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Cape Horn Expedition Cruise, In the Wake of Explorers & Sailors 

All-inclusive expedition cruise to Patagonia, Tierra del Fuego and Cape Horn. Cruise aboard the world-class M/V Stella Australis and the upcoming Ventus Australis cruises.

3 and 4-night cruises from Punta Arenas, Chile or Ushuaia, Argentina. Check out the updated tracks, departure dates and rates for the 2017/2018 season 

Exclusive 5% discount in all cabin rates, if your book through Far South Exp.



M/V Stella Australis © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Exp

 

Book this trip,reserve space now!The Straits of Magellan, Beagle Channel and Cape Horn are important and highly significant geographic and historical landmarks in the southern tip of the South American continent. Snow-capped mountains, huge glaciers and magnificent forests, all add to the peculiar beauty of this landscape of peaks, trees, fjords and remote islands sculpted by the strong westerly winds and the Pacific Ocean.

 


Cape Horn, Chile © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Exp


During this journey we will sail through a significant part of the Straits of Magellan, learning about the fascinating history of the indigenous people and the explorers of the Fuegian fjords and channels, and following in the footsteps of Darwin aboard the HMS Beagle in the 1830s. We‘ll explore the cultural remnants of the world’s southernmost people, the Yamana, and learn how they survived and adapted to this extreme geography and climate. We’ll see active breeding colonies of penguins and sea lions, and enjoy the elegant flight of the majestic albatross. Finally, we shall reach the southernmost part of our journey at the mythical and feared Cape Horn. 

 


Pia Glacier, southern Tierra del Fuego © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Exp


Sail with us in the wake of Cook, Darwin, Fitzroy and many other explorers.

 

OVERVIEW

Overview

 

Itinerary in Brief

 


Penguin watching at Tucker Islets, Tierra del Fuego © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Exp

 

Option A: Discover Patagonia (3 nights) 

Ushuaia, Argentina – Punta Arenas, Chile | 3-night cruise aboard M/V Stella Australis

 

Day 1 • Ushuaia

Day 2 • Cape Horn – Wulaia Bay

Day 3 • De Agostini Sound – Aguila Glacier

Day 4 • Magdalena Island (*) – Punta Arenas

(*) In September and April this excursion is replaced by Marta Island 

 

Option B: Fjords of Tierra del Fuego (4 nights) 

Punta Arenas, Chile – Ushuaia, Argentina | 4-night cruise aboard M/V Stella Australis or M/V Ventus Australis

 

Day 1 • Punta Arenas 

Day 2 : Ainsworth Bay – Tuckers Islets (*) 

Day 3 • Pía Glacier – Glacier Alley (**) 

Day 4 • Cape Horn – Wulaia Bay 

Day 5 • Ushuaia 

(*) In September and April, this excursion is replaced by a short walk to a nearby glacier at Brookes Bay.

(**) Not an excusion; ship-based sightseeing excursion

 

Option C: Patagonian Explorer (4 nights)

Ushuaia, Argentina – Punta Arenas, Chile | 4-night cruise aboard M/V Ventus Australis (Available from January 2018)

 

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

 

Trip Highlights

• Sailing the most unknown and undisturbed southern archipelago.

• The unique privilege of sailing around Cape Horn, the world's most feared headland.

• Fascinating marine mammals including sea lions, fur seals, dolphins and whales.

• The most southerly outposts of sub-Antarctic beech forest.

• Spectacular local birds, which will include Andean Condor, Black-browed Albatross, Kelp Goose, Flightless Steamer Duck and Striated Caracara.

• Spectacular scenery including actively calving glaciers, fjords, channels and the pristine temperate Nothofagus forests of Southern Chile.

• Program suitable for the solo naturalist, birder or nature photographer.

 

OPTION A

Detailed Itinerary and Activities

 

Option A: Discover Patagonia (3 nights) 

Starts at Ushuaia, ArgentinaEnds at Punta Arenas, Chile | 3-night cruise aboard M/V Stella Australis.


Day 1 • Departure from Ushuaia, Argentina

Check in at 160 Juan Manuel de Rosas 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 Stella Australis at 17:30 (5:30 PM). 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 Argentina into Chilean territorial waters. The lights of Ushuaia disappear as we turn into the narrow Murray Channel between Navarino and Hoste islands.

Overnight at M/V Stella Australis (Dinner).

