Take in the magnificent scenery of Argentina and Chile during a 13-day expedition cruise. From spectacular glaciers to imposing fjords, winding channels and dramatic scenery; this region of the world is nothing short of breath-taking. Begin your journey in Ushuaia the world’s southernmost city and set sail around the mythical Cape Horn. Get closer to magnificent nature as we venture closer towards Garibaldi Glacier, Agostini Glacier and El Brujo Glacier as well as sailing through the snow-capped peaks of the English Passage. Heading towards Chile visit Quemchi, a quaint fishing town surrounded by snow-tipped volcanoes. Throughout your voyage, you can expect to see