Australis Patagonia Cruises

Between Punta Arenas and Ushuaia

Australis Patagonia cruises cover the navigational route between Punta Arenas in Chile and Ushuaia in Argentina. Departing from either port will offer a 4-night, or an 8-night cruise through the Patagonian channels and fiords that “pepper” the southern archipelago between Chile and Argentina. With a number of stop offs and shore landings passengers will not only get to enjoy Patagonia from the sea, and therefore a totally different perspective from being on land, but they will also get close to the wild fauna. In addition to the beauty and adventure, this navigation also serves as a perfect way to get between Chile and Argentina. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shore Landing from an Australis Ship

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Australis Zodiac in Ice Field

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The Darwin Lounge on Board Stella Australis

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Stella Australis Dining Room

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Australis Shore Landing Near Penguins

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Under the Birds at Tucker Islets

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Australis Ship in Wulaia Bay

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The Beagle Channel Between Argentina and Chile

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Seno Agostini

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Australis Shore Landing Near Pia Glacier

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Shore Landing Trek at Ainsworth Bay

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Darwin Range Mountain Peaks Beagle Channel

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Punta Arenas to Ushuaia – Fiords of Tierra del Fuego 4 Nights / 5 Days

Ushuaia to Punta Arenas – Patagonian Explorer 4 Nights / 5 Days

Punta Arenas to Punta Arenas – Darwin’s Route 8 Nights / 9 Days

Ushuaia to Ushuaia – Darwin’s Route 8 Nights / 9 Days

Operated between October to February

Introduction

Australis Patagonia cruises operate two, sister ships. One is called Stella Australis, and the other is named the Ventus Australis, each with a maximum passenger capacity of 200 people. Both vessels navigating through the channels and fiords of the Patagonian southern archipelago between Chile and Argentina. As long as weather allows, the itinerary will include a shore landing on the fabled Cape Horn.

Both ships are small and therefore offer a “boutique” cruise experience. Departures are either from Punta Arenas, in southern Chile, or Ushuaia in Southern Argentina and take 4 nights and 5 days to complete their navigational itineraries. In addition, there is an option to take the start and end at the same port option, which is an 8 night and 9-day trip.

Australis Patagonia Cruise

Passengers who are lucky enough to be on board one of these ships, will be able to experience some of the most remote and pristine places on Earth. See amazing, Patagonia sights such as the glaciers coming down from their Andean peaks down to the sea, native forests where no man has set foot and, amid the geographical delight, there will be plenty of wild fauna to get close to.

 

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Australis Patagonia Cruise

OFFERS

Combination Offers for the Australis Patagonia Cruise 

Apart from this being an excellent trip on its own, Australis has also teamed up with luxury Torres del Paine Lodge Tierra Patagonia and together they offer a Patagonia Land and Sea 9-night program with a 20% discount off the usual cost.

Another combo offer is a stay at Hotel Las Torres in Torres del Paine together with Australis – ask us about costs.

If you have ever wanted to get the best out of Patagonia and make your money go further, then this is the moment. Experience Chile will also ADD a free night in Santiago, Puerto Natales or Punta Arenas to either of the above offer options to make things even better.

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Australis Patagonia Cruises’

Itineraries

Each of the Australis Patagonia cruises’ itineraries are shown below. One with its origin from Punta Arenas – Fiords of Tierra del Fuego, the other starting from Ushuaia – Patagonian Explorer. For the 8-night Darwin’s route, which is either from and back to Punta Arenas, or start and end at Ushuaia, you need to basically join together each of the 4-Night itineraries.

 

Itinerary

Fiords of Tierra del Fuego 4 Nights / 5 Days

Start Punta Arenas / End Ushuaia

Day 1 Punta Arenas – Check-in

Between 13:00 and 17:00 hrs, we will begin to check-in at Muelle Prat (EPA), Av. Costanera del Estrecho de Magallanes 1398, Punta Arenas – Chile, to embark at 18:00 hrs.

Once onboard, we will make a welcome toast and introduce the Captain and his crew. The ship will sail to the far south immediately after.

Through the mythical Strait of Magellan and the Beagle Channel, we will travel through Patagonia and the fjords of Tierra del Fuego.

Day 2 Ainsworth Bay – Tuckers Islets

We will arrive in the vicinity of the Marinelli Glacier in Ainsworth Bay and discover how life resurfaces after the ice has melted. Also, we will hike through the wonderful sub-Antarctic Magellan Forest and visit the Tuckers Islets, where you will see Magellan penguins and cormorants from the Zodiacs. In September and April, this excursion is replaced by a hike near a glacier in Brookes Bay.

Day 3 Pia Glacier – Glacier Alley

The navigation will sail along the northwest arm of the Beagle Channel to enter and disembark in the Pia Fjord to the viewpoint from where you can see the homonymous glacier, whose main peak extends from the top of the mountain range to the sea. After this unforgettable experience, we will continue our navigation under the majestic gaze of the “Glacier Alley”.

Day 4 Cape Horn – Wulaia Bay

At the Cape Horn National Park, we will disembark, if the weather conditions are suitable, to experience the magic of walking through one of the southernmost points of the world, surrounded by charm and legends.

