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, awestruck by the unique 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 this spectacular tip of South America—Patagonia, which crosses the Andes Mountains from the Pacific to the Atlantic— aboard the small expedition ship m.v. Stella Australis.
On this exclusive land and sea journey, retrace the 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 extraordinary Santiago and the stunning diversity of Patagonia, and travel through the magnificent Glacier Alley to the tip of Cape Horn, the “edge of the world.”
In the bustling cities of Santiago and Punta Arenas, discover a unique mix of native and European cultures and an impressive array of architectural styles. Visit an award-winning winery in Santiago, enjoy stunning views of the snowcapped Andes, and walk the Plaza de Armas and its 19th-century mansion-lined square in Punta Arenas. Travel into the vast expanse of Patagonia to see sparkling glaciers, unique wildlife and the iconic mountain peaks of Torres del Paine National Park.
Follow in the wake of Darwin and HMS Beagle, aboard the expedition ship m.v. Stella Australis, designed specifically for cruising the magnificent waterways of southern Patagonia, where the mountains meet the 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 passages in world exploration—Beagle Channel and the Strait of Magellan—an awe-inspiring and unforgettable experience. An onboard team of multilingual expert naturalists 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; the unique local wildlife, like Magellanic penguins, elephant seals and cormorants; and traces of the Yámanas, the original settlers of Wulaia Bay.
Join us for this incredible voyage of a lifetime to the southern edges of the world. 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