Cape Horn & Penguins

A spectacular voyage north from Ushuaia to Punta Arenas, through remote channels of the Patagonian fjords. Walk among Magellanic penguins, land at glistening glaciers, sail through the famous Magellan Straits, Beagle Channel and Wulaia Bay, and have the chance to land on the historic Cape Horn.

4 Days


Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • Evening boarding of the Stella Australis, set sail for the Magellan Straits
  • Land on Cape Horn (the "End of the Earth"); step ashore and learn about Wulaia Bay's history
  • Sail to the heart of the Darwin Mountains and their glaciers; zodiac excursion to Aguila Glacier
  • After visiting Magdalena Island's penguins, disembark at Punta Arenas at 11:30

Start from Ushuaia and end at Punta Arenas

Landmarks visited on Cape Horn & Penguins

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Ushuaia

Check in between 10:00 and 16:00 at 160 Juan Manuel de Rosas. Board the M/V Stella Australis cruise ship at 17:30. After a welcoming cocktail reception hosted by the Captain and his crew, the M/V Stella Australis will depart for one of the remotest parts of the planet. Our voyage 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.

Day 2:  Cape Horn - Wulaia Bay

We will be sailing through Murray Channel and Nassau Bay to reach Cape Horn National Park, where, weather permitting, we shall go ashore. The legendary 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 between the Pacific and the Atlantic, and is referred to as the "End of the Earth". The park was declared a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 2005.

In the afternoon, we will go ashore at historic Wulaia Bay, originally the site of one of the region's largest Yamana aboriginal settlements. 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 take an enchanted walk through the Magellan Forest of lengas, coigues, canelos, ferns, and other endemic vegetation, to reach a panoramic viewpoint.

Day 3:  Agostini Sound - Aguila Glacier

We will be sailing through Brecknock, Ocasian, 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.

Day 4:  Magdalena Island - Punta Arenas

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.

Finally, disembarkation at Punta Arenas is scheduled for 11:30.

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Cape Horn & Penguins

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

Prices quoted are in $USD per person based on 2 people sharing. 

Availability changes all the time, please contact us for up to date details, and any cabins recently made available.

Please note: Limited Availability, book soon to avoid disappointment!

B Cabin
A Cabin
AA Cabin
AAA Cabin
AA Superior
AAA Superior
January 2018
24-Jan-2018 Full $2,440 $2,554 $2,679 Full $3,338
31-Jan-2018 $1,895 $2,440 $2,554 $2,679 $3,183 $3,338
February 2018
7-Feb-2018 Full $2,440 $2,554 $2,679 $3,183 $3,338
14-Feb-2018 Full $2,440 $2,554 $2,679 $3,183 $3,338
28-Feb-2018 Full $2,440 Full $2,679 $3,183 $3,338
March 2018
14-Mar-2018 $1,895 $2,440 $2,554 $2,679 $3,183 $3,338
21-Mar-2018 $1,486* $1,988 $2,084 $2,181 $2,627 $2,749
28-Mar-2018 $1,486* $1,988 $2,084 $2,181 $2,627 $2,749
April 2018
4-Apr-2018 Full $1,595 $1,674 $1,753 $2,108 $2,207

* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in USD ($) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost $1486

*Cape Horn Landing is subject to weather conditions.

*In September & April, the Isla Magdalena Penguin Colony trip will be replaced by a Zodiac boat trip to the Sea Lion colony at Mart Island.

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.


  • Accommodation
  • Sea transportation
  • All meals
  • Open bar when on duty (without additional cost for wines, beverages, and liquors)
  • Shore excursions
  • Onboard entertainment


  • Port tax
  • Migration fee
  • National park fee
  • Optional tours & transportation

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