Impenetrable forests, impassable mountains, and endless fields of ice define Chilean Patagonia, and meant that the region went largely unexplored until the beginning of the 20th century. Located in the southernmost part of the country, this area is still sparsely inhabited, though you will find a few populated places—like the colorful provincial city of Punta Arenas, which looks like it's about to be swept into the Strait of Magellan. Some unique wildlife, particularly colonies of elephant seals and penguins, call this breathtaking topography home. View more
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Explore one of the largest penguin colonies in southern Chile during this panoramic, half-day sightseeing excursion to Magdalena Island.
Laredo Bay, Boat-Ride, Strait of Magellan and Magdalena Island
Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 30-minute drive to Laredo Bay. Upon arrival, embark your motorboat for the approximately one-hour ride to Magdalena Island via the Strait of Magellan. Magdalena Island is located in the middle of the Strait of Magellan, approximately 22 miles (about 35.4 kilometres) north of Punta Arenas.
Magdalena Island was declared a National Park in 1966, and re-classified as a Natural Monument in 1982. The aim is to protect the avifauna of the island, such as Magellan penguins, cormorants and seagulls, among others. This island constitutes one of the largest penguin colonies in southern Chile, with a population estimated at more than 50,000 pairs of Magellan Penguins, which is more than 95% of the bird-life bio-mass in the area.
Nature Hike, Penguins, Seabirds and Boat-Ride
Upon arrival, disembark your boat for a guided, approximately one-hour hike along well-marked trails to avoid disturbing the local avifauna. Along the way, observe large numbers of penguins and other birds. Following your trek, embark your motorboat and relax with a snack and a tasty pisco sour before heading back to Laredo Bay. After disembarking the boat, you may opt to re-board your coach and commence the short drive back to the pier, or be dropped off in the downtown area near the pier for shopping and further exploration, and return to the ship on your own.
Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking for approximately one mile (about 1.6 kilometres), at times over uneven and surfaces and inclines, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and embark/disembark the boat. This tour is not suitable for guests who are prone to seasickness, guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear warm, layered clothing with flat, sturdy, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection, gloves and a weatherproof jacket from the ship. Guests must be at least 21 years old to be served alcoholic beverages. Guests are prohibited from feeding, taking flash photographs and getting extremely close to the penguins. Garbage must be taken back to Punta Arenas to protect this natural monument. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions. The tour duration may vary due to sea and/or wind conditions.
Discover the life and times of those who choose to make Punta Arenas their home during this visit to a local family's home and traditional BBQ. Magellanic hospitality still pervades local culture, undeterred (or perhaps nurtured by) nature's inhospitality, this city is remarkably relaxed and friendly.
Leave the pier and head for a short sightseeing drive of the city and to the observation point located at Cerro De La Cruz, where a short stop will be made to enjoy the wonderful panoramic view of the city and the Straits of Magellan. Afterwards, head to a local family house to spend some time with them and learn about different topics.
Upon arrival, share an aperitif and participate in the preparation of a Patagonian lamb barbecue while sharing with the hostesses and learning about the local culture, immigration stories and history of the region. Probably you will also learn the reason local people of Punta Arenas feel that they leave in an Independent Region, far from the rest of the country and even why they have their own flag.
Get to know the members of the family and enjoy a tasty home-made barbecue.
At agreed time, leave the house and head to the Main Plaza to have a look to the local monuments and also the chance to stroll at the small handicraft stalls before returning to the ship.
Please note: This tour involves minimal walking and is suitable for guests with limited mobility; however it is not wheelchair accessible. Guests should dress in seasonal clothing and wear comfortable walking shoes. This tour is extremely limited in capacity and we suggest guests reserve this tour early to avoid disappointment. Due to average local temperatures, coaches are not equipped with air-conditioning.
Embrace the pristine natural beauty of Patagonia during a scenic and exhilarating trek in the Magallanes Nature Reserve. The Reserve takes you into the forests and mountains above Punta Arenas, offering a beautifully spent half-day of hiking with incredible scenery.
Magallanes Nature Reserve
The tour commences driving west towards the Magallanes Nature Reserve on a road that is mainly on gravel for approximately 2 miles (3.2 kms). Upon arrival at 'El Mirador', a flat and even trekking trail, begin your walk and trek for about 0.6 mile (0.96 kms), reaching the estuary of the river 'Las Minas', a place of historical significance for the area as it was the main source of coal for the first half of the 1900´s. Along the trail you can observe diverse native vegetation such as Lengas and Coigües and it may be possible to spot wildlife.
