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.
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.
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.
- 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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