In the heart of Chilean Fjords
11 days with Ponant Rating:
Day 1 – VALPARAISO
Embarkation from 17H00 to 18H00. Departure at 20H00.
Located about 100 kilometres south of Santiago, the legendary Valparaiso is the second largest city in Chile. It is also a splendid city, full of history: two qualities justifying its nickname “gem of the Pacific” and its status as a UNESCO World Heritage site. You can stroll along the steep streets, on foot or by cable car, and explore the many admirable sites like the delicate Iglesia de la Matriz, Sotomayor square, Bellavista hill, or Sebastiana house where the author Pablo Neruda lived. At every turning, you’ll get a refreshing view of the sea.
Day 2-3 – AT SEA
During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observer marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.
Day 4 – SAILING IN THE CHILEAN CHANNELS
Day 5 – TORTEL AND JORGE MONTT GLACIER
A picturesque, colourful 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 the many wooden pontoons, you can admire the views as you stand suspended a few metres above the water. The village is scattered with sculptures made by local artists, an excellent introduction to this friendly community.
Day 6 – ENGLISH PASSAGE AND PIE XI GLACIER
Day 7 – EL BRUJO GLACIER
Day 8 – SAILING IN THE GABRIEL CANAL AND AINSWORTH BAY
Day 9 – GARIBALDI GLACIER
Cruise along the narrow arm of Garibaldi Fjord and marvel at its stunning landscapes: thick green vegetation adorns steep mountains, rivalling the beauty of surrounding ice and snow. Further on, Garibaldi Glacier unveils itself: a towering ice titan looming at the end of the fjord that shares its name. Don't be surprised if sea lions and numerous birds accompany you on your enchanting journey into the heart of one of Chile's most beautiful glaciers.
Day 10 – SAILING AROUND CAPE HORN AND IN THE BEAGLE CHANNEL AND USHUAIA
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 425-metre-high cliff, South America's southernmost tip has, for many centuries, seen merchant ships from the world over passing by. Because of its legendary storms and rough seas, getting around the Cape has gone down in history as a challenge for all seafarers. Prepare yourself for a memorable experience, whatever the weather conditions!
Capital of Argentina's Tierra del Fuego province, Ushuaia lies in a bay opening into the Beagle Channel at the country's southernmost tip. Its colourful houses are framed against towering mountains, snow-capped in winter and summer alike. Downtown, the End of the World Museum showcases Tierra del Fuego's natural and indigenous history. A ride on the heritage railway is an exciting excursion into the Tierra del Fuego National Park, while a cruise on Ushuaia Bay is the perfect way to spot sea lions and Magellanic penguins.
Day 11 – USHUAIA
Disembarkation at 07H00.
All This Included
Winding channels, snow-covered mountains, majestic glaciers and narrow passages: welcome to the magic of the Chilean fjords. PONANT is inviting you aboard L’Austral for an 11-day expedition cruise to the heart of South America’s extraordinary landscapes.
This cruise will set sail from the charming city of Valparaiso, whose historic quarter is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as it still bears the traces of its colonial past. You will then head southward to the Chilean channels.
The first port of call on your trip will be the remote village of Tortel, suspended above the water, and its typical wooden footbridges which take the place of streets. Not far from there, your ship will make its way down a small passage to get close to the Jorge Montt Glacier.
You will also discover several glaciers (for example the Brüggen and El Brujo) before the unforgettable experience of sailing along the Strait of Magellan and the Gabriel Channel. Pursue your journey through the fjords and glaciers of Patagonia in a unique atmosphere that will delight photography enthusiasts.
You will also take the Beagle Channel, south of the Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego. Admire the snow-covered peaks of the Cordillera Darwin before rounding Cape Horn, surrounded by the stunning scenery provided by Tierra del Fuego National Park.
Cruising: Standard cabin onboard L'Austral
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