 

Day 2 • Cape Horn (am) – Wulaia Bay (pm)

Around the break of dawn, Stella Australis crosses Nassau Bay and enters the remote archipelago that comprises 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 (currently awaiting repair after being damaged by fierce winds). 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 Fitz Roy in the 1830s during their voyages on 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 wooded mountain behind the bay. On all of these you stroll through an enchanted Magellanic forest of lengas, coigües, canelos and ferns to reach panoramic viewpoints overlooking the bay.

Overnight at M/V Stella Australis (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)(Guides).

 

Day 3 • De Agostini SoundAguila Glacier

After nightfall we reenter the Beagle Channel and sail westward along the southern edge of Tierra del Fuego into a watery wonderland protected within the confines of Alberto de Agostini National Park. Rounding the Brecknock Peninsula as the western extreme of Tierra del Fuego, Stella Australis is briefly exposed to the open Pacific. We then navigate a zigzag route through the Cockburn Channel, Magdalena Channel and Keats Fjord to reach scenic De Agostini Sound. Named after an Italian Salesian priest who worked among the region's indigenous people during the first half of the 20th century, De Agostini Sound is flanked by numerous glaciers and sheer saw-toothed peaks reminiscent of Torres del Paine. Our shore excursion this morning is Águila ("Eagle") Glacier, which hovers above a placid glacial lagoon surrounded by primeval forest. After a Zodiac landing on the beach, passengers hike around the edge of the lagoon to a spot near the base of the frozen facade. Condors can sometimes be seen winging high above, but there is always abundant bird life around the lagoon. This landing provides the perfect opportunity to experience the beauty of Patagonia’s sub-Antarctic rainforest and to see how the power of nature has molded the spectacular landscape.

Overnight at M/V Stella Australis (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)(Guides).

 

Day 4 • Magdalena Island (*)  Arrival to Punta Arenas, Chile

After an overnight cruise through Magdalena Channel and back into the Strait of Magellan, we anchor off Magdalena Island, which lies about halfway between Tierra del Fuego and the Chilean 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 cruise south along the strait, disembarkation at Punta Arenas is scheduled for around 11:30 AM. (Breakfast)

(*) In September and April this excursion is replaced with Marta Island. | Camera extension poles are prohibited on Magdalena Island.

 

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.

 

OPTION B

Detailed Itinerary and Activities

 

Option B: Fjords of Tierra del Fuego (4 nights)

Starts at Punta Arenas, Chile – Ends at Ushuaia, Argentina | 4-night cruise aboard M/V Stella Australis or M/V Ventus Australis.


Day 1 • Departure from Punta Arenas, Chile

Check in at 1385 O'higgins Street (Arturo Prat Port) between 13:00 and 17:00. Board at 18:00 (6 PM). After a welcoming toast and introduction of captain and 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.

Overnight at M/V Stella Australis or M/V Ventus Australis (Dinner).

 

Day 2 • Ainsworth Bay (am)Tucker Islets (*) (pm)

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.

Overnight at M/V Stella Australis or M/V Ventus Australis (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)(Guides).

 

Day 3 • Pia Glacier (am)Glacier Alley – Beagle Channel (**) (pm)

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.

Overnight at M/V Stella Australis or M/V Ventus Australis (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)(Guides).

 

Day 4 • Cape Horn (am)Wulaia Bay (pm)

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.

Overnight at M/V Stella Australis or M/V Ventus Australis (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)(Guides).

 

Day 5 • Arrival to Ushuaia, Argentina

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

 

* In September and April this excursion is replaced with Brookes Glacier

** Not an excusion; ship-based sightseeing excursion

 

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.

 

OPTION C

Detailed Itinerary and Activities

 

Option C: Patagonian Explorer (4 nights)

Starts at Ushuaia, ArgentinaEnds at Punta Arenas, Chile | 4-night cruise aboard M/V Ventus Australis.

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Day 1 • Ushuaia, Argentina

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.

Overnight at M/V Ventus Australis (Dinner).

 

Day 2 • Cape HornWulaia 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 Bios- phere 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.

Overnight at M/V Ventus Australis (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)(Guides).

 

Day 3 • Pia GlacierGaribaldi 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 hort 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 nearGaribaldi 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. 

Overnight at M/V Ventus Australis (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)(Guides).


Day 4 • Piloto and Nena GlaciersDe Agostini SoundAguila Glacier

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 Aguila 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.

Overnight at M/V Ventus Australis (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)(Guides).


Day 5 • Magdalena Island*Punta Arenas, Chile

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 Chilean 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. (Breakfast)

 

(*) In September and April this excursion is replaced with Marta Island. 

 

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.

