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USHUAIA To VALPARAISO

SOUTH AMERICA expedition cruise Silver Explorer

Declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO and the eighth wonder of the world in 2013, Torres del Paine National Park is undoubtedly a world-class destination. So, happy is the Silversea traveller who embarks on this journey of wonder. With the breathtaking Chilean fjords as your backdrop, set sail for two weeks that are educational, aspirational and above all, inspirational.
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Cruise itinerary

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At 55 degrees latitude south, Ushuaia (pronounced oo-swy-ah) is closer to the South Pole than to Argentina's northern border with Bolivia. It is the capital and tourism base for Tierra del Fuego, the island at the southernmost tip of Argentina.Although its stark physical beauty is striking, Tierra del Fuego's historical allure is based more on its mythical past than on rugged reality. The island was inhabited for 6,000 years by Yámana, Haush, Selk'nam, and Alakaluf Indians.

The approach to the Garibaldi Glacier is through one of Chile’s newest and largest national parks: Parque Nacional Alberto de Agostini (more than 9,000 square kilometers or 5,600 square miles). It is not only a national park, but has been declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve because of its swaths of distinct ecosystems and its special landscapes. The Garibaldi Fjord itself is a narrow passage strewn with floating ice in shades of sapphire blue and teal green. Ribbons of waterfalls snake down the steep mountainsides.
Alberto de Agostini National Park was created in 1965 and takes its name from an Italian explorer, photographer, writer and missionary of the Salesians of Don Bosco order that lived and explored Patagonia as a missionary around 1930. De Agostini was known for his discoveries, photographs and maps of the region. The park is located in the Region of Magallanes and Chilean Antarctica, the southernmost, largest, and second least populated region of Chile. The park covers 5,637 square miles and touches Magallanes, Tierra del Fuego and Antarctica provinces.
Ainsworth Bay is part of the Almirantazgo Sound, in the Tierra del Fuego region of Chile. It is inside the D Agostini National Park, within the Darwin Range and is one of the most pristine and secluded spots to visit in this part of Chilean Patagonia. The retreating Marinelli Glacier, with its 130-foot high ice walls, is nearby, there are often elephant seals hauled out on the beaches, and colonies of Magellanic Penguins nest in burrows amongst the vegetation. Other common birds are cormorants and predatory skuas.
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.

Winding through the vast expanses of the Chilean Fjords will reveal mountains looming on both sides, waterfalls, and the marvel of hardy flora clinging to barren rocks. Seals and dolphins patrol the length of these uninhabited fjords as they have done for millennia. Small fishing-boats come out of Punta Arenas luring fish and trapping for king crab, while terns dip and glide coaxing their own small fish out of the deep, dark fjord waters amongst tiny islands thick with vegetation.
With a population of roughly 18,000, Puerto Natales is the capital of the Ultima Esperanza Province. Founded in 1911, it quickly developed into a major residential center and shipping port for the area’s products. Nestled on a gently-sloping point amid spectacular scenery, the town overlooks the Ultima Esperanza Gulf and has a nice view of the Balmaceda Mountain. It provides services for the region’s intense livestock activity. Many of its inhabitants work at the Argentinian coal mines in Rio Turbio and return home over the weekend.
Winding through the vast expanses of the Chilean Fjords will reveal mountains looming on both sides, waterfalls, and the marvel of hardy flora clinging to barren rocks. Seals and dolphins patrol the length of these uninhabited fjords as they have done for millennia. Small fishing-boats come out of Punta Arenas luring fish and trapping for king crab, while terns dip and glide coaxing their own small fish out of the deep, dark fjord waters amongst tiny islands thick with vegetation.
The English Narrows warrant time spent on the outer decks as the Captain and local Chilean Pilots expertly maneuver through the slalom course of islands and channel markers. The waterway is home to Magellanic Diving Petrels, Steamer Ducks, and the rare endemic Chilean dolphin. This small dolphin is shy of ships and enjoys spending its time in constricted straits with heavy tidal rips such as the English Narrows.
Tortel is a commune located in Southern Patagonia, a spectacular wilderness region of rugged mountains, glaciers, rivers and forests of infinite beauty. The uneven geography of Tortel shapes a unique landscape, characterized by an archipelagic area with numerous islands and channels. Tortel is known as the “footbridge city” for the unique beauty of its wooden walkways that connect the piers and houses of this quaint place through bridges and stairs, built from cypress wood, that run for four and a half miles around the cove and that respect the rich vegetation that grows under them.
Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is whale watching from the Observatory Lounge, writing home to your loved ones or simply topping up your tan by the pool, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.
Bright, wooden huts teeter on stilts over Castro's estuary waterfront, inviting you into a patchwork of colour that’s sure to brighten any day. These traditional palafitos give the warmest of welcomes, as you prepare to experience Chile at its most vibrant. Castro has faced something of a tumultuous past, having been hit by a by a succession of earthquakes and fires - the most recent a devastating earthquake in 1960. But this city is incredibly resilient, and today the capital of Chiloe Island makes for a fantastic base for exploring the archipelago that surrounds it.  

