Trip Summary and Itinerary Map
- Navigate Almirantazgo Sound and see Marinelli Glacier
- Visit Magellan penguins on zodiac boats
- Hike to Pia Glacier viewpoints; sail through Glacier Alley
- Experience Cape Horn, learn about the history of Wulaia Bay
- Arriving early in Ushuaia - world's southernmost city, you're free to spend the day here how you wish
- Re-visit Cape Horn and Wulaia Bay
- Enter the heart of the Darwin Mountain Range, zodiac trip and hike to base of Aguila Glacier
- Visit Magdalena Island, home to a Magellan penguin colony, and its famous lighthouse
Landmarks visited on Ultimate Tierra del Fuego Adventure
Check in between 13:00 and 17:00 and board at 18:00. After a welcoming cocktail reception hosted by the Captain and his crew, the ship will depart for one of the remotest parts of the planet. Our trip will take us through the Strait of Magellan and Beagle Channel to explore one of the most breathtaking wilderness regions in the world: Southern Patagonia, which includes the Tierra del Fuego archipelago.
At dawn, we will navigate our way through Almirantazgo Sound, arriving at Ainsworth Bay which is sited within Alberto De Agostini National Park. It's the perfect spot from which to see the Marinelli Glacier descending from Darwin Mountain Range in the distance, and to appreciate how the land returns to life after glacial retreat. We will also take a walk to a beaver dam in the stunning sub-polar Magellan Forest. Whether on the beach or the island, there's a good chance of sighting Southern Elephant Seals. But do bear in mind the fact that sightings cannot be guaranteed due to the colonies unpredictable movements.
Later, we will be sailing to Tuckers Islets, and after lunch, we will board well-equipped Zodiac boats to get close to a colony of Magellan Penguins (indigenous to the Southern Hemisphere) and cormorants.
* In September and April, this excursion is replaced by a short walk to a nearby glacier at Brookes Bay
We will navigate along the northwest arm of the Beagle Channel before disembarking at Pia Fjord. From there, we'll take a short hike to a panoramic viewpoint from where we can enjoy spectacular views of the awe-inspiring Pia Glacier whose main tongue extends from the mountaintops down to the sea. After this memorable experience, we will continue our voyage along the Beagle Channel through the majestic Glacier Alley.
We will be sailing through Murray Channel and Nassau Bay to reach Cape Horn National Park, where disembarking is scheduled (weather permitting). The mythical Cape Horn was discovered in 1616 and is a sheer 425-meter (1,394-foot) high rocky promontory. For many years it was an important navigation route for sailboats between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, and it is known as the End of the Earth. The park was declared a World Biosphere Reserve in 2005.
In the afternoon, we will go ashore at historical Wulaia Bay, originally the site of one of the region's largest Yamana aboriginal settlement. Charles Darwin landed there in 1833, during his voyage on the HMS Beagle. This area is also renowned for the mesmerizing beauty of its vegetation and geography. We will walk through a Magellan forest of lengas, coiges, canelos, ferns, and other endemic vegetation to reach a panoramic viewpoint.
Arrival in Ushuaia, Argentinas most important city in Tierra del Fuego, and the southernmost city in the world. Disembarking is scheduled at 8:00 a.m. Full day exploring Ushuaia. Board cruise ship at 5:30 pm. After a welcome cocktail reception offered by the Captain and his crew, the ship will depart for the uttermost part of the earth. Our trip takes us through the Strait of Magellan and Beagle Channel to explore one of the most breathtaking wilderness regions in the world: Southern Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego.
We will be sailing through Murray Channel and Nassau Bay to reach Cape Horn National Park, where, weather permitting, we shall go ashore. This will be similar to our shore landings and activities on Day 4. However, second landings at some of the more iconic spots along the route can sometimes be more rewarding than the first time around and give you more time to explore each place in depth.
We will be sailing through Brecknock, Ocasin, Cockburn, and Magdalena Channels to enter the spectacular De Agostini Sound, in the heart of the Darwin Mountain Range. This is where we shall see glaciers sliding down the mountainside all the way to the sea.
In the afternoon, in well-equipped Zodiac boats, we will travel to the Aguila Glacier where we will embark upon an easy walk to its base. It's the perfect opportunity to experience the beauty of Patagonia's cold rainforest and to see how the power of nature has moulded the spectacular landscape.
Early in the morning, weather permitting, we will go ashore on Magdalena Island, located in the middle of the Strait of Magellan. The island used to be an essential source of supplies for navigators and explorers and is inhabited by an immense colony of Magellan Penguins that we will be able to see during our walk to the lighthouse.
* In September and April, this excursion is replaced by a ride aboard Zodiacs to Marta Island to observe South American Sea Lions.
Prices, Departures and Inclusions
Prices quoted are in $USD per person based on 2 people sharing.
Availability changes all the time so please contact us for up to date details, and any cabins recently made available.
This trip can run as a group trip, with prices starting from $0 per person for a complete group. If you are looking to join a group or you are a solo traveller we will help to form likeminded groups of travellers. Please let us know your travel plans.
The trip can also run on a private basis to fit around your plans. Departures may be tailored and can be set up on a date of your choice. Please note that there is a higher price for smaller groups. Please enquire for further details.
*Cape Horn Landing is subject to weather conditions.
*In September & April, the Isla Magdalena Penguin Colony trips will be replaced by a Zodiac boat trip to the Sea Lion coloniy at Marta Island, & a walk to a glacier at Brookes Bay.
Please contact us for further details of the different cabin types. In short:
- There are a limited number of 'B' cabins on the lowest which tend to get booked up a long time in advance
- 'AAA' cabins are on a higher deck than 'AA' and 'A' cabins
- Superior cabins ('S') are approx 25% larger.
- A, AA, AAA cabins are available for single occupancy, with a 50% supplement.
- Sea transportation
- All meals
- Open bar when on duty (without additional cost for wines, beverages, and liquors)
- Shore excursions
- Onboard entertainment.
- Transport to/from Pier
- Port tax
- Migration fee
- National park fee (USD $40 Per Person)