5 Nights: Wildlife, Glaciers & Cape Horn

Explore remote fjords on this expedition from Punta Arenas to Cape Horn and back. Sail through Glacier Alley in the Beagle Channel to the end of the world at Cape Horn; stop at Wulaia Bay and the Águila Glacier and walk on Magdalena Island, home to thousands of Magellanic penguins. Explore remote fjords on this expedition from Punta Arenas to Cape Horn and back. Sail through Glacier Alley in the Beagle Channel to the end of the world at Cape Horn; stop at Wulaia Bay and the Águila Glacier and walk on Magdalena Island, home to thousands of Magellanic penguins.
6 Days

5 Nights: Wildlife, Glaciers & Cape Horn - 6 - $2,590

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

Day 1: Depart from Punta Arenas 

Day 2: Pia Glacier and Glacier Alley 

Day 3: Cape Horn and Wulaia Bay 

Day 4: Águila Glacier

Day 5: Parry Fjord and Ainsworth Bay

Day 6: Magdalena Island to Punta Arenas

Start from Punta Arenas and end at Punta Arenas

Landmarks visited on 5 Nights: Wildlife, Glaciers & Cape Horn

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Depart from Punta Arenas

The starting point of the expedition cruise is the port city of Punta Arenas. Departure is at 6pm and on the first evening onboard we'll enjoy a first-class dinner and an introductory lecture to get to know the captain, his crew and the expedition team.

Day 2: Pia Glacier and Glacier Alley

By the morning we are entering Pia Fjord and will board Zodiac boats for a shore excursion to Pia Glacier. It's a short hike to a panoramic view of the spectacular glacier, which extends from the mountains down to the sea. You can also choose a longer, more difficult walk up a lateral moraine of the old Pia Glacier.

Back onboard the ship, we continue east along the Beagle Channel through an area called Glacier Alley. This passage hosts a number of impressive tidewater glaciers flowing down from the Darwin Mountains and Darwin Ice Sheet on the north shore.

Day 3: Cape Horn and Wulaia Bay

In the early morning, the ship will be navigating across Nassau Bay into the remote archipelago that includes Cape Horn National Park. Weather and sea conditions permitting, we'll go ashore on the windswept island to visit the legendary Cape Horn (Cabo de Hornos).

Discovered in 1616 by a Dutch maritime expedition – and named after the town of Hoorn in West Friesland – Cape Horn is a sheer 425m (1,394ft) high rocky promontory overlooking the turbulent waters of the Drake Passage. For many years it was the only navigation route between the Pacific and Atlantic, and was often referred to as the 'End of the Earth'. In 2005 UNESCO declared the park a World Biosphere Reserve.

Sailing back across Nassau Bay, we anchor at fabled Wulaia Bay, one of the few places in the archipelago where human history is just as compelling as the natural environment. Originally the site of one of the region’s largest aboriginal settlements, the bay was described by Charles Darwin and sketched by Captain FitzRoy in the 1830s during their voyages on the HMS Beagle.

Day 4: Águila Glacier

We'll sail through the Cockburn Channel early in the morning and enter Agostini Sound. From there it is possible to see the glaciers that descend from the middle of the Darwin Mountain Range – some of them reaching the water.

We will leave the ship for an easy walk around a lagoon, formed by the melting of the Águila Glacier. We will reach a spot right in front of the glacier with stunning views.

Day 5: Parry Fjord and Ainsworth Bay

At dawn we will navigate Parry Fjord. From this area we'll have excellent views of the various glaciers that come down to the sea from the upper icefield. Onboard Zodiac boats, we'll travel to the far end of the fjord to an amphitheatre of glaciers in an area sometimes home to leopard seals.

In the afternoon, we will navigate our way through Almirantazgo Sound, arriving at Ainsworth Bay in the 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.

Day 6: Magdalena Island to Punta Arenas

After cruising overnight through the Magdalena Channel and back into the Strait of Magellan, we anchor off Magdalena Island, about halfway between Tierra del Fuego and the Chilean mainland. Crowned by a distinctive lighthouse, this island used to be an essential source of supplies for navigators and explorers and is now inhabited by a large colony of Magellanic penguins.

At the break of dawn, weather permitting, we will go ashore and hike a path that leads through thousands of penguins to a small museum inside the 1902 lighthouse. There are many other bird species to be found on the island. After a short cruise south along the strait, disembarkation in Punta Arenas is scheduled for around 11.30am.

About The Ship

The brand new Ventus Australis is a 210-passenger ship designed for exploring the remote southern tip of South America. It has been built with great manoeuvrability for sailing through the narrow fjords and channels where other ships can not venture.

Adventure Cruising in Southern Patagonia

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

The base price of USD $2,590 per person is based on 2 people sharing an A Cabin

Availability changes all the time. Please contact us for up to date details of any cabins recently made available.

Please note: There is always limited availability; book soon to avoid disappointment!



Additional Notes

Excursion notes – Cape Horn Landing is subject to weather conditions

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 approximately 25% larger

Single Supplement And Child Policy

Single supplement and solo travellers – The cruise operator does not have a 'willing to share' policy. If you are a solo traveller 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 complimentary travel cots. Please note, they will still be charged the port tax.

Child policy – 4 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: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
  • Drinks: all drinks during bar opening hours (alcoholic and nonalcoholic)
  • Accommodation: cabin as requested (5 nights)
  • Excursions: 6 (as detailed in itinerary)
  • On board activities and lectures


  • Port tax (USD $75 per person)
  • Meals not indicated in itinerary
  • Any extra/optional excursions
  • National park entrance fee
  • Transfers to/from cruise
  • Personal equipment (see our recommended kit list)
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Gratuities/tips
  • International and domestic/in-country flights
  • Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses

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