Santiago, Atacama Desert, Ushuaia Cruise
Arrival and transfer to your hotel, the four star Finnis Terrea Hotel. Day 8 (Saturday): Punta Arenas Transfer to the port in Punta Arenas for the boarding of the "Mare Australis" expedition cruiseship. The crew, headed by the Captain, will welcome you aboard with cocktails. The ship will depart towards the city of Ushuaia, through the mythical Strait of Magellan and sailing through the Patagonian Channels and around Tierra del Fuego. Day 9 (Sunday): Ainsworth Bay - Tucker Islet With the first light of dawn, navigation will continue through the Almirantazgo Fjord. We will disembark in Ainsworth Bay near the Marinelli Glacier, where we will take a walk to see an elephant seal colony and appreciate the Magellan Forests. Located in Ainsworth Bay, in the midst of the Darwin Range, one can see the enormous ice wall more than 40 metres high. During the afternoon, we will approach Tucker Islet and the Australis Cruises Expedition Group will give us a brief talk about the ecosystem and geography. An excursion on board zodiac boats to admire a small colony of Magellan Penguins. We will also see other bird species such as Skuas and Cormorants. The presence of dolphins and sea lions are also likely. Day 10 (Monday): D'Agostini Fjord In the morning, a number of blue-tinted floating icebergs announce that we are sailing through the D'Agostini Fjord, a sea route which passes several glaciers. In a memorable awakening, and surrounded by a breathtaking landscape, we can watch the dance of light at dawn in front of the Serrano Glacier, where we will clearly see the central moraine. The myrtleberry, chaura (wild berry), ñirre (nothofagus pumilio, known as Antarctic beech), and wild strawberry together with other native species, thrive in these surroundings. We will disembark in Condor Bay, close to the Condor Glacier. Here we will enjoy a short walk through the native forest and an excursion by boats. After boarding again, the ship will sail through the Magdalena and Cockburn channels towards the Beagle Channel. Day 11 (Tuesday): Garibaldi Inlet - Puerto Williams When the ship enters the Garibaldi Inlet, our aim will be to come as close as possible to one of the most beautiful glaciers of our cruise and to be able to observe the breathtaking mass of blue ice. During the route we will stop for a moment to admire the sea-lions and wild duck that herald our arrival. We will continue cruising through floating ice towards land and will disembark, in the middle of silence, in one of the solitary beaches of the Garibaldi Inlet. From here, we will penetrate one of the wildest and thickest forests of Patagonia, as our guides tell us about its flora, fauna and geography. Located at the northern end of Navarino Island and on the shores of the Beagle Channel, Puerto Williams - with no more than two-thousand inhabitants is one of the most southerly towns in the world. Day 12 (Wednesday): Puerto Williams - Ushuaia The last day of the cruise with an early arrival in Ushuaia, located on the border of the Beagle Channel and surrounded by the Martial Mountains. The port of Ushuaia, originally a penal colony, is now the capital of the Argentinean province of Tierra del Fuego. Here, we will enjoy the wonders of this landscape where the sea meets the forests and mountains and is the start of excursions into the Tierra del Fuego National Park. Return to the airport for your flight home, return to Punta Arenas with the same ship but lasting only three days or optional tours to visit the surrounding area.
per person based on two sharing and includes accommodation in 3* and 4* hotels with breakfast, all transfers and tours with a bilingual guide, standard cabins aboard the cruise to Ushuaia with all meals and an open bar, all land transportation and meals as per itinerary.
Airport taxes, the international airfare to Chile and internal flights are not included.
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