. Once at the pier you will aboard a zodiac boat to approach to the Catamaran, and after one-hour sailing through the icebergs and when you are immersed in the milky waters of the lake you will get the front of this giant of ice, the Grey Glacier, which is one of the largest in the area and it is also a portion of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field which is one of the largest water reserves in the world. For approximately one hour you will be facing the glacier, with its deep blue color and its crevasses. The return trip is done through the same way. Drive back to your hotel. Accommodation in double room with buffet breakfast
Day 09 Torres del Paine/Punta Arenas departure (B)
Buffet breakfast Early departure from Torres del Paine to Punta Arenas Airport (6 hours length) Flight Punta Arenas-Santiago is not included. Additional night in Santiago might be needed depending on intl flight schedule.