Wildlife, Glaciers & Cape Horn

Voyage south from Punta Arenas to Ushuaia on an adventure cruise packed with incredible wildlife, fascinating history, and breathtaking wild scenery. Sail through the famous Magellan Straits and Beagle Channel, with landings at glaciers, the fabled Cape Horn and a visit to a Magellanic penguin colony.

Voyage south from Punta Arenas to Ushuaia on an adventure cruise packed with incredible wildlife, fascinating history, and breathtaking wild scenery. Sail through the famous Magellan Straits and Beagle Channel, with landings at glaciers, the fabled Cape Horn and a visit to a Magellanic penguin colony.

5 Days

Wildlife, Glaciers & Cape Horn - 5 - $2,165

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • A totally unique experience aboard an adventure cruise, exploring the remote, generally inaccessible, Cape Horn and the southern fjords
  • Sail the Magellan Straits, Beagle Channel and Glacier Alley, anchor up and choose your preferred hikes
  • Reach the Tucker Islets and see the Magellan penguin colony
  • Step ashore and learn about Wulaia Bay's history, visiting the iconic lighthouse and the indigenous museum
  • Witness the region be brought to life through the expedition leaders' knowledge of the geology, glaciology, flora, fauna, culture, and history

Start from Punta Arenas and end at Ushuaia

Landmarks visited on Wildlife, Glaciers & Cape Horn

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1Punta Arenas

Check in at 1385 O'Higgins Street (Arturo Prat Port) between 13:00 and 17:00, ready to board the vessel 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.

The journey will take you 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: Ainsworth Bay to Tuckers Islets*

At dawn, the ship will navigate its 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.

You'll 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, although do bear in mind the fact that sightings cannot be guaranteed due to the colony's unpredictable movements.

Later, you'll sail to Tuckers Islets and, following lunch, board Zodiac boats to get closer 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.

Day 3: Pia Glacier to Glacier Alley

The day will begin navigating along the northwest arm of the Beagle Channel before disembarking at Pia Fjord. You are able to choose one of two hikes from here. The first is a shorter hike to a panoramic viewpoint from where you can enjoy spectacular views of the awe-inspiring Pia Glacier whose main tongue extends from the mountaintops down to the sea. The second is a longer, more challenging ascent of a lateral moraine of the Pia Glacier. 

Relishing in the sights, you will then continue the voyage along the Beagle Channel through the majestic Glacier Alley. A number of impressive tidewater glaciers flowing from the Darwin Mountains and Darwin Ice sheet can be observed; most of them named after European countries –including Holland, Spain, Germany, France and Italy.

Day 4: Wulaia Bay to Cape Horn

During the morning you will sail south through Nassau Bay to reach Cape Horn National Park, where, weather permitting, you shall go ashore. The legendary Cape Horn was discovered in 1616 and is a sheer 425-metre (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 the ship will continue further, heading through Murray Channel which will bring you to a landing on the shore at historical Wulaia Bay, originally the site of one of the region's largest Yamana aboriginal settlements. Charles Darwin landed here in 1833 during his voyage on the HMS Beagle. This area is also renowned for the mesmerizing beauty of its vegetation and geography. You'll walk through the enchanted Magellan Forest of lengas, coigues, canelos, ferns, and other endemic vegetation, to reach a panoramic viewpoint.

Day 5: Ushuaia

Sail into Argentine waters and arrive in Ushuaia, the capital of Tierra del Fuego and the southernmost city in the world. Disembark the cruise between 08:30 and 09:30 for onward travel.

Photography special:

The departure on 16 February 2022 operates a special photography program. There will be an expert photographer onboard running photography workshops and sharing techniques as you explore the pristine landscapes, both onboard and during landings. Please note, these will only be available to those signed up to the programme, not to all guests on board, so please do request this at the point of booking.

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What our customers think

Our cruise was really lovely. We learned a lot from the onboard lectures- about glaciology and also the history of the Yamana people. We enjoyed the zodiac excursions, we usually took the “easy” option because it came with more educational time.

Mindy De Hooge United States Of America December 2018

Our highlight was the cruise from Punta Arenas to Ushuaia - landing on Cape Horn was amazing!

Jacky Wu United States Of America February 2019

The cruise was fantastic. Every minute was an highlight! We saw tons of wildlife, dolphins, whales, seals, pinguins, and many birds. The guides were super, very interesting information, multi languages, and very friendly.

Anne Marie Mot United States Of America February 2019

I was blown away at the thoughtfullness that went into the experience and the level of service and consideration towards the guest. I greatly appreciated the historic/informative talks and movies, and the onship library was a treat.

Stephani Dalbesio United States Of America December 2018

It was a great trip – I loved seeing the marine mammals and wildlife.

