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Setting sail from Punta Arenas
The weather-beaten city of Punta Arenas is a laid back and welcoming place, in spite of its inhospitable location on the shores of the Strait of Magellan. Nearby attractions include penguin colonies and the dramatic scenery of Torres del Paine National Park, while beyond the southern horizon lie the frozen wastes of Antarctica.
Chile: Ainsworth Bay
Ainsworth Bay is a spectacular coastal inlet within Alberto de Agostini National Park, fed by meltwater from the retreating Marinelli Glacier. The sheltered bay, surrounded by pristine forest, is an important habitat for elephant seals and birds including Magellanic penguins, cormorants and skuas.
Chile: Tuckers Islets, Pia Glacier (Glacier Alley)
Chile: Glacier Alley
Glacier Alley runs along a beautiful stretch of the Beagle Channel in Tierra del Fuego, where glaciers originating in the ice fields of Patagonia crumble into the sea. Make sure you have your camera at the ready to capture the views as you sail through this stunning region.
Chile: Cape Horn
Surrounded by notoriously treacherous waters and battered by gale force winds known as the Furious Fifties, Cape Horn is the dramatic southernmost headland of the Tierra del Fuego archipelago. This is the point where the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans meet, watched over by a lonely lighthouse.
Chile: Wulaia Bay
This beautiful bay, on the west coast of Isla Navarino, was once an important settlement for the indigenous Yamana, a nomadic people who travelled between the islands of Tierra del Fuego by canoe. Past visitors include Charles Darwin, who went ashore here in 1833 during his voyage on board the HMS Beagle.
Arriving in Ushuaia
Ushuaia is sometimes described as 'the city at the end of the world', though its rugged beauty is far from apocalyptic. Perched on the ragged southern edge of Argentina, where the snow-capped Andes fall away into the churning sea, the city has a frontier town feel to it, and serves as the base for expeditions into the icy waters of Antarctica. There are also plenty of outdoor pursuits on offer here, including hiking, skiing and fishing, and the Tierra del Fuego National Park is home to spectacular scenery and wildlife including penguins, guanacos, sea lions and condors.
What can we say? You can’t miss anything in the town, it’s so small!
Your home from home
Immerse yourself in the fascinating landscapes and wildlife of Patagonia on board the small but well-equipped sister ships, Stella and Ventus Australis.
What we love
With daily excursions to explore the wild and the beautiful coast of Patagonia as your backdrop, life aboard the Australis ships is never dull. You'll be accompanied on these sorties by a team of expert guides, who will also give talks on board the ship about the wildlife, geology and history of the region. Cabins are comfortable and spacious, all with outside-facing windows, and there is also a restaurant and bar, three lounges and a gym.
|Style||A relaxed and informal atmosphere on board, with an emphasis on experiencing everything that Patagonia has to offer.|
Tailor-make your trip
Where to stay in Ushuaia
Los Cauquenes Resort and Spa is your best option, if you have time to stay.
Tours from Ushuaia
What you choose to do on tour will need to supplement whatever cruise you are taking. So if you are heading to Antarctica, whilst here you will want to go to the Tierra del Fuego National Park.