 

DATES & RATES

Dates & Rates

 

Scheduled Departures:

 

Option A: Discover Patagonia (3 nights) 

Ushuaia, Argentina - Punta Arenas, Chile

Aboard M/V Stella Australis • Departures every Wednesday

Boarding time: 5.30pm | Disembarking time: 11:30am

October 2017  04 11 18 25
November 01 08 15 22 29
December 06 13 20 27
January 2018 03 10 17 24 31
February 07 14 21 28
March 07 14 21 28
April 04

 

Option B: Fjords of Tierra del Fuego (4 nights)

 Punta Arenas, Chile - Ushuaia, Argentina

Aboard M/V Stella Australis • Departures every Saturday

Boarding time: 6pm | Disembarking time: 8.30am 

September 2017      
30
October 07 14 21 28
November 04 11 18 25
December 02 09 16 23 30
January 2018  06 13 20 27
February 03 10 17 24
March 03 10 17 24 31

Aboard M/V Ventus Australis • Departures every Saturday

Boarding time: 6pm | Disembarking time: 8.30am

January 2018 02 10 18 26
February 04 12 20 28
March 8 16 25

 

Option C: Patagonian Explorer (4 days)

Ushuaia, Argentina - Punta Arenas, Chile

Aboard M/V Ventus Australis

Boarding time: 5.30pm | Disembarking time: 11.30am

January 2018 06 14
22 30
February 08 16 24
March 04 12 20 29

 

Rates Season 2017/2018 

Exclusive 5% discount in all cabin rates, if your book through Far South Exp. 


3-night cruise (Rates per person in USD) 
Cabin Type Promotional Low Season High Season
B $1,189 $1,486 $1,895
A $1,595
$1,988
$2,440
AA $1,674
$2,084 $2,554
AAA $1,753
$2,181 $2,679
AA Superior $2,108 $2,627 $3,183
AAA Superior
$2,207 $2,749 $3,338
Single Single rates will be applied in all types of cabins and the rate will be the 150% of the category rate.

 

4-night cruise (Rates per person in USD)
Cabin Type Promotional Low Season High Season
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
Single Single rates will be applied in all types of cabins and the rate will be the 150% of the category rate.

 

7-night cruise (Rates per person in USD)

Aboard M/V Stella Australis

2 programs: Discover Patagonia + Fjords of Tierra del Fuego 

Cabin Type Promotional Low Season High Season
B $2,366 $2,957 $3,774
A $3,174 $3,958 $4,857
AA $3,332 $4,149 $5,086
AAA $3,489 $4,343 $5,333
AA Superior
$4,197 $5,229 $6,345
AAA Superior $4,394 $5,472 $6,653
Single Single rates will be applied in all types of cabins and the rate will be the 150% of the category rate.

 

8-night cruise (Rates per person in USD)

Aboard M/V Ventus Australis

2 programs: Fjords of Tierra del Fuego + Patagonian Explorer

Cabin Type Low Season High Season
B $3,240 $4,136
A $4,338 $5,323
AA $4,547 $5,575
AAA $4,759 $5,843
AA Superior
$5,729 $6,961
AAA Superior $5,996 $7,297
Single

Single rates will be applied in all types of cabins.

The rate will be the 150% of the category rate.

 

What the trip includes/excludes

The above price is per person in US$, based on double occupancy. Single supplement will be added if single accommodations are requested.

Rates include accommodation, sea transportation, all meals, open bar when on duty (without additional cost for wines, beverages, and liquors), shore excursions, and onboard entertainment. Optional tours and transportation are not included in the cruise rate.

Rates exclude port tax, migration fee, and national park fee.The costs per person as as follows:

 • Punta Arenas - Ushuaia route: US$ 50

 • Ushuaia - Punta Arenas route: US$ 50

 • Punta Arenas - Ushuaia - Punta Arenas route: US$ 60

 • Ushuaia - Punta Arenas - Ushuaia route: US$ 60

 These costs may be modified by the port authorities of each country.

 

BOATS

The Fleet

 

2 world-class expedition vessels:

M/V Stella Australis & the upcoming M/V Ventus Australis (Jan 2018)

 

 

M/V Stella Australis

 

Built: 2010


Cabins: 100 cabins, with private facilities, low beds and panoramic windows.

 

• B Cabins: 3 

• A Cabins: 34

• AA Cabins: 36

• AAA Cabins: 23

• AA Superior Cabins: 2

• AAA Superior Cabins: 2

 

Passenger capacity: 210

Decks: 5

Lounges: 3 lounges and one dining room.


