Punta Arenas – Ushuaia (4 nights)
Stella Australis | Via Australis
Stella Australis | Via Australis
Exploring the Ushuaia Route on your Chile travel allows you to enjoy the stunning, natural beauty of Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego. Our comfortable ship combined with expert crews and guides will provide you with the best Patagonia tours to make sure your four-day trip is extraordinary. This trip is highlighted by spending a day touring the Pia Glacier and Glacier Alley. You also don’t want to miss having an opportunity to tour the Cape Horn National Park during the cruise. Our Chile & Argentina vacation.
Day 1: Punta Arenas
Check in at 990 Magallanes Street between 13:00 and 17:00. Board the M/V Via Australis or M/V Stella Australis cruise ship at 18:00. After a welcoming cocktail reception hosted by the Captain and his crew, the ship will depart for one of the remotest parts of the planet. Our trip will take us through the Strait of Magellan and Beagle Channel to explore one of the most breathtaking wilderness regions in the world: Southern Patagonia, which includes the Tierra del Fuego archipelago.
Day 2: Ainsworth Bay & Tuckers Islets
At dawn, we will navigate our way through Almirantazgo Sound, arriving at Ainsworth Bay which is sited within Alberto De Agostini National Park. It’s the perfect spot from which to see the Marinelli Glacier descending from Darwin Mountain Range in the distance; and to appreciate how the land returns to life after glacial retreat. We will also take a walk to a beaver dam in the stunning sub-polar Magellan Forest. Whether on the beach or the island, there’s a good chance of sighting Southern Elephant Seals. But do bear in mind the fact that sightings cannot be guaranteed due to the colony’s unpredictable movements.
Later, we will be sailing to Tuckers Islets, and after lunch, we will board well-equipped Zodiac boats to get close to a colony of Magellan Penguins (indigenous to the Southern Hemisphere) and cormorants. In September and April, this excursion is replaced by a short walk to a nearby glacier at Brookes Bay.
Day 3: Pia Glacier
We will navigate along the northwest arm of the Beagle Channel before disembarking at Pia Fjord. From there, we’ll take a short hike to a panoramic viewpoint from where we can enjoy spectacular views of the awe-inspiring Pia Glacier whose main tongue extends from the mountaintops down to the sea. After this memorable experience, we will continue our voyage along the Beagle Channel through the majestic Glacier Alley.
Day 4: Cape Horn & Wulaia Bay
We will be sailing through Murray Channel and Nassau Bay to reach Cape Horn National Park, where, weather permitting, we shall go ashore. The legendary Cape Horn was discovered in 1616 and is a sheer 425-meter (1,394-foot) high rocky promontory. For many years it was an important navigation route between the Pacific and the Atlantic, and is referred to as the ‘End of the Earth’. The park was declared a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO 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 settlements. 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 take an enchanted walk through the Magellan Forest of lengas, coigües, canelos, ferns, and other endemic vegetation, to reach a panoramic viewpoint.
In Via Australis, for 2014 - 2015 season, the excursion to Wulaia Bay will be in the morning and to Cape Horn in the afternoon.
Day 5: Ushuaia
Acknowledged as the southernmost city in the world, Ushuaia was founded in 1884 and was one of the original points of encounter between the Yamana and Anglican cultures. Its name derives from the Yamana word for ‘penetrating bay’ and it’s surrounded by the last high peaks of the Andes. Today, it is one of the largest cities on Tierra del Fuego Island, with around 65,000 inhabitants. The perfect opportunity to enjoy the city and its spectacular scenery.
Stella Australis at 08:00 and Via Australis at 09:30.
NOTE: The excursions described in the itineraries can normally be carried out. Notwithstanding the above, Transportes Marítimos Terra Australis S.A., Transportes Marítimos Via Australis S.A., and Transportes Marítimos 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 majeure. For the same reasons, the hours of departure or arrival of the vessels may be subject to change.
2014 - 2015
• "The companies" reserve the right to modify the cruise rates and departure dates published, without prior notice. Optional tours and transportation are not included in the cruise rate.
• Rates include accommodation, sea transportation, all meals, open bar when on duty (without additional cost for wines, beverages, and liquors), shore excursions, and on board entertainment.
The above rates are from rates, and only for a limited cabin stock per departure.
• Children Policy Infants between 0 and 3 years old have a 100% discount, sharing the bed with their parents. Children between 4 and 12 years old have a 50% discount, sharing a cabin with an adult.
• Rate does not include port tax, migration fee, and national park fee.The cost per person is the following: - Punta Arenas - Ushuaia route: US$30.- (dollars) - Ushuaia - Punta Arenas route: US$30.- (dollars) The cost may be modified by the port authorities of each country.
• Single rate in A, AA, AAA, AA Sup or AAA Sup will be 150% of the category rate. Single rate does not apply to Category B. Cabins AA Superior and AAA Superior are only available in M/V Australis.
During the cruise there will be interesting presentations on the wildlife, history and geography of this legendary region given by the Stella Australis and Via Australis Expedition Group. The presentation will take place both on board (with audio-visual support) and on land.
It is the first lecture that is given to passengers and its objective is to present the region and Patagonia to the world, showing where we are and where we will be going day-to-day on our cruise, places we will visit, climate, suggested clothes for excursions, possible sightings etc…
Glaciology in Patagonia
From the landscape´s perspective we talk about “Glaciology in Patagonia” as a way to explain the natural process that shaped the Planet´s Landscape, Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego, we explain the glaciers´ origin, forms, colors and the former/current conditions, giving an important message regarding care for the environment and the planet.
Discovering Tierra del Fuego
Discovering Tierra del Fuego This lecture gives an interesting vision regarding the sailors who explored this territory, their adventures and encounters with the southernmost natives of the world. The British Phillip Parker King, Pringle Stokes, Charles Darwin, Francis Drake, the Dutch Wilhem Schouten and Jacob LeMaire, the French Bouganville, the Spaniards Ferdinand Magellan, Pedro Sarmiento de Gamboa, the Nodal brothers and their encounters with the local Patagones (Aonikenk), Onas (Selknams), Yamanas (Yaghans), Alacalufes (Kaweskars) and Haush (Manekenk)
Cape Horn information in advance
This talk explains the next day’s landing activity in the mythical Cape Horn, which also shows photos of the landing site and discusses the possible weather conditions. Some safety instructions are given to provide maximum enjoyment of the expedition. It also mentions the Monument to the Albatross, the Chapel, the lighthouse, the history of the Caphorniers, navigation around the Horn, and its importance today.
Wulaia Bay Information in advance
This talk explains the landing in the bay along with the group options for walking to the hill, describing its degree of difficulty, or the walk along the beach. Pictures of the place are shown and the historical importance of this bay from the anthropological and historical point of view (Yaganes, Darwin, Fitz Roy, Jemmy Button) is spoken about.
This is the first talk explaining how the ship works, and is accompanied by a review of the national parks that are visited along with the environmental protection policy of Australis.
Visit to Engine Room
A tour is carried out of the engine room with the guides who lead groups and the engineers on shift.
Visit to the Bridge Command
Tour led by guides and the pilot on shift showing the command bridge, the chart table, and the ship’s safety devices.
NOTE: The presentations described in the itineraries can normally be, and are frequently, carried out. Without prejudice to the aforesaid,Transportes Marítimos Terra Australis S.A.,Transportes Marítimos Via Australis S.A. and Transportes Marítimos Geo Australis S.A. reserve the right to reschedule shorten or alter all or part of itineraries and/or excursions without previous notice.
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