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  • Via Australis
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  • Via Australis at Sea

The southernmost region of the world is where the expedition cruise ships Stella Australis and Via Australis, invite you to travel legendary maritime routes to "re-live" the history of navigators and aborigines in this unexplored part of the American continent a beautiful and untamable region unlike any other, beyond your imagination.

Sail through the legendary Strait of Magellan, along channels, bays and fjords, passing glaciers, snow-capped peaks, islands and unexplored forests of incomparable beauty. The imposing glaciers Serrano, d'Agostini, Garibaldi, Brookes and others will amaze you. Daily land excursions accompanied by professional guides will let you explore nature from close by and give you an idea of the history of the early inhabitants in Patagonia.

Southern Patagonia and the many fjords that dissect it abound in nature and history. Ferdinand Magellan (1480-1521) was a Portuguese explorer who led the first expedition that sailed around the Earth (1519-1522). Magellan also named the Pacific Ocean (the name means that it is a calm, peaceful ocean). On August 24, 1520, Magellens fleet reached Cape Virgenes and concluded they had found a passage through the fjords thus avoiding the hazardous trip around Cape Horn. Four ships began an arduous passage through the 373-mile long passage that Magellan called the Estreito (Canal) de Todos los Santos, ("All Saints' Channel"), because the fleet traveled through it on November 1 'All Saints' Day. The strait is now named the Strait of Magellan.


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