Amy Rosen United States Of America March 2019

Adventure Cruising in Southern Patagonia

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
September 2021
25-Sep-2021 Full $2,165* $2,255 $2,375 $2,795 $2,915
October 2021
3-Oct-2021 Full $2,670 $2,790 $2,990 $3,475 $3,630
11-Oct-2021 Full $2,670 $2,790 $2,990 $3,475 $3,630
19-Oct-2021 Full $2,670 $2,790 $2,990 $3,475 $3,630
23-Oct-2021 Full $2,670 $2,790 $2,990 $3,475 $3,630
27-Oct-2021 Full $2,670 $2,790 $2,990 $3,475 $3,630
November 2021
4-Nov-2021 Full $3,499 $3,720 $3,990 $4,485 $4,750
8-Nov-2021 Full $3,499 $3,720 $3,990 $4,485 $4,750
12-Nov-2021 Full $3,499 $3,720 $3,990 $4,485 $4,750
16-Nov-2021 Full $3,499 $3,720 $3,990 $4,485 $4,750
20-Nov-2021 Full $3,499 $3,720 $3,990 $4,485 $4,750
24-Nov-2021 Full $3,499 $3,720 $3,990 $4,485 $4,750
28-Nov-2021 Full $3,499 $3,720 $3,990 $4,485 $4,750
December 2021
2-Dec-2021 Full $3,499 $3,720 $3,990 $4,485 $4,750
6-Dec-2021 Full $3,499 $3,720 $3,990 $4,485 $4,750
10-Dec-2021 Full $3,499 $3,720 $3,990 $4,485 $4,750
14-Dec-2021 Full $3,499 $3,720 $3,990 $4,485 $4,750
18-Dec-2021 Full $3,499 $3,720 $3,990 $4,485 $4,750
22-Dec-2021 Full $3,499 $3,720 $3,990 $4,485 $4,750
26-Dec-2021 Full $3,499 $3,720 $3,990 $4,485 $4,750
30-Dec-2021 Full $3,499 $3,720 $3,990 $4,485 $4,750
January 2022
3-Jan-2022 Full $3,499 $3,720 $3,990 $4,485 $4,750
7-Jan-2022 Full $3,499 $3,720 $3,990 $4,485 $4,750
11-Jan-2022 Full $3,499 $3,720 $3,990 $4,485 $4,750
15-Jan-2022 Full $3,499 $3,720 $3,990 $4,485 $4,750
19-Jan-2022 Full $3,499 $3,720 $3,990 $4,485 $4,750
23-Jan-2022 Full $3,499 $3,720 $3,990 $4,485 $4,750
27-Jan-2022 Full $3,499 $3,720 $3,990 $4,485 $4,750
31-Jan-2022 Full $3,499 $3,720 $3,990 $4,485 $4,750
February 2022
4-Feb-2022 Full $3,499 $3,720 $3,990 $4,485 $4,750
8-Feb-2022 Full $3,499 $3,720 $3,990 $4,485 $4,750
12-Feb-2022 Full $3,499 $3,720 $3,990 $4,485 $4,750
16-Feb-2022 Full $3,499 $3,720 $3,990 $4,485 $4,750
20-Feb-2022 Full $3,499 $3,720 $3,990 $4,485 $4,750
24-Feb-2022 Full $3,499 $3,720 $3,990 $4,485 $4,750
28-Feb-2022 Full $3,499 $3,720 $3,990 $4,485 $4,750
March 2022
4-Mar-2022 Full $3,499 $3,720 $3,990 $4,485 $4,750
8-Mar-2022 Full $3,499 $3,720 $3,990 $4,485 $4,750
12-Mar-2022 Full $3,499 $3,720 $3,990 $4,485 $4,750
16-Mar-2022 Full $3,499 $3,720 $3,990 $4,485 $4,750
20-Mar-2022 Full $2,670 $2,790 $2,990 $3,475 $3,630
24-Mar-2022 Full $2,670 $2,790 $2,990 $3,475 $3,630
28-Mar-2022 Full $2,670 $2,790 $2,990 $3,475 $3,630
April 2022
5-Apr-2022 Full $2,165* $2,255 $2,375 $2,795 $2,915

* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in USD ($) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost $2165

Additional Notes

Excursion notes:

*Cape Horn Landing is subject to weather conditions.

*In September & April, due to penguin migration, the Isla Magdalena Penguin Colony trip will be replaced by a Zodiac boat trip to the Sea Lion colony at Marta Island. The excursion to Tuckers Islets is replaced by a trekking expedition near a glacier in Brookes Bay.

Program notes:

*The departure on 16 February 2022 operates a special photography program. Please note, these will only be available to those signed up to the programme, so please do request this at the point of booking.

Cabin details: 

Please contact us for further details of the different cabin types. In short:

  • There are a limited number of 'B' cabins on the lowest deck 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.

Single Supplement And Child Policy

Single supplement & Solo travellers - the cruise operator does not have a willing to share policy. If you are a solo travellers or would like a single cabin, there is a 50% surcharge.

Baby policy - 0 to 3 year olds travel for free if sharing a bed with parents. Please ask for availability of a complementary travel cots. Please note, they will still be charged the port tax.

Child policy - 3 to 12 year olds receive a 50% discount when sharing a cabin with an adult.

Extra beds - it is possible to turn certain cabins into triple cabins; for availability and rates please contact us.


  • Meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Drinks: all drinks during bar opening hours (alcoholic and nonalcoholic)
  • Accommodation: Cabin as requested (4 nights)
  • Excursions: 5 (as detailed in itinerary)
  • On board: activities & lectures


  • Port tax ($75 USD per person)
  • Meals not indicated in itinerary
  • Any extra/optional excursions
  • National Park entrance fee
  • Transfers to/from cruise
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal Equipment (request our recommended kit list for more details)
  • Gratuities/Tips
  • International and domestic/in country flights

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