Length: 236 ft. • 71,83 m

Draft: 10,3 ft. • 3,15 m

Breadth: 44 ft. • 13,4 m

M/V Ventus Australis (upcoming)


Built: 2017 • Inaugural voyage: Jan 2nd, 2018

 

Cabins: 100 cabins, with private facilities, low beds and panoramic windows.

 

• B Cabins: 3

• A Cabins: 34

• AA Cabins: 36

• AAA Cabins: 23

• AA Superior Cabins: 2

• AAA Superior Cabins: 2

 

Passenger capacity: 210

Decks: 5

Lounges: 3 lounges and one dining room.

 

Length: 236 ft. • 71,83 m

Draft: 10,3 ft. • 3,15 m

Breadth: 44 ft. • 13,4 m

 


 Decks & Cabins

 

 Cabin Plan

 

GALLERY

Photo Gallery

 

Check out our photo gallery with images from recent expedition cruises to Tierra del Fuego and Cape Horn.

 

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CHECKLIST

Field Checklist

 

Birds and mammals possible to be seen during this expedition.

 

Birds

 

Penguins | Spheniscidae

King Penguin Aptenodytes patagonicus

Magellanic Penguin Spheniscus magellanicus


Grebes | Podicipedidae

White-tufted Grebe Rollandia rolland

Great Grebe Podiceps major

 

Albatrosses | Diomedeidae

Black-browed Albatross Thalassarche melanophris

Grey-headed Albatross Thalassarche chrysostoma

 

Shearwaters & Petrels | Procellariidae

Antarctic Giant Petrel Macronectes giganteus

Southern Fulmar Fulmarus glacialoides

Cape Petrel Daption capense

White-chinned Petrel Procellaria aequinoctialis

Great Shearwater Puffinus gravis

Sooty Shearwater Puffinus griseus

 

Storm-Petrels | Hydrobatidae

Wilson's Storm-Petrel Oceanites oceanicus


Diving-Petrels | Pelecanoididae

Magellanic Diving-Petrel Pelecanoides magellani


Cormorants | Phalacrocoracidae

Neotropic Cormorant Phalacrocorax brasilianus

Rock Shag Phalacrocorax magellanicus

Imperial Shag Phalacrocorax atriceps

 

Herons, Egrets & Bitterns | Ardeidae

Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis

Black-crowned Night-Heron Nycticorax nycticorax

 

Ibises & Spoonbills | Threskiornithidae

Black-faced Ibis Theristicus melanopis

 

Flamingos | Phoenicopteridae

Chilean Flamingo Phoenicopterus chilensis

 

Ducks, Geese & Swans | Anatidae

Black-necked Swan Cygnus melanocorypha

Upland Goose Chloephaga picta

Kelp Goose Chloephaga hybrida

Ashy-headed Goose Chloephaga poliocephala

Flightless Steamerduck Tachyeres pteneres

Flying Steamerduck Tachyeres patachonicus

Chiloe Wigeon Anas sibilatrix

Speckled Teal Anas flavirostris

Spectacled Duck Anas specularis

Crested Duck Anas specularioides

Yellow-billed Pintail Anas georgica

Red Shoveler Anas platalea

 

New World Vultures | Cathartidae

Andean Condor Vultur gryphus

Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura

 

Hawks, Eagles & Kites | Accipitridae

Cinereous Harrier Circus cinereus

Chilean Hawk Accipiter chilensis

Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle Geranoaetus melanoleucus

Rufous-tailed Hawk Buteo ventralis

 

Falcons & Caracaras | Falconidae

Southern Crested Caracara Caracara plancus

Chimango Caracara Milvago chimango

Striated Caracara Phalcoboenus australis

American Kestrel Falco sparverius

Aplomado Falcon Falco femoralis

Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus

 

Rails, Gallinules & Coots | Rallidae

Plumbeous Rail Pardirallus sanguinolentus

Red-gartered Coot Fulica armillata

 

Oystercatchers | Haematopodidae

Magellanic Oystercatcher Haematopus leucopodus

Blackish Oystercatcher Haematopus ater

 

Plovers & Lapwings | Charadriidae

Southern Lapwing Vanellus chilensis

Two-banded Plover Charadrius falklandicus

Rufous-chested Dotterel Charadrius modestus

 

Sandpipers & Allies | Scolopacidae

South American Snipe Gallinago paraguaiae

Baird's Sandpiper Calidris bairdii

 

Seedsnipes | Thinocoridae

White-bellied Seedsnipe Attagis malouinus

Least Seedsnipe Thinocorus rumicivorus

 