Then board your vehicle and drive towards to the entrance area of the park to start a longer and more difficult trek. Now trek up Mount Fenton for 1.2 mile (1.93 kilometres) to reach the top and enjoy from there the panoramic view over the city, the Straits of Magellan and the legendary Tierra del Fuego Island. Descend following the same trail and board your vehicles. Before driving back to the pier, enjoy a revitalizing hot coffee.
An optional drop off at the Main Plaza in Punta Arenas will be offered with an independent return to the pier.
Please note: This tour requires an extensive amount of walking for approximately 3 hours over rough terrain, and is only recommended for guests in very good physical condition and those who have experience trekking. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Warm, layered, waterproof, clothing and sturdy, closed-toe trekking shoes are recommended. Minimum age to participate is 7 years old. Due to average local temperatures, coaches are not equipped with air-conditioning.
Discover the exquisite natural topography of Chile during this full-day excursion to picturesque Torres del Paine National Park.
Torres del Paine National Park
Depart the pier for the brief transfer to the airport for your chartered, one-hour flight to Puerto Natales. Upon arrival, board a bus for the scenic, 2-hour drive north through picturesque rolling pampas and distant mountain ranges en route to Porteria Serrano, one of the entrances to Torres del Paine National Park. Your drive within the park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, offers breath taking panoramic vistas in all directions. Around this area of Serrano, lunch will be served with the best views of the park.
Salto Grande Waterfall and Lunch
Drive to the Salto Grande Waterfall. Upon arrival, take an approximate 50-minute hike amidst the rugged beauty surrounding this scenic locale.
Established in 1959, this 598,338-acre (242,138-hectare) park was declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1978. Your drive within the park offers incredible vistas. Along the way, a stop is made at the Lake Nordenskjold Lookout for spectacular views of the famous jagged spires that grace numerous publications.
Lastly, a stop will be made at Cerro Castillo Coffee Shop for some snacks before the drive to the Puerto Natales Airport for your return flight to the pier to re-join the ship.
Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking over bumpy and uneven surfaces, and is recommended for guests in good physical condition. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Warm comfortable clothing, a warm hat and sturdy, closed-toe walking shoes are recommended. Although this programme is limited in capacity, a minimum number of participants are required to operate. This programme becomes 100% non-refundable 21 days prior to the start of your cruise. Cancellations received after this time, will have the cost of the programme charged to their on board account. The order of sites visited may vary. Due to average local temperatures, coaches are not equipped with air-conditioning.
Discover the past to present in Punta Arenas during this half-day outing. Punta Arenas, with a population of 110,000, is the capital of the Magallanes and Antarctic Region, and it is Patagonia's most important city; its streets hum with activity and its airport and seaports bustle with traffic. The town has made a living from coal mines, wool production, oil, fishing, and as a service centre for cargo ships.
Cerro De La Cruz
The tour commences with a drive from the pier through the city of Punta Arenas to the observation point located at Cerro De La Cruz, where a short stop will be made to enjoy the wonderful panoramic view of the city and the Straits of Magellan.
Maggiorino Borgatello Salesian Museum
Drive to the Maggiorino Borgatello Salesian Museum, which was created by the Salesian missionaries, where exhibits illustrating the habitat and history of Patagonia's aboriginal people and the region's natural history can be seen. The museum consists of 3 floors which are only accessible by stairs and most explanations are only written in Spanish.
Continue with a visit of Patagonia Institute, an open-air museum with horse-drawn carts, farm machinery, and other items from the golden age of Punta Arenas. Due to the Patagonia Institute being an outdoor museum it is necessary to walk around on uneven terrain in order to visit it.
Plaza de Armas
Finally drive to the city centre and visit the Plaza de Armas, where a statue of Magellan with a mermaid and two Fuegian Indians at his feet can be seen. Punta Arenas' earliest wealth is reflected in the grand stone mansions that encircle this square, which were built with earnings from the sheep ranches of the late 1800s.
Following this visit, make the return drive to the pier in order to re-join the ship.
Please note: This tour involves moderate walking with stairs and uneven ground to negotiate. Guests should dress in seasonal attire and wear flat, walking shoes. There are souvenirs / handicrafts for sale in the area of the stops made. The order of sites visited may vary. Explanations in Borgetello museum are mostly written in Spanish. Due to average local temperatures, coaches are not equipped with air-conditioning.
Experience one of the most exciting adventures at the End of the World. Explore Torres del Paine National Park, Los Glaciares National Park and its main attraction, the Perito Moreno Glacier, UNESCO World Heritage Sites on this Patagonia Express Mid-Voyage Land Adventure.
