FJORDS OF TIERRA DEL FUEGO
Punta Arenas – Ushuaia (4 nights)
Via | Stella Australis Cruise
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This scenic maritime route through the fjords of the southern edge of Tierra del Fuego and highlights the stunning, natural beauty of Patagonia and several of its most important historical sites. Whether you are sailing aboard M/V Stella Australis or M/V Via 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 excursions, contact us!

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Day 1: Punta Arenas

Check in at 1385 O’Higgins Street (Arturo Prat Port) in Punta Arenas between 13:00 and 17:00 (1-5 PM) on the day of your cruise departure. Board the M/V Stella Australis or M/V Via Australis at 18:00 (6 PM). After a welcoming cocktail reception hosted by the captain and his 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

ainsworth

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

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: Ushuaia

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

 

Stella Australis: arrival at 08:30 a.m. and 9:30 am according to date of departure.

Via Australis: arrival at 09:30 a.m.

 

 

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 prior notice, in order to safeguard the wellbeing 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. There is no guarantee of wildlife sighting because the precise location of these animals cannot be confirmed.

 

 

  • 2015 - 2016
  • 2016 - 2017
Tarifas Ruta Punta Arenas - Ushuaia | 4 noches
(Rates per person in US$)
Cabin
Promotional
Low
High
B
1.440
1.800
2.298
A
1.932
2.410
2.957
AA
2.028
2.526
3.097
AAA
2.124
2.644
3.246
AA Superior
2.555
3.183
3.867
AAA Superior
2.675
3.331
4.054
Departures Stella Australis
September 2015
26
October 2015
31*
24
17*
10
3*
November 2015
28*
21
14*
7
December 2015
26*
19
12*
5
January 2016
30
23*
16
9*
2
February 2016
27
20*
13
6*
March 2016
26
19*
12
5*
April 2016
2*
Departures Via Australis
September 2015
28
October 2015
26
12
November 2015
23
9
December 2015
21
7
January 2016
4
February 2016
15
1
March 2016
14

• "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.

• * Normal hours of arrival in Ushuaia is at 8:30 a.m. Dates marked with * disembark at 9:30 a.m.

• Special Departures:  The Route of Charles Darwin  -   Whale Watching Departures.

• 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). The cost may be modified by the port authorities of each country.

• Single rates will apply in all types of cabins and the rate will be the 150% of the category rate. Cabins AA Superior and AAA Superior are only available in M/V Stella Australis.

Tarifas Ruta Punta Arenas - Ushuaia | 4 noches
(Rates per person in US$)
Cabin
Promotional
Low
High
B
1.440
1.800
2.298
A
1.932
2.410
2.957
AA
2.028
2.526
3.097
AAA
2.124
2.644
3.246
AA Superior
2.555
3.183
3.867
AAA Superior
2.675
3.331
4.054
Departures Stella Australis
September 2016
24
October 2016
29
22*
15
8*
1
November 2016
26
19*
12
5*
December 2016
31*
24
17*
10
3*
January 2017
28*
21
14*
7
February 2017
25*
18
11*
4
March 2017
25*
18
11*
4
April 2017
1
Departures Via Australis
September 2016
October 2016
31
17
3
November 2016
28
14
December 2016
26
12
January 2017
9
February 2017
6
March 2017
20
6
April 2017

• "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.

• * Normal hours of arrival in Ushuaia is at 8:30 a.m. Dates marked with * disembark at 9:30 a.m.

• Special Departures:  The Route of Charles Darwin  -   Whale Watching Departures.

• 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$40.- (dollars).  The cost may be modified by the port authorities of each country.

• Single rates will apply in all types of cabins and the rate will be the 150% of the category rate. Cabins AA Superior and AAA Superior are only available in M/V Stella Australis.

During the cruise members of the Via Australis and Stella Australis expedition teams 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.

Navigation Route

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

Glaciology in Patagonia

More than any other earth force, glaciation shaped the spectacular landscapes of Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego. This lecture and slideshow details the natural process that created the glaciers, ice fields, moraines and U-shaped valleys that we observe from the ship and during shore excursions. While explaining glacier origin, forms, colors and former/current conditions, the presentation also delivers an important message about caring for the environment and our planet.

 

Discovering Tierra del Fuego

Tierra del Fuego

Presentation on the famous navigators and naturalists who explored Tierra Del Fuego between the 16th and 19th centuries, and in doing so came across a number of different indigenous groups. The presentation examines how the British visitors Phillip Parker King, Pringle Stokes, Charles Darwin, and Sir Francis Drake, the Dutchmen Wilhem Schouten and Jacob LeMaire, the French explorer Bouganville, and the Spaniards Ferdinand Magellan, Pedro Sarmiento de Gamboa and the Nodal brothers, interacted with the Patagones (Aónikenk), Ona (Selk'nam), Yámana (Yaghan), Alacalufes (Kawéskar) and Haush (Manekenk).

Cape Horn information in advance

Cape Horn

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

Wulaia Bay

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.

Life onboard

Life onboard

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

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

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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FJORDS OF TIERRA DEL FUEGO

Punta Arenas – Ushuaia

One Way | 4 nights

Via | Stella Australis Cruise

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Itineraries

Day 1: Punta Arenas.

Day 2: Ainsworth Bay - Tuckers Islets.

Day 3: Pia Glacier - Glacier Alley.

Day 4: Wulaia Bay - Cape Horn.

Day 5: Ushuaia.