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Chilean Fjords Cruise Expedition: Ushuaia to Valparaiso

Duration
14 Days
Prices From:
US$ 8,295

Venture through the Patagonian ice sheets on an unforgettable cruise at the edge of the world. Starting in Ushuaia, Argentina and ending in Valparaiso, Chile, you’ll cruise through the fjords and channels of Patagonia, hike through ancient beech forests, watch glaciers calving ice into the water, and explore Torres del Paine National Park.


This 14-day Chilean cruise takes you from Ushuaia at the southern tip of Argentina to Valparaiso on the coast west of Santiago. It features moderate accommodations, shared tours, and is a great option for adventurous travellers.

Your cruise begins in Ushuaia, the southernmost urban centre in Argentina, tucked away on the tip of Tierra del Fuego. In Ushuaia, board the RCGS Resolute, a 3-star cruise vessel well-equipped to brave icy waters and venture through the channels of Patagonia. From Ushuaia, venture west along the Beagle Channel which separates Argentina and Chile and make for Garibaldi Fjord, where you’ll be treated to a backdrop of glaciers and mountains. Enter Alberto de Agostini National Park and the western tip of Tierra del Fuego and cruise along the glaciers of Marinelli and Serrano. Enter the Magellan Strait and reach Cabo San Isidro, where you’ll see the southernmost lighthouse in South America. Head for a hike through the Magellanic southern beech forests and reach Aguila Bay, which was a prominent whaling station in the 19th century.

Enter Chile’s Inside Passage and head for Puerto Natales, cruising through a landscape of forested mountains, snow-capped peaks, mighty waterfalls, and towering glaciers. Reach Torres del Paine National Park and head on a full-day excursion within the park. You’ll gaze upon the Towers, three monoliths at the centre of the park, and see the glacial lakes, barren plateaus, and stunning mountain ranges that defines Patagonia. In the nighttime, head north through the Kirke Channel and make for Montanas Fjord, stopping off at Bernal Glacier along the way.

Connect into Peel Fjord and ride a zodiac out to the faces of Asia and Amalia Glaciers, watching as ice calves off the glaciers into the waters before you. You may also spot some Rock Cormorants, Andean Condors, and South American Sea Lions during your excursion. Continue to Wellington Island, home to one of the world’s most remote communities, where you’ll visit the tiny Indigenous village of Puerto Eden, home to the last of the Kaweskar people. Venture onward to the Chonos Archipelago, exploring the national park of the hilly, forested island and home to the Chono people. On Chiloe Island, you’ll stop for a day in Castro, the provincial capital and third-oldest city in Chile. Visit the beautiful, UNESCO-listed wooden churches, stroll alongside the harbour to admire the colourful homes on stilts, and enjoy the coastal atmosphere.

On the final leg of your Chilean cruise, you’ll head along the mouth of the Valdivia River to Niebla, a coastal town inhabited by the Mapuche tribe. Venture through the town and explore the nearby Fuerto de Niebla, the remains of a costal fort built by the Spanish to protect the river estuary. You’ll then cruise along the coastline to Valparaiso, your final destination, where you’ll disembark and have the freedom to explore this coastal Chilean city or connect to Santiago, the capital. Consider extending your stay in Chile with a few nights in Valparaiso and Santiago.


 

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Duration
14 Days
Prices From:
US$ 8,295

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Day 1

Ushuaia, Argentina

Our journey through Chile's spectacular fjord region commences this afternoon in Ushuaia (Argentina). Excitement is in the air as we enjoy a welcome cocktail and dinner before casting off, bound for the stunning landscapes of Patagonia, rugged coastal Chile and historic city of Valparaiso.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration13 Nights
Accommodation

RCGS Resolute

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    RCGS Resolute


    Designed for comfort, RCGS Resolute is modern, well appointed, safe and ice-strengthened. From small group sessions to briefings for all passengers, we have public spaces onboard the ship ideally suited for each and every need. Two separate bar and lounge areas featuring 180 degree views ...

    Designed for comfort, RCGS Resolute is modern, well appointed, safe and ice-strengthened. From small group sessions to briefings for all passengers, we have public spaces onboard the ship ideally suited for each and every need. Two separate bar and lounge areas featuring 180 degree views and a wonderfully stocked library provide ideal places to relax or catch up on some reading. The sumptuous meals prepared for you by our culinary team are enjoyed in either of our two dining rooms, one of which features our popular bistro menu offering quick and easy meals for those prioritizing time out on deck. Both dining rooms have ample and open seating paired with modern furnishings and large picture windows with 180 degree views. Other facilities include our theater style presentation room, gift-shop, gymnasium, wellness center, Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room and salt water pool.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Fitness Rooms
    • Gift Shop
    • Jacuzzi
    • Lounge
    • Massage Rooms
    • Plunge Pool
    • Sauna

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Day 2

Garibaldi Fjord and Alberto de Agostini National Park

During the night, we have sailed in a westerly direction along the Beagle Channel, which separates Argentina from neighboring Chile. This morning we enter Garibaldi Fjord, where two glaciers rise up towards a stunning mountain backdrop. We take to the Zodiacs for the first time and explore them from a safe distance. In the afternoon, we arrive at Alberto de Agostini National Park.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Alberto de Agostini National Park and Marinelli Glacier

