Summary : Enjoy an unforgettable experience along the Pacific coast of South America, which offers contrasting landscapes and pristine lands. From the legendary port of Valparaiso, set sail from Chile to Argentina. Cruise along the 40th parallel and be captivated by the incomparable beauty of the Lake District landscapes. Discover Tortel which is located at the mouth of the Baker River, one of the most beautiful in Chile. Explore Torres del Paine National Park. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, this park is one of the most beautiful places on Earth. Sail across the Strait of Magellan and rounding the famous Cape Horn reaching Ushuaia, a small city at the end of the world nestled between mountains and fertile plains where abundant wildlife has taken up residence.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Triple/Quad Cabins
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Located south of Santiago, the legendary Valparaiso is the second largest city in Chile. It is also a splendid city full of history, justifying its nickname “gem of the Pacific”, and its status as a UNESCO World Heritage site. You can stroll along the steep streets and explore. At every turning, you’ll get a refreshing view of the sea. Embark the ship in the late afternoon.
At the heart of the Lake District, your ship will slip through the calm waters of an archipelago of 40 islands. Chiloe is a lush green island, home to 16 wooden churches that are listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites. Remarkable for their architecture, they are inspired by naval construction techniques. You can also admire the Palafitos, brightly colored wooden houses on stilts which seem to float on the water at high tide. Keep an eye out for seals and porpoises too.
Enjoy a picturesque stopover in southern Chile, the colorful city of Puerto Montt is the capital of the Lake District. Discover reminders of its colonial past, especially the Plaza de Armas and the neoclassical cathedral. The Manuel Montt lookout gives stunning views of the bay’s sapphire beauty. Close to the town, the peaceful banks of Lake Llanquihue are conducive for relaxation and walking. Walk and explore the quaint, traditional villages of Puerto Varas and Frutillar. Both are well worth a visit.
A picturesque, colorful fishing village, Tortel boasts a splendid location in the heart of southern Patagonia, halfway between Puerto Montt and Cape Horn. From the little streets made up of small walkways, you’ll love the grand panorama of rounded mountains, dense forest, the clear waters of the Pacific. If you walk out onto one of the many wooden pontoons, you can admire the views as you stand suspended above the water. The village is scattered with sculptures made by local artists, an excellent introduction to this friendly community.
Located in the heart of Chilean Patagonia, capital of the Última Esperanza province, the village of Puerto Natales will win you over with its brightly colored houses nestling in the shade of the Andes. A walk along the coastal Pedro-Montt avenue, gives splendid views of the Almirante Montt gulf, a stretch of crystalline water that links Puerto Natales to the Pacific. The Museo Historico documents urban and rural life and the indigenous history of the environment. Puerto Natales is also the closest town to the spectacular Torres del Paine National Park, a remarkable reserve protected by UNESCO.
It's at the meeting point between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans that you enter Chilean Patagonia where you head for the Tierra del Fuego archipelago and its famous Cape Horn. From the top of its impressive high cliff, South America's southernmost tip has, for many centuries, seen merchant ships from the world over passing by.
After breakfast, disembark the vessel and transfer to the airport for your flight to Buenos Aires.
Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to weather conditions - and the wildlife you encounter. Flexibility is the key to the success of this expedition. ExpeditionTrips.com is not responsible for itinerary changes.
Bilingual Departures: All departures French/English.
One-way flight from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires in economy class; transfer from ship to Ushuaia airport; meals on board the ship; Captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner; coffee, juice, soft drinks and open bar (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands); boot rental; gratuities; luggage transfer from pier to the ship and vice versa; 24-hour room service (special selection); butler service is included for guests staying on Deck 6. Subject to change without notice.
Airfare except mentioned as included; any ground services before and/or after the cruise; visa and passport fees; travel and medical insurance; personal expenses such as onboard medical consultations and drug prescriptions, spa, laundry and hair salon; other drinks not included in open bar; fuel surcharge may apply.
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