Discover the fabled island of Tierra del Fuego and cruise the wild and beautiful Fuegian Archipelago on this adventurous six-night journey by land and sea across the bottom of Patagonia. The first tour of its kind, the expedition starts with a ferry crossing of the Strait of Magellan and a drive across the pampas to a king penguin colony near Porviner before crossing into Argentina. The following day starts with a gaucho estancia (ranch) experience before resuming the overland trip through sub-polar forests and snowcapped mountains. Reaching Ushuaia, you step aboard Australis Expedition Cruises and start a four-night cruise through the maze of islands below Tierra del Fuego. Scattered along the way are Cape Horn, Wulaia Bay, the Beagle Channel, and the fjords and glaciers of Alberto de Agostini National Park before another crossing the Strait of Magellan takes you back to Punta Arenas.
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.
Ventus Australis is the name announced for the new state-of-the-art ship being built for Australis Expedition cruise line.
The name – Latin for "Southern Wind" – reflects Tierra del Fuego's distinctive weather, a factor that has long determined the region's socio-cultural development and that so impressed the early mariners who endeavored to explore Patagonia's southernmost waterways.