Enjoy the miles of sandy coastline unique to this area while sampling Peruvian wines and “Pisco,” a local beverage. Bird enthusiasts will be able to spot Guanay Cormorants, Peruvian Boobies, Inca Terns and possibly Chilean Flamingos. Those interested in mysterious geoglyphs can ponder the origins of “El Candelabro,” which is over 500 feet in length and can be seen from miles away.
Pio XI Glacier, Chile –
This is the largest glacier in the southern hemisphere outside Antarctica! If conditions permit a Zodiac cruise, you will be awed by this glacier's giant front looming hundreds of feet into the air.
Valparaíso, Chile –
An important seaport and declared by Congress to be Chile’s cultural capital, Valparaíso offers beautiful architecture along with delectable food and fine wine. Funiculares, cable cars dating back to the 19th century, permit to easily reach different parts of the historic district -a UNESCO World Heritage Site- for views across the port and bay.
Puerto Madryn, Argentina–
One of the most vibrant cities in Patagonia and a perfect jumping-off point to explore the Valdez Peninsula, where you can observe sea lions, elephant seals, orcas and penguins in their natural habitat.
Isla Pingüino, Argentina –
Visit the only Southern Rockhopper Penguin colony on the South American continent.
• Meet the Aymara people of Putre and learn about their history in the region. You will also be able to enjoy and buy some of their colourful textiles and handicrafts made from llama wool.
• Take part in a ceremony thanking Pachamama (Earth Mother) in the Atacama Desert.
• See the craftsmanship of the wooden churches of Chiloe, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
• Experience a working sheep/cattle estancia in Patagonia and meet Baqueanos, the Chilean/Patagonian version of shepherds.
Wildlife Watch List:
• Southern elephant seals, South American fur seals, South American sea lions
• Whales and dolphins: Sei, humpback and Southern right whale, orcas, Peale’s, Chilean, dusky and Commerson’s dolphins
• Seabirds: Peruvian Booby, Neotropic, Red-legged, Guanay, Magellanic and Imperial Cormorant, Inca Terns, Peruvian Pelicans, Humboldt, Magellanic and Southern Rockhopper Penguins, Kelp, Brown-hooded and Dolphin Gulls, Southern Giant Petrels
• Land and water birds: Andean Condor, Peregrine Falcon, Chimango and Crested Caracara, Lesser Rhea, Flightless Steamer-Duck, Chilean Skua, Black-necked Swan, American Oystercatcher.
Expedition highlights and wildlife listed here are possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed. Your Expedition Leader and Captain will work together to ensure opportunities for adventure and exploration are the best possible, taking into account the prevailing weather, wildlife activity and ice conditions. Expedition Team members scheduled for this voyage are subject to change or cancellation.
Not sure what to wear while onboard? Visit our shop and gear up. We've got layers to keep you dry and warm, breezy wear to keep you covered and cool, and accessories to keep everything packed up and ready to go. So, no matter the weather, you'll be better prepared for your expedition.
Our Gear Shop has an expert outfitting staff and features all the essentials:
Make sure you get all your essentials today. We offer packages or individual items, for your convenience, and recommend you place orders at least 30 days before your embarkation date.