Australis Cruise Darwin's Route

8 days and 7 nights

Discover Darwin’s Route, visiting the mythical Cape Horn, the glaciers, Wulaia Bay, the Magellanic penguins at Isla Magdalena. You can enjoy all this and at the same time, experiment a unique voyage on board of a cruise, designed especially for your comfort.

Day 1: Ushuaia

The check-in is between 10:00 am an 4:00 pm at calle San Martín 409. Boarding at 5:30 pm. Welcome cocktail and introduction to the Captain and crew. After this, the liner will sail towards the south. Through the mythical Beagle Channel and the Magellan Strait you will tour the Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego.

Day 2: Cape Horn –  Wulaia Bay

We sail through Murray Channel and Nassau Bay to reach the Cape Horn National Park where we will disembark (weather permitting). The mythical Cape Horn was discovered in 1616; it is a sheer rocky promontory 425 metres high.  For many years, this was an important navigation route for sailing vessels between the Pacific and the Atlantic Oceans. This place is known as the “End of the World”, and was declared World Biosphere Reserve in 2005.

In the afternoon, we will go ashore in Bahía Wulaia, historical site, which was one of the largest aboriginal settlements in the region, the Yámanas. Charles Darwin disembarked here in 1833 during his voyage on the HMS Beagle. This area is famous for the beauty of its vegetation and geography. Walking through the Magellanic forest of lengas, coihues, canelos and ferns among other botanical species we will arrive at a panoramic viewpoint.

Day 3: Seno de Agostini – Aguila Glacier

We will navigate the Brecknock, Ocasión, Cockburn and Magdalena Channels, and finally enter the Seno De Agostini, from where we will see the glaciers that descend from the heart of the Cordillera de Darwin, some of them reaching into the sea. In the afternoon, we will go to the Aguila Glacier, where we will travel in Zodiac boats and land for a light walk through the cold Patagonian woods, until we are facing the Aguila Glacier.

Day 4: Isla Magdalena – Punta Arenas

In the early morning we will disembark on Isla Magdalena (weather permitting), this used to be an obligated stop to get supplies, for ancient seamen and adventurers. On our way to the lighthouse we will see an enormous Magellanic penguin colony.
In September and April, this excursion is replaced by landing on Isla Marta, where South American Sea lions can be seen from the Zodiac boats. Finally, we will arrive at Punta Arenas, disembarking at 11:30 am.

*The use of selfie sticks is not allowed on Isla Magdalena.

Day 5: Ainsworth Bay – Islotes Tucker

At the crack of dawn, we will navigate the Seno Almiratazgo, until we get near the Marinelli Glacier and Ainsworth Bay. We will learn about the resurgence of life after the retreat of the ice. We will go on a walk to discover a beaver dam and the wonderful sub Antarctic woods in the surroundings. On the beach or on the island we will try to view South American elephant seals. It is not possible to guarantee seeing these animals, because their colonies go changing site constantly. We continue navigating and, after lunch, we will visit the Tucker Islets, where we will see penguins and cormorants, from the Zodiac boats. In September and April, this excursion is replaced by a walk near a glacier at Brookes Bay.

Day 6: Pia Glacier – Avenue of the Glaciers

We will navigate the Northeastern branch of the Beagle Channel, to enter and disembark on the Pia Fjord. We will go on an excursion to the viewpoint from where the Pia Glacier can be seen. Its main tongue descends from the mountain chain to the sea. After this unforgettable experience, we will continue navigating under the watchful eye of the ”Avenue of the Glaciers”.

Day 7: Wulaia Bay – Cape Horn

During the morning, we will disembark at the Wulaia Bay, a historical site, which was one of the largest aboriginal settlements of Yamanas. Charles Darwin landed here in 1833 during his trip on the HMS Beagle. This place offers a magnificent view on account of the beauty of its flora and geography. We will reach a viewpoint, where lengas, coihues, canelos and ferns among other botanical species can be found.

In the afternoon, we will navigate along the Murray Channel and the Nassau Bay until we get to the Cape Horn National Park, where we will land, if the weather conditions permit. The mythical Cape Horn was discovered in 1616; it is a sheer rocky promontory 425 meters high.  For many years, this was an important navigation route for sailing vessels between the Pacific and the Atlantic Oceans.This place is known as the “End of the World”, and was declared World Biosphere Reserve in 2005.

Day 8: Ushuaia

Arrival in Ushuaia, the most important Argentine city in Tierra del Fuego and the southernmost city in the world. Disembarking at 08:00am. 

Included in the Package

  • Rates include accommodation
  • sea transportation
  • all meals
  • open bar when on duty (without additional cost for wines, beverages, and liquors)
  • shore excursions and on board entertainment

Not Included

  • Rate does not include port tax, migration fee, and national park fee.The cost per person is the following: - Ushuaia - Ushuaia route: US$40.- (dollars) The cost may be modified by the port authorities of each country.
  • Optional tours and transportation are not included in the cruise rate

Notes

  • "The companies" reserve the right to modify the cruise rates and departure dates published, without prior notice.
  • The rates “since”only for a limited cabin stock per departure.

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Ushuaia
 

Ushuaia is located in the south of Argentina, in the Big Island of Tierra del Fuego; it is the southernmost city in the world; it is situated on the coast of the bay with the same name, on the Beagle Channel.Ushuaia is surrounded by sea, lakes, woods and mountains. It is a pretty and picturesque city which has an important accommodation infrastructure providing high quality services for tourists from all over the world during the whole year.

Ushuaia
 

Ushuaia is located in the south of Argentina, in the Big Island of Tierra del Fuego; it is the southernmost city in the world; it is situated on the coast of the bay with the same name, on the Beagle Channel.Ushuaia is surrounded by sea, lakes, woods and mountains. It is a pretty and picturesque city which has an important accommodation infrastructure providing high quality services for tourists from all over the world during the whole year.

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