Why an adventure cruise?
- Daily excursions off the boat give you a chance to explore the forests, fjords and glaciers up close
- Discover secluded beaches, hidden waterfalls, and walk up to the face of magnificent glaciers
- Visit the colonies of elephant and leopard seals, penguins, condors and falcons that make this wilderness their home
- Passionate guides are on hand to enrich your knowledge of Tierra del Fuego's fascinating history and nature
Cruise ships wind through the sheltered waters between Ushuaia and Punta Arenas, and on-board these adventure ships is one of the best ways to travel between the two cities. Not only will you make the most of your time travelling between Argentina and Chile, you'll explore some of the best scenery in the region. Cruises range from four to eight nights, either one-way or round trip.
Don't be put off by the word cruise: the emphasis here is on getting out and about, and up close with the scenery and wildlife.
What our customers think
The cruise on Australis was fantastic. Our friends swore up and down that they hated cruises, but Australis won them over, easily.
Jenny Oregon, USA November 2017
We particularly appreciated Chloe's suggestion to add the Australis cruise - brilliant choice.
Heinrich March 2016
The Stella Australis cruise was brilliant and very luxurious with plenty of time ashore.
Brian December 2016
The Stella Australis was wonderful, as were the crew, above and beyond expectations. The Glaciers were amazing. The scenery was breath-taking and memorising.
Chris and Nikki January 2017
This was the highlight of the trip. The scenery, wildlife & remoteness of the area was fabulous. Everything about the cruise on the Stella Australis was amazing. The guides were all great.
Carole UK November 2017
Patagonia Cruises: FAQs
Contrary to popular belief, it doesn’t have to be. If you plan in advance and book early, you can snap up a cabin in the cheapest category before anyone else. We work very closely with a range of cruise and operators in Patagonia and know the best early booking discounts. There are some excellent low season rates too, if you’re willing to travel at the start/end of the season.
We offer cruises and boat trips to suit a wide spectrum of budgets, from around $600 USD for a 1 day whale watching trip to $4,000 for the best cabin in high season on a luxury adventure cruise vessel.
Our Adventure Cruises have been described as ‘cruises for people who don’t do cruises’. Basing yourself from a boat is a great way to explore deep into the sparkling, mountain-lined fjords, both on and off the vessel, to watch crashing glaciers calve before you and wildlife going about their business, and experience the peaceful channels as the pioneers once did - with barely anyone else around.
We work with 15 different ships, small boats and sailboats, with capacity of between 10 to 210 passengers. Each ship has a different style and focus and we can talk you through the pros and cons of each, to help you to choose the best cruise for you.
We can help you choose the right cruise to suit you, depending on how active you want to be. All of our cruises and boat trips offer the opportunity to be active, but it’s not compulsory; excursions are optional and there are different effort levels available on some cruises, so that you can mix challenging hikes with more relaxed excursions - the choice is yours.
The most popular Patagonia cruise routes run between Ushuaia (Argentina) and Punta Arenas (Chile), and are a great alternative to flights or bus journeys as they combine border crossings with sightseeing along the way. There are also a number of ‘there and back’ trips, for example from/to Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales, Ushuaia, Puerto Montt and Puerto Aysen - great if you want to start and end in the same place.
Places to visit on an adventure cruise
- Ainsworth Bay is a long fjord flanked by dense sub-polar forest. At the top rests the Marinelli Glacier, which rolls down from the Darwin Ice Field into the water. The scenery here is evidence of Tierra del Fuego's wet climate: trails wind past streams and waterfalls, and there's an enchanted feel to the moss covered rocks and trees.
- Cape Horn is a classic bucket list feature, and the end of the world does not disappoint. Discovered in 1616, the place where the Atlantic meets the Pacific has been a significant point for sailors for hundreds of years, and a beautiful monument now stands at the 'end of the earth' to memorialise the many who have travelled here.
- Pia Glacier - get on board a zodiac to the face of the glacier, travelling to a lookout where you can see the entire glacier as it flows from the mountains all the way to the sea.
- The Tucker Islets are one places you might smell before you see - here lives a colony of over 4,000 Magellanic penguins. You'll get right onto the beach in zodiac boats to observe these curious birds noisily getting on with waddling, swimming and nesting.
- Tread in the footsteps of the indigenous Yaghàn people at Wulaia Bay, a sheltered spot where humans have thrived for thousands of years. Charles Darwin also landed here in 1833.
- Àguila Glacier is found at the end of an easy walk that snakes around a lagoon.
- Walk amongst the Magellanic penguins on Magdalena Island, an important stop for sailors.
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