For most of its history, windy Puerto Montt was the end of the line for just about everyone traveling in the Lake District. Now the Carretera Austral carries on southward, but for all intents and purposes Puerto Montt remains the region's last significant outpost, a provincial city that is the hub of local fishing, textile, and tourist activity.Today the city center is full of malls, condos, and office towers—it's the fastest-growing city in Chile—but away from downtown, Puerto Montt consists mainly of low clapboard houses perched above its bay, the Seno de Reloncaví.

Niebla is a small village on the banks of the Rio Valdivia where Chile’s Corral Bay meets the Pacific Ocean. Today Niebla is a beach resort, but in 1671 it was a defensive fortress built by the order of the Viceroy of Peru to prevent attacks against the town of Valdivia by pirates and corsairs. Niebla is well-known for its lively markets, the remains of the colonial fortress declared a National Monument in 1950 and restored in 1992, and a museum dedicated to its history.
Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is whale watching from the Observatory Lounge, writing home to your loved ones or simply topping up your tan by the pool, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.
Valparaíso's dramatic topography—45 cerros, or hills, overlooking the ocean—requires the use of winding pathways and wooden ascensores (funiculars) to get up many of the grades. The slopes are covered by candy-color houses—there are almost no apartments in the city—most of which have exteriors of corrugated metal peeled from shipping containers decades ago. Valparaíso has served as Santiago's port for centuries. Before the Panama Canal opened, Valparaíso was the busiest port in South America.

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Owner's Suite

728 ft² / 67m² including private balcony

From US$ 19,800 with early booking bonus
Grand Suite

618 ft² / 57m² including a private balcony

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Silver Suite

422 ft² / 39m² including 2 French balconies

From US$ 16,380 with early booking bonus
Medallion Suite

400 ft² / 37m² including a private balcony

From US$ 16,200 with early booking bonus
Veranda Suite

216 ft² / 20 m² including a french balcony

From US$ 13,050 with early booking bonus
Vista Suite

192 ft² / 18m² with large picture window

From US$ 9,450 with early booking bonus
View Suite

192 ft² / 18m² with view window

From US$ 9,090 with early booking bonus
Explorer Suite

190 ft² / 18 m² with view window

From US$ 8,460 with early booking bonus
Adventurer Suite

167 ft²/15 m² with 2 portholes

From US$ 8,100 with early booking bonus
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Silver Explorer

Silversea’s purpose-built luxury Silver Explorer expedition cruise ship has been designed specifically for navigating waters in some of the world’s most remote destinations, including both of earth’s polar regions.  A strengthened hull with a Lloyd’s Register ice-class notation (1A) for passenger vessels enables the Silver Explorer Expedition Cruise Ship to safely push through ice floes with ease. A fleet of 12 Zodiac boats allows Silversea Expedition guests to visit even the most off-the-beaten path locations and an expert Expedition Team provides insight and understanding to each unforgettable Silver Explorer luxury cruise adventure. 

Suites

Silversea's oceanview suites are some of the most spacious in cruising, and all include the services of a butler. Select your suite and Request a Quote - guests who book early are rewarded with the best fares and ability to select their desired suite.

