Wildlife, Glaciers & Cape Horn

Voyage south from Punta Arenas to Ushuaia on an adventure cruise packed with incredible wildlife, fascinating history, and the chance to set foot on Cape Horn. Sail through the famous Magellan Straits, Beagle Channel and Wulaia Bay, with landings at several glaciers, and a Magellanic penguin colony.

5 Days

$1,565

Wildlife, Glaciers & Cape Horn - 5 - $1,565

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • A totally unique experience aboard the Australis 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. Board the M/V Stella Australis cruise ship 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.


Day 2: Ainsworth Bay - Tuckers Islets*

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 colony's 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.


Day 3: Pia Glacier - Glacier Alley

We will navigate 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 we 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, we will then continue our 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 and Italy.


Day 4: Wulaia Bay - Cape Horn

During the morning we will sail south through 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-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 we will navigate through Murray Channel, going ashore at historical 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 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.

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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 2019
21-Sep-2019 $1,565* $2,122 $2,228 $2,289 $2,680 $2,850 Offer available
29-Sep-2019 $1,565* $2,122 $2,228 $2,289 $2,680 $2,850 Offer available
October 2019
7-Oct-2019 $1,960 $2,620 $2,731 $2,814 $3,333 $3,531 Offer available
11-Oct-2019 $1,960 $2,620 $2,731 $2,814 $3,333 $3,531 Offer available
15-Oct-2019 $1,960 $2,620 $2,731 $2,814 $3,333 $3,531 Offer available
19-Oct-2019 $1,960 $2,620 $2,731 $2,814 $3,333 $3,531 Offer available
23-Oct-2019 $1,960 $2,620 $2,731 $2,814 $3,333 $3,531 Offer available
27-Oct-2019 $1,960 $2,620 $2,731 $2,814 $3,333 $3,531 Offer available
31-Oct-2019 $1,960 $2,620 $2,731 $2,814 $3,333 $3,531 Offer available
November 2019
4-Nov-2019 $2,478 $3,177 $3,337 $3,456 $4,067 $4,274 Offer available
8-Nov-2019 $2,298 $3,177 $3,337 $3,456 $4,067 $4,274 Offer available
16-Nov-2019 $2,298 $3,177 $3,337 $3,456 $4,067 $4,274 Offer available
20-Nov-2019 $2,298 $3,177 $3,337 $3,456 $4,067 $4,274 Offer available
24-Nov-2019 $2,298 $3,177 $3,337 $3,456 $4,067 $4,274 Offer available
28-Nov-2019 $2,298 $3,177 $3,337 $3,456 $4,067 $4,274 Offer available
December 2019
2-Dec-2019 $2,298 $3,177 $3,337 $3,456 $4,067 $4,274 Offer available
6-Dec-2019 $2,298 $3,177 $3,337 $3,456 $4,067 $4,274 Offer available
10-Dec-2019 $2,298 $3,177 $3,337 $3,456 $4,067 $4,274 Offer available
14-Dec-2019 $2,298 $3,177 $3,337 $3,456 $4,067 $4,274 Offer available
18-Dec-2019 $2,298 $3,177 $3,337 $3,456 $4,067 $4,274 Offer available
22-Dec-2019 $2,298 $3,177 $3,337 $3,456 $4,067 $4,274 Offer available
26-Dec-2019 $2,298 $3,177 $3,337 $3,456 $4,067 $4,274 Offer available
30-Dec-2019 $2,298 $3,177 $3,337 $3,456 $4,067 $4,274 Offer available
January 2020
3-Jan-2020 $2,298 $3,177 $3,337 $3,456 $4,067 $4,274
7-Jan-2020 $2,298 $3,177 $3,337 $3,456 $4,067 $4,274
11-Jan-2020 $2,298 $3,177 $3,337 $3,456 $4,067 $4,274
15-Jan-2020 $2,298 $3,177 $3,337 $3,456 $4,067 $4,274
19-Jan-2020 $2,298 $3,177 $3,337 $3,456 $4,067 $4,274
23-Jan-2020 $2,298 $3,177 $3,337 $3,456 $4,067 $4,274
27-Jan-2020 $2,298 $3,177 $3,337 $3,456 $4,067 $4,274
31-Jan-2020 $2,298 $3,177 $3,337 $3,456 $4,067 $4,274
February 2020
4-Feb-2020 $2,298 $3,177 $3,337 $3,456 $4,067 $4,274
8-Feb-2020 $2,298 $3,177 $3,337 $3,456 $4,067 $4,274
12-Feb-2020 $2,298 $3,177 $3,337 $3,456 $4,067 $4,274
16-Feb-2020 $2,298 $3,177 $3,337 $3,456 $4,067 $4,274
20-Feb-2020 $2,298 $3,177 $3,337 $3,456 $4,067 $4,274
March 2020
3-Mar-2020 $2,298 $3,177 $3,337 $3,456 $4,067 $4,274
7-Mar-2020 $2,298 $3,177 $3,337 $3,456 $4,067 $4,274
11-Mar-2020 $2,298 $3,177 $3,337 $3,456 $4,067 $4,274
15-Mar-2020 $1,960 $2,620 $2,731 $2,814 $3,333 $3,531
23-Mar-2020 $1,960 $2,620 $2,731 $2,814 $3,333 $3,531
27-Mar-2020 $1,960 $2,620 $2,731 $2,814 $3,333 $3,531
31-Mar-2020 $1,960 $2,620 $2,731 $2,814 $3,333 $3,531
April 2020
4-Apr-2020 $1,565* $2,122 $2,228 $2,289 $2,680 $2,850

* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in USD ($) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost $1565

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.

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.

Includes

  • 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

Excludes

  • Port tax ($60 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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