Sailing through the night, by morning we have rounded the western tip of the great isle of Tierra del Fuego. We take in views of the ice-capped peaks of the Darwin Range as we enter remote D'Agostini Sound. Here, the Dainelli and Serrano Glaciers, along with several others, cascade into the sea. Our captain will assess current ice and weather conditions to determine where we can land to explore from shore.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Magellan Strait and Cabo San Isdro

We arrive at Cabo San Isidro, on the north shore of the Magellan Strait, and site of the southernmost lighthouse on the continent. This is our opportunity to enter the normally impenetrable Magellanic southern beech forests. A hiking trail follows the shoreline, passing shell middens left by the indigenous Kaweskar people, leading from Aguila Bay, a site of an important whaling station over a century ago.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Inside Passage Puerto Natales

Today we cruise through the maze of channels that form Chile's Inside Passage, as we make our way northward towards Puerto Natales. Enjoy the views of forested mountains, snow-capped peaks, waterfalls and glaciers that continue for mile after mile from the comforts of the observation lounge or ship's outer decks.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6

Torres Del Paine National Park

For many, today will be one of the highlights of the trip as we head ashore for a full-day excursion to Torres del Paine National Park. This iconic location boasts some of the most stunning mountain scenery in the world, with the celebrated 'towers' (from which the park gets its name) looming above the surrounding plateau and glacier-fed lake systems. Powerful waterfalls surge through narrow channels between the lakes, and there are some excellent short hikes to lookouts and viewpoints, providing jaw-dropping views of the immense massif.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 7

Montanas Fjord and Bernal Glaciers

Departing Puerto Natales by night, we position ourselves north of the Kirke Channel, waiting for optimal conditions to make our way through this narrow and spectacular channel. While we wait, we may be treated to the sight of Andean Condors. Following our pass through the Kirke Channel, we head north into the steep-sided Montanas Fjord, where we stop at the Bernal Glacier for an up-close view.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 8

Peel Fjord - Asia and Amalia Glaciers

Navigating into Peel Fjord, we make our way towards the impressive glaciers of this region. If you're on the outer decks for a morning coffee or photography session you may hear what sounds to be thunder - a noise stemming from glacier movement and breakage known as calving. After breakfast, we'll make our way onto the water where, from the low vantage point of our Zodiacs or Kayaks, the sheer scale of the glacier faces is an experience you won't forget. Be on the lookout for wildlife such as South American Sea Lions, Rock Cormorants, and Andean Condors.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 9

Wellington Island and Puerto Eden

We awaken off the shores of Wellington Island, alongside one of the most isolated inhabited places in the world. The tiny indigenous village of Puerto Eden is home to the last remaining Kaweskar people.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 10

Chonos Archipelago and Guamblin Island

Sailing through the Chonos Archipelago, a patchwork of windswept islands named for the canoeing people who once made their home here, we stop at Guamblin Island. This forested and hilly island, once inhabited by the Chono people, is now a remote and infrequently visited National Park.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 11

Castro and Chiloe Island

We have moved to milder climes and are now in position close to the town of Castro - the provincial capital of the island of Chiloe. The town was founded in 1567 and is the third oldest city in Chile. Today it is known for its elaborate churches, made entirely of wood, which have earned it a designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We make our way ashore and are immediately struck by the colourful houses built on stilts around the harbour. Known as 'palafitos', they are simple homes built by local fisherman. The local markets are a highlight and showcase some of the most impressive crafts and textiles in the country. Reboarding the ship in the afternoon, we hug the coastline, hoping to see the snow-capped summits of the many active volcanoes that characterize this region.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 12

Coastal Cruising and Niebla

Located at the mouth of the Valdivia River, Niebla is an intriguing coastal town with rich history. Inhabited for centuries by the indigenous Mapuche tribe, Europeans first discovered it in the mid-15th century. Take in the historical remains of Fuerte de Niebla - part of an important fort system established by the conquering Spanish army to protect the estuary of the Valdivia River.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 13

Coastal Cruising towards Valparaiso

As we make our way towards the historic port of Valparaiso, the educational presentations continue and we enjoy an entertaining voyage recap by our Expedition Leader. Join our photography expert in the multimedia room, where you can download and/or back up your precious images. Or spend time outside on the observation decks, in our spacious lounges or on the bridge. It's a fitting time to reflect on a wonderful expedition. This evening we enjoy a special dinner attended by the Captain of the ship.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 14

Valparaiso, Chile

This morning we arrive at Valparaiso. A transfer to downtown Santiago, via Santiago Airport, is provided for all guests, however Valparaiso is well worth a day or two of exploration if your schedule allows.

Meal Plan Breakfast

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DEPARTURES:

2020: 28 Mar
2021: 30 Mar

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 13 Nights ship-board accommodation
  • Meals as indicated
  • Daily afternoon tea
  • Experienced Expedition Leaders
  • Daily off-ship excursions by Zodiac including
    • Guided hikes and walks on shore
    • Visits to wildlife colonies and historic site
    • Community visits
  • Port fees and all permits to access visited areas
  • All taxes

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Transfers to/from pier
  • Sea Kayaking excursion
  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

OTHER INFORMATION:

You will have the use of an expedition gear package free of charge. Containing around $US900 worth of essential equipment, this kit includes a quality waterproof/ windproof jacket and bib-pants plus insulated rubber boots designed for extended walking. Also included is a set of binoculars and a Nordic trekking pole for use when on shore. A waterproof backpack completes your package. This kit saves you buying expensive clothing and equipment you may only ever use once. It also eliminates the need to carry such cumbersome gear to the ship (total weight around 8kg/17lbs).

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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