Suites

Silversea's oceanview suites are some of the most spacious in cruising, and all include the services of a butler. Select your suite and Request a Quote - guests who book early are rewarded with the best fares and ability to select their desired suite.

Owner's Suite

728 ft² / 67m² including private balcony

From US$ 19,800 with early booking bonus
Grand Suite

618 ft² / 57m² including a private balcony

From US$ 18,000 with early booking bonus
Silver Suite

422 ft² / 39m² including 2 French balconies

From US$ 16,380 with early booking bonus
Medallion Suite

400 ft² / 37m² including a private balcony

From US$ 16,200 with early booking bonus
Veranda Suite

216 ft² / 20 m² including a french balcony

From US$ 13,050 with early booking bonus
Vista Suite

192 ft² / 18m² with large picture window

From US$ 9,450 with early booking bonus
View Suite

192 ft² / 18m² with view window

From US$ 9,090 with early booking bonus
Explorer Suite

190 ft² / 18 m² with view window

From US$ 8,460 with early booking bonus
Adventurer Suite

167 ft²/15 m² with 2 portholes

From US$ 8,100 with early booking bonus
Fares shown are per guest

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Our land programmes (multi-day mid-, pre- or post-cruise) provide additional opportunities to discover more of the highlights and hidden treasures of the lands you visit.

Your expedition will lead to one discovery after another. A complimentary programme of unique, small-group shore experiences, led by team of expert guides and lectures, allows you to fully experience the lands you'll visit.

voyage highlights

Join us for a journey through the Beagle Channel, the Strait of Magellan and along the breathtaking coastline of the Chilean Fjords. You will get to see glaciers and mountains and pass through some of Chile’s largest and most rarely visited national parks. See the emblematic Torres del Paine and look for whales at the beginning and end of Chile’s Inside Passage. Andean Condors and Lesser Rhea, Flying and Flightless Steamer-Ducks, Magellanic Cormorants, Chimango Caracaras, and many other bird species will be seen. Another highlight will be the wooden churches in Chiloé, a UNESCO World Heritage.
Throughout the voyage, learn about the history, geology, wildlife and botany of this spectacular area from lecture presentations offered by your knowledgeable onboard Expedition Team.

 

Voyage Highlights:

Punta Arenas, Chile
See a working sheep ranch in the outskirts of Punta Arenas and look for Andean Condors, Lesser Rhea and guanaco. Alternatively have a look at Chile’s southernmost city or step onto a replica of Magellan’s ship Victoria.

Torres del Paine, Chile
Three spectacular granite peaks are the trademark of Torres del Paine. Driving from Puerto Natales through the pampa with its extensive sheep grazing areas there is the possibility to see baqueanos (the local shepherds on horseback), sheep, guanaco, foxes and Andean Condors, before reaching the Paine Massif. This national park is famous for its extensive trekking possibilities along some of the rivers and valleys, as well as waterfalls. The rivers all come from the Southern Patagonia Ice field.

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.

Tortel, Chile
Visit one of Chile’s most isolated settlements, walk along its boardwalks and take a Zodiac for a cruise through the river delta of the Baker to see Isla de los Muertos (the Island of the Dead), a Chilean historical site.

Castro, Chile
Explore the island of Chiloé and see its fascinating wooden churches dating back to the time of the Jesuits in the 17th and 18th century. The special version of colonial architecture using local materials has brought UNESCO World Heritage status to 16 of Chiloé’s churches.

Puerto Montt, Chile
An important town for the opening of the Lake Region during the mid-19th century, Puerto Montt will be our gateway to Lago Llanquihue (with 860 square km it is Chile’s largest lake entirely within the country), Lago Esmeralda, the Petrohué Falls and spectacular views of the Osorno volcano.

 

Cultural Highlights:

  • Experience a working sheep/cattle estancia in Patagonia and meet Baqueanos, the Chilean/Patagonian version of shepherds.
  • See the craftsmanship of the wooden churches of Chiloe, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 

Wildlife Watch List:

  • 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: Neotropic, Magellanic and Imperial Cormorants, Peruvian Pelicans, Humboldt and Magellanic 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.

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