You take the National Road Nº 3 northwards and enjoy the magnificent views of the Carbajal and Tierra Mayor valleys before reaching Garibaldi Pass, where you will make your first panoramic stop.
Cruceros Australis Cruise
Cruceros Australis Cruise, Argentina
The captain and crew will give you a welcome cocktail reception on board, and immediately afterwards, at about 7pm, the ship will set sail from Ushuaia for the bottom of the continent of South America, the 'uttermost part of the earth'.
You will sail through the Beagle and Murray Channels to disembark (weather permitting) in Cape Horn National Park. Cape Horn, where the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans merge, was discovered in 1616 by the Dutch commercial expedition organized by Isaac Le Maire. The Cape owes its name to the Port of Hoorn, the expedition’s departure point. In the afternoon you will disembark in historical Wulaia Bay, once the site of one of the region’s largest native settlements. This area is also renowned for the spectacular beauty of its vegetation and geography. You will take a walk through a Magellanic forest filled with lengas, coigües, canelos, ferns and other species to reach a look-out point.
In the afternoon, you will view the awe-inspiring Gunther Plüschow Glacier, named after the region's pioneering German aviator. Then sail to Chico Sound, where you will disembark in zodiacs to observe majestic Piloto and Nena glaciers.
Early in the morning, you will disembark on Magdalena Island, the home of an immense colony of more than 120,000 Magellanic penguins that you will be able to observe during your walk to the lighthouse that guides different ships on their way through the Magellan Straits. (The penguins migrate in March, if they are not there then you will visit the sea lion colony on Marta Island). After your visit, you will head to Punta Arenas, disembarking at 11:30 a.m where you will be met for your onward journey.
Please note that all itinerary information for the Australis and the boat used is subject to change.
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