The Chilean Patagonia is one of the most breathtaking places in the world, due to its mountains, lakes, ice fields and forest landscapes. This is one of the main reasons why travellers are attracted to the region, to connect with nature.
Transfer from Puerto Natales or Punta Arenas Airport to The Singular Patagonia.
Your all inclusive package includes:
• Return transfer airport/ hotel/ airport
• All meals
• Open Bar (includes mineral water, sodas, juices, house wine and liquors). Premium wines and vintage liquors available for an additional cost.
• Two half day excursions or one full day excursion daily in small groups with other guests.
• Use of the Spa (massages, treatments and therapies payable in the hotel).
During your visit, you can select among a broad menu of expeditions, tours and activities, ranging from visits to Torres del Paine National Park to exclusive trips to our private reserves.
Through our menu of expeditions we would like you to feel the experience of Authentic Patagonia, mingling with the people and its customs, visiting ranches and industrial premises where the pioneers worked, sailing the fjords along which the canoeists travelled and admiring the impressive landscapes that generations and generations enjoyed.
Our team of experienced guides will escort you to the most amazing locations in Patagonia. These excursions will take you to fjords, mountains, glaciers, Patagonian forests and farms. There is a choice of excursions with different levels of difficulty and duration. Activities include horseback riding, trekking, kayaking, mountain biking, bird watching to name just a few.
Suggested excursion options include:
– Serrano and Balmaceda Glaciers: a boat ride towards Bernando O’Higgins National Park to disembark and walk to Serrano Glacier. After lunch, hiking or horseback riding options are available to continue exploring this beautiful area.
– Historical Puerto Bories: a unique and exclusive excursion uncovering the history and lifestyle of the pioneers of the region.
– Cycling Laguna Sofia: a medium level cycle from Puerto Natales to Laguna Sofia where you can often see condors.
A full day to enjoy the many excursion options included as part of your all-inclusive stay.
Suggested excursion options include:
– The Water Track: a medium level full day hike that takes you into Torres del Paine National Park to a fabulous lookout point over Toro Lake and the Paine Massif.
– Kayak Puerto Bories: recommended for beginners, this half day tour takes you across the waters of the Señoret Canal for fantastic views back across to the hotel.
– Trekking to the base of Torres del Paine: a challenging full day hike that will take you up the slopes of Admiral Nieto Mountain to reach the base of the famous torres. Weather permitting, enjoy stunning views of the North, Central and South Tower.
– Fly Fishing: fish the pristine waters of nearby lakes and rivers for brown trout, Chinook and Atlantic Salmon and local endemic species. Fishing license required.
Check out of The Singular Patagonia this morning and transfer to Punta Arenas where you will check in for your Australis cruise
Included in your cruise package:
· Breakfast, lunch and dinner
· Open Bar (while staff are on duty)
· Daily land excursions as scheduled by the ships
· Whisky and hot chocolate during the excursions
· All on board activities
After a welcoming toast and introduction of captain and crew, the ship departs for one of the remotest corners of planet Earth. During the night we cross the Strait of Magellan and enter the labyrinth of channels that define the southern extreme of Patagonian. The twinkling lights of Punta Arenas gradually fade into the distance as we enter the Whiteside Canal between Darwin Island and Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego.
By dawn the ship is sailing up Admiralty Sound (Seno Almirantazgo), a spectacular offshoot of the Strait of Magellan that stretches nearly halfway across Tierra del Fuego. The snowcapped peaks of Karukinka Natural Park stretch along the north side of the sound, while the south shore is defined by the deep fjords and broad bays of Alberto de Agostini National Park. We go ashore at Ainsworth Bay, which harbors copious bird life and a colony of southern elephant seals which can sometimes be spotted from the Zodiacs. Two guided excursions are available: one is along the edge of a stream, peat bog and beaver habitat to a waterfall-and-moss-covered rock face tucked deep inside a pristine sub-polar forest; the other is a more strenuous hike along the crest of a glacial moraine. Both afford views of Marinelli Glacier and the Darwin Mountains.
Leaving Ainsworth Bay behind, we sail west along the sound to the Tucker Islets. After lunch, we board the Zodiacs again for a close-up view of the Magellan penguins that inhabit the tiny islands. More than 4,000 penguins use Tucker as a place to nest, give birth and nurture their chicks. Many other bird species also frequent the area including king cormorants, oystercatchers, Chilean skuas, kelp geese, dolphin gulls, eagles and even the occasional Andean condor. In September and April — when the penguins live elsewhere — this excursion is replaced by a short walk to a glacier at nearby stunning Brookes Bay.
Overnight we sail around the western end of Tierra del Fuego via the very narrow Gabrial Channel, Magdalena Channel and Cockburn Channel. After rounding the remote Brecknock Peninsula, Stella Australis tacks eastward and enters the Beagle Channel again. By morning we are entering Pia Fjord and boarding the Zodiacs for a shore excursion to Pia Glacier. After disembarking we take a short hike to gain a panoramic view of the spectacular glacier, which extends from the mountaintops down to the sea or a longer much more difficult walk up a lateral moraine of the old Pia Glacier.
Back onboard the ship, we continue east along the Beagle Channel through an area called Glacier Alley. Living up to its name, the passage features a number of impressive tidewater glaciers flowing down from the Darwin Mountains and Darwin Ice Sheet on the north shore. Most of them named after European countries — Holland, Italy, Germany, Spain and France.
During the early morning we navigate the narrow Murray Channel between Navarino and Hoste islands and drop anchor at historic Wulaia Bay, one of the few places in the archipelago where the human history is just as compelling as the natural environment. Originally the site of one of the region’s largest Yámana aboriginal settlements, the bay was described by Charles Darwn and sketched by Captain FitzRoy in the 1830s during their voyages on the HMS Beagle. This area is also renowned for its mesmerizing beauty and dramatic geography. After a visit to the Australis-sponsored museum in the old radio station — which is especially strong on the Yámana people and European missionaries in the area — passengers have a choice of three hikes (of increasing degrees of difficulty) that ascend the heavily wooden mountain behind the bay. On all of these you will be strolling through an enchanted Magellan forest of lengas, coigües, canelos, ferns, and other endemic fauna to reach a panoramic viewpoint overlooking the bay. Before leaving Wulaia Bay, drop something into the wooden mail barrel inside the museum – letters or postcards meant to be hand delivered by future travellers – an ancient mariner tradition revived by Australis.
In the afternoon we cruise across Nassau Bay into the remote archipelago that includes Cape Horn National Park. Weather and sea conditions permitting, we shall go ashore on the windswept island that harbors legendary Cape Horn (Cabo de Hornos). Discovered in 1616 by a Dutch maritime expedition — and named after the town of Hoorn in West Friesland — Cape Horn is a sheer 425-meter (1,394-foot) high rocky promontory overlooking the turbulent waters of the Drake Passage. For many years it was the only navigation route between the Pacific and Atlantic, and was often referred to as the “End of the Earth.” The park was declared a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 2005. The Chilean navy maintains a permanent lighthouse on the island, staffed by a lightkeeper and his family, as well as the tiny Stella Maris Chapel and modern Cape Horn Monument.
The following morning we sail into Argentine waters and dock in Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city.
Arrival at 08:30 a.m. and 9:30 am according to date of departure.