In the afternoon, we will disembark at Wulaia Bay, a historic site of one of the largest settlements of the native Yagans canoeists. We will reach a viewpoint, walking through the Magellan Forest in which lengas, coigües, canelos and ferns grow, among other species.

Day 5 Ushuaia

The following morning, we sail into Argentine waters and dock in Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city.
Australis is scheduled to arrive at 8:30.

Important

NOTE: The excursions described in the Australis Patagonia Cruise itineraries are usually possible. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Ship Operator reserves the right to alter, change or omit part of this itinerary without prior notice, whether motivated by the welfare and safety of passengers, for the proper preservation of the environment or in the event of any extraordinary circumstance, fortuitous event or force majeure. The departure or arrival of vessels may be subject to possible changes. It is not possible to guarantee bird and animal sightings, since the precise location of these is variable.

Australis Navigational Route Punta Arenas to Ushuaia

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Itinerary

Patagonian Explorer 4 Nights / 5 Days

Start Ushuaia / End Punta Arenas

Day 1 Ushuaia -Check In

Between 10:00 PM and 5:00 PM, we will check-in at the office of Tolkeyen Patagonia Turismo, at Av. San Martín 409, Ushuaia – Argentina, to embark at 6:00 PM.

After boarding, we will make a welcome toast and introduce the Captain and his crew.

The ship will sail to the far south immediately after. Through the mythical Beagle Channel and the Strait of Magellan, we will travel through Patagonia and the channels of Tierra del Fuego.

Day 2 Cape Horn – Wulaia Bay

We will sail through the Murray Channel and Nassau Bay, arriving at Cape Horn National Park, where we will disembark, if weather conditions permit, to experience the magic of walking through one of the southernmost points of the world, surrounded by charm and legends.

In the afternoon, we will disembark at Wulaia Bay, a historic site of one of the largest settlements of the native Yagans canoeists. We will reach a viewpoint, walking through the Magellanic forest in. which lengas, coigües, canelos, and ferns grow, among other species.

Day 3 Pia Glacier – Porter Glacier

In the morning, we will sail along the northwest arm of the Beagle Channel to enter and disembark in the Pia Fjord. We will make a trip to the viewpoint from where you will see the homonymous glacier, whose main peak extends from the top of the mountain range to the sea. During the afternoon, in our Zodiac boats, we will navigate between high rocky walls until reaching the Porter Glacier.

Day 4 Agostini Sound – Aguila Glacier – Condor Glacier

In the morning, we will navigate the Cockburn Channel to enter the Agostini Sound, where you can appreciate the glaciers that descend from the center of the Darwin Mountain Range, some of them reaching the sea. During the morning, we will disembark in Zodiac boats for a walk around a lagoon formed by the melting of the Aguila Glacier. In the afternoon, we will navigate in Zodiac boats to approach the Condor Glacier. We will learn about the formation of glaciers and their influence on the abrupt geography of the Fuegian channels.

Day 5 Magdalena Island – Punta Arenas

We will disembark at Magdalena Island first thing in the morning if weather conditions are suitable. On the island, we will be able to see a huge colony of Magellanic penguins. This excursion is replaced by a landing on Marta Island in September and April, where South American sea lions can be sighted from Zodiac boats.

Then, we will arrive in Punta Arenas, disembarking at approximately 12:30 hrs.

Important

NOTE: The excursions described in the Australis Patagonia Cruise itineraries are usually possible. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Ship Operator reserves the right to alter, change or omit part of this itinerary without prior notice, whether motivated by the welfare and safety of passengers, for the proper preservation of the environment or in the event of any extraordinary circumstance, fortuitous event or force majeure. The departure or arrival of vessels may be subject to possible changes. It is not possible to guarantee bird and animal sightings, since the precise location of these is variable.

Australis Navigational Route Ushuaia to Punta Arenas

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The Cabin Types on Both the Australis Ships (click the plus sign to the right)

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Australis Ships’ Deck Plan

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What ExperienceChile.Org says about

Australis Patagonia Cruises

Australis Patagonia cruises are an excellent way to experience something totally different. Seeing the wild and raw Patagonia landscape from the perspective of a sailor is to experience what it must have been like centuries ago when explorers, pirates and commercial tall ships passed through these exact, same channels.

Remote

An opportunity to enter into some of the remotest, quiet, natural places on Earth, get to see natural wonders like glaciers, ancient forests, penguins, sealions, maybe whales too, and a variety of birds all “just going about their business”. If you have the time and the budget, we say “do it”!

Note that we have been creating Torres del Paine W Trek itineraries and other Patagonian itineraries since 1996. We are based in Chile, English owned, and a leading receptive travel operator, covering in particular – Patagonia.

 

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VIP

In the event that you are a VIP in any of the fields such as celebrity and/or political and/or business, and you need “special attention”. For example, privacy and/or security for your trip please use an alias in the enquiry but mention that you are VIP and one of the directors will handle your request and keep your real name and details confidential.

OFFER

Ask us to handle ALL of your South America, or Chile trip and we WILL include some items for free or at special lower-than-public rates. How much we can offer you depends on how much we can arrange and book for you. REQUEST@EXPERIENCECHILE.ORG

Remember, our specialty is to create a travel itinerary custom-built to your needs.

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