Sheathbills | Chionidae

Snowy Sheathbill Chionis alba

 

Skuas & Jaegers | Stercoraridae

Chilean Skua Stercorarius chilensis

 

Gulls | Laridae

Dolphin Gull Larus scoresbii

Kelp Gull Larus dominicanus

Brown-hooded Gull Larus maculipennis

South American Tern Sterna hirundinacea

 

Doves & Pigeons | Columbidae

Rock Dove Columba livia

Eared Dove Zenaida auriculata

 

Parrots, Macaws & Allies | Psittacidae

Austral Parakeet Enicognathus ferrugineus

 

Typical Owls | Strigidae

Magellanic Horned Owl Bubo magellanicus

Austral Pygmy-Owl Glaucidium nanum

 

Hummingbirds | Trochilidae

Green-backed Firecrown Sephanoides sephaniodes

 

Kingfishers | Alcedinidae

Ringed Kingfisher Ceryle torquata

 

Woodpeckers & Allies | Picidae

Magellanic Woodpecker Campephilus magellanicus

 

Ovenbirds | Furnariidae

Dark-bellied Cinclodes Cinclodes patagonicus

Gray-flanked Cinclodes Cinclodes oustaleti

Bar-winged Cinclodes Cinclodes fuscus

Blackish Cinclodes Cinclodes antarcticus

Thorn-tailed Rayadito Aphrastura spinicauda

White-throated Treerunner Pygarrhichas albogularis

 

Tapaculos | Rhinocryptidae

Magellanic Tapaculo Scytalopus magellanicus

 

Tyrant Flycatchers | Tyrannidae

White-crested Elaenia Elaenia albiceps

Tufted Tit-Tyrant Anairetes parulus

Patagonian Tyrant Colorhamphus parvirostris

Fire-eyed Diucon Xolmis pyrope

Dark-faced Ground-Tyrant Muscisaxicola macloviana

Austral Negrito Lessonia rufa

 

Swallows | Hirundinidae

Chilean Swallow Tachycineta meyeni

 

Wagtails & Pipits | Motacillidae

Correndera Pipit Anthus correndera

 

Wrens | Troglodytidae

House Wren Troglodytes aedon

Sedge Wren Cistothorus platensis

 

Thrushes & Allies | Turdidae

Austral Thrush Turdus falcklandii

 

Old World Sparrows | Passeridae

House Sparrow ( I ) Passer domesticus

 

Siskins, Crossbills & Allies | Fringillidae

Black-chinned Siskin Carduelis barbata

 

Buntings, Sparrows & Allies | Emberizidae

Gray-hooded Sierra-Finch Phrygilus gayi

Patagonian Sierra-Finch Phrygilus patagonicus

Rufous-collared Sparrow Zonotrichia capensis

 

Troupials & Allies | Icteridae

Long-tailed Meadowlark Sturnella loyca

Austral Blackbird Curaeus curaeus

Mammals


Otters

Marine otter Lontra felina

 

Foxes

Culpeo Fox Pseudalopex culpaeus

 

Eared Seals

South American Sea Lion Otaria flavescens

South American Fur Seal Arctocephalus australis

 

True Seals

Southern Elephant Seal Mirounga leonina

 

Dolphins

Commerson's Dolphin Cephalorhynchus commersonii

Chilean Dolphin Cephalorhynchus eutropia

Peale's Dolphin Lagenorhynchus australis

Dusky Dolphin Lagenorhynchus obscurus

Orca or Killer Whale Orcinus orca

 

Whales

Humpback Whale Megaptera novaeangliae

 

Lagomorphs

European Hare Lepus europaeus

European Rabbitt Oryctolagus cuniculus

 

Rodents

Beaver Castor canadensis

 

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Tour Registration

 

To register for this tour, complete our online registration form and return it with a deposit of US$ 500 per person. Full payment of the tour fee (in US Dollars) is due 90 days prior to tour departure.

 

Cancellation Policy

Notice of cancellation can only be accepted IN WRITING from the person who signed the booking form and takes effect on the day such noticed is received by us.

 

Refunds are made according to the following schedule:

If cancellation is made 120 days or more before departure date, the deposit less US$ 250 is refundable.

If cancellation is made between 120 and 60 days before departure, the deposit is not refundable, but any payments covering the balance of the fee will be refunded.

If cancellation is made fewer than 60 days before departure date, no refund is available.

This policy and fee schedule also applies to pre-trip and post trip extensions, as well as any transfers from one tour to another. We strongly recommend the purchase of trip cancellation insurance to protect yourself.