Cape Horn ◆ Magnificient Glacier Alley ◆ Beagle Channel ◆ Strait of Magellan ◆ Torres del Paine National Park ◆ Santiago
“It is scarcely possible to imagine anything more beautiful than the beryl-like blue of these glaciers,” wrote Charles Darwin, awed by the striking iridescent blue-green ice while cruising southern Argentina and Chile in 1833. From the legendary Tierra del Fuego archipelago to magnificent glacier-studded fjords and sweeping pampas grasslands, you too can experience the extremes and contrasts of Patagonia—the tip of South America—which crosses the Andes Mountains from the Pacific to the Atlantic.
On this exclusive land and sea journey, assume the role of natural explorer, retracing the bold travels of Darwin and Ferdinand Magellan in southern Chile, a wild landscape still virtually untouched even more than a century after the first European settlers. Discover Santiago and the extraordinary diversity of Patagonia; travel through the crystalline wonders of Glacier Alley to Cape Horn, the “edge of the world.”
Visit an award-winning winery in Santiago and walk Punta Arenas' main square, Plaza de Armas, lined with 19th-century mansions. Then, venture into the vast expanse of Patagonia to see sparkling glaciers, unique wildlife and the iconic peaks of Torres del Paine National Park.
Cruise aboard the expedition ship Ventus Australis, launching in 2018 and designed specifically for navigating the rich waterways of southern Patagonia, where mountains meet the seemingly endless ocean. The Chilean fjords offer, among their hidden islands and narrow channels, some of the world’s best viewing of tidewater glaciers, subantarctic woodlands and marine wildlife—Andean condors, humpback whales, Peale’s dolphins and rare Chilean dolphins. Cruise through two of the most historically significant, awe-inspiring passages in world exploration—
Beagle Channel and the Strait of Magellan—accompanied by an onboard team of multilingual expert naturalists, who will enrich your expedition with their in-depth knowledge of the region’s history, natural wonders and wildlife. The ship is equipped with Zodiac landing craft for excursions to observe glaciers up close as they crack and calve; distinctive species, including elephant seals, cormorants and endemic Magellanic penguins; and traces of the Yámanas, the original settlers of Wulaia Bay.
Join us for this incredible voyage of a lifetime. Book now while space is still available!
The Travel Program outlined here is subject to the features, final pricing and terms and conditions set forth in the published Travel Program brochure.
Peguins of Magdalena Island in the Strait of Magellan