02MIDPUQ-P Patagonia Express
Offered on Voyage 6722
Departure: November 7, 2017 from Punta Arenas
Duration: 3 Days/ 2 Nights
Re-join Ship: November 9, 2017 in Ushuaia
Booking Deadline: August 2, 2017
This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires advance booking through Silversea Reservations by August 2, 2017. Requests received after this date may be accommodated on a space-available basis and the programme price is subject to change. Payment in full is due within 120 days prior to sailing. This programme is non-refundable if cancelled within 90 days of sailing. Although there is limited space on this program, a minimum number of guests is required to operate this adventure.
With a surface area of approximately 310,000 square miles (800,000 square kilometres), the region known as Patagonia encompasses the southern cone of South America, including parts of both Chile and Argentina. Visit the area's most famous national parks - Torres del Paine in Chile and Los Glaciares National Park in Argentina. Torres del Paine offers surreal ice-clad peaks, ancient forests, dazzling lakes, immense glaciers and its very own ice cap. Just across the ice cap is Los Glaciares National Park with its landscape of sharp peaks, glaciers and luminescent lakes of many colours. Head south to El Calafate and to Perito Moreno, Patagonia's only advancing glacier on Silversea's Patagonia Express.
DAY ONE - Punta Arenas / Torres Del Paine
Disembark the ship after breakfast and meet your guide. Begin your journey with a short sightseeing drive through downtown area, appreciating its European architecture that provides a hint of the wealth and luxury that was abundant during its time as one of the most active ports in the Southern Cone. With a harsh climate it could be hard to imagine life at the end of the world but the history presented today and the bustle on the streets shows us the reality of life at the southern-most city on the continent.
Punta Arenas, which in English means 'Sandy Point' with a population of 120,000 is the capital of the Magellanic and Antarctic Region XII, and it is Chilean Patagonia's most important and largest city; its streets hum with activity and its airport and seaports bustle with traffic. The town has made a living from carbon mines, wool production, petroleum, fishing, and as a service centre for cargo ships.
Afterwards continue directly towards Puerto Natales town, located approximately 130 miles (210 kilometres) north. Savour a traditional barbecue lunch served at a cosy restaurant in town and discover why Patagonian barbecues are so famous.
After lunch, drive for about two hours towards Torres del Paine National Park, designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage site with over 242,000 hectares of lakes, waterfalls, glaciers and mountain peaks. Words cannot do justice to the creamy blues and greens that reflect in the lakes and waterfalls of the 8th Wonder of the World.
Enter the Park by Laguna Amarga. Residents of the area are the 'guanacos', 'gwa NAH ko', small humpless camels that look like a member of the llama family. A stop at the park entrance will allow you to take some pictures, take advantage of the restroom facilities, and collect a park map.
Continue to the Nordenskjold Lake viewpoint to see the lake's reflection as it bathes the mountainside of the Paine range with its emerald green colour. The lake gives life to the impetuous 'Salto Grande' (big waterfall) forming the quiet Pehoe Lake. Walk down a wooden path to the Salto Grande waterfall and be sure to wear your windbreaker, as the gusts can be powerful. Around every curve is another bold work of nature, possible wildlife sightings and dramatic looks at the domineering peaks. Wildlife that may be seen here includes groups of wild guanacos, a flying condor or the flightless ñandu (rhea) bird.
Arrive at Hotel Serrano. The hotel is set at the edge of the Torres del Paine National Park. It has a gorgeous views of the mountains and provides a wonderfully tranquil setting. After check-in, make your way to your room, freshen-up and explore before regrouping for dinner at the hotel's main restaurant. The rest of the evening is spent at your leisure.
Overnight accommodation at Hotel Serrano - Torres del Paine National Park.
DAY TWO - Torres del Paine / El Calafate
Enjoy the buffet breakfast at the hotel and afterwards check-out and begin your day's exploration.
Your driver takes you towards the Grey Lake area which is located a distance of approximately 13 miles (21 kilometres) over a gravel road. Upon arrival, leave the coach and walk along a natural path, within the forest, leading to the lake's beach. Here, you are able to observe the ice floating from the Grey Glacier (which can be seen far away at the middle of the lake). The landscape is impressive, and the characteristic Patagonian wind on the lake makes this attraction unforgettable.
After this unique experience, walk back to the vehicle and continue with the drive to the Cerro Castillo area (Chilean border) with stops on the way to take photos of the landscape, flora and fauna. At stop for lunch is made at a local restaurant in Cerro Castillo. The facilities may be a little basic but the local fare is considered very tasty. There is time to do a little souvenir shopping before re-boarding the coach.
After lunch cross the border into Argentina, and continue the 4-hour journey through the Patagonian steppes until you will reach El Calafate town. Along the way the scenery includes local farms and you may see wildlife such as rheas and Patagonian hares.
El Calafate is a small tourist village placed at the southern coast of Argentino Lake and considered the gateway to Los Glaciares National Park. It owes its name to a typical Patagonian fruit bush. According to the tradition, whoever eats the bush's berries always returns to Patagonia. Its urban view shows a picturesque small village surrounded by beautiful trees, with no high buildings and plenty of colourful gardens that make this village an oasis in the middle of the barren Patagonian landscape.
Transfer to the Xelena Hotel and check-in. Enjoy some leisure time to explore the town on your own. Dinner this evening is served at the hotel.
Overnight accommodations at Xelena Hotel & Spa - El Calafate, Argentina
DAY THREE - El Calafate / Ushuaia
Rise and shine for an early breakfast and a day of wonderous adventure!
Depart the hotel and drive approx. 56 miles (90 km) in total to Perito Moreno Glacier National Park. Right from the start, your trip offers several pleasant surprises. From the outskirts of El Calafate you will see the Argentine Lake with its Round Bay populated with a variety of birds, hopefully including black-necked swan, flamingos, gallareta, and cauquenes.
At Los Glaciares National Park the ice field is composed of 13 large glaciers, with a 5,400 square miles (14,000 square kilometer) surface. This huge mass represents the third largest ice mass in the world, after the Antártida and Greenland. The Perito Moreno Glacier is one of the world's few remaining advancing glaciers, currently grinding its way down the Cordillera directly into an arm of the enormous Lago Argentino. About every three years the glacier cuts off the flow of water into the lake resulting in an immense accumulation of pressure as the water behind the glacier rises. Once in front of this glacier, everything is majestic. You will be able to go around the walkways to catch different views of it.
After enjoying the views, silence and roars of this amazing mass, you will drive back to the El Calafate for a tasty lunch at a local restaurant.
In due time, your guide will take you to the El Calafate airport to board the 1h15 flight to Ushuaia, the capital city of Tierra del Fuego Island. Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met by the local Silversea representative and transferred directly to the pier to re-join the ship.
Please note: This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure is recommended to guests who are physically fit. It requires a moderate amount of walking that can be intense at times, over uneven terrain, along trails, over sand and rock and up/down inclines. It is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure involves fairly long drives: 3 hours Punta Arenas to Puerto Natales, 2 hours Puerto Natales to Torres del Paine, 5-7 hours Torres del Paine to El Calafate. The best local hotels have been selected as there are no 5-star accommodations in this region. This excursion involves touring in the outdoors and guests should expect to be exposed to changing cold and/or wet weather and strong winds at times; please pack accordingly. We recommend wearing warm layered clothing, windbreaker or waterproof jacket, hat, scarf, gloves, and sturdy walking shoes. Remember also to bring your camera, binoculars and sun protection. The tour itinerary and order of sites are subject to change without prior notice and airline alterations to the flight schedules may affect the tour content. This description is a general overview of the programme only and the contents and activities of this programme are subject to change, due to weather conditions. The amount of time spent at the Chile/Argentina border is dependent upon the officials who process the documentation. Luggage restrictions: One piece of luggage not to exceed 33 pounds (15 kilograms) per person plus one piece of hand luggage, maximum 11 pounds (5 kilograms). A minimum number of participants is required for this programme's operation.
· One-night stay at four-star Rio Serrano - Torres del Paine National Park
· One-night stay at four-star Xelena Hotel & Spa - El Calafate
· Scheduled flights, Economy-Class: El Calafate / Ushuaia. At this time the airline does not offer a Business Class of service on this flight.
· Two breakfasts, three lunches, and two dinners (lunch and dinner include choice of two beverages, local beer, house wine, soft drinks), in addition to one in-flight snacks served with soft drinks, tea or coffee.
· Park Entrances fees
· All sightseeing and transfers as per itinerary
Any meals and drinks not specified above, charges incurred by the airlines for excess or overweight luggage, gratuities to drivers and tour guides, laundry, telephone calls, cancellation insurance, and other personal items.
All Land Adventures require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described. If this minimum number is not met, Silversea reserves the right to offer the programme at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel the specific departure. Silversea's published cruise cancellation policy will remain in effect. All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea. Onboard Spending Credit may not be applied to the purchase of this programme. All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 90 days of sailing and are recommended to guests 18 years of age and older. This description is a general overview of this programme. Our local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if local situations, including holidays, changes made by airlines, government activities, and weather, require. The programme described in this brochure is provided by independent contractors. Silversea acts solely as ticketing agent. Silversea shall have no obligation or liability of any kind to guests for the business practices, acts or omissions in connection with or arising out of arrangements with independent contractors, including but not limited to airline carriers, ground-tour operators, and hotels since they are neither agents for nor employees of Silversea Cruises. Silversea's liability does not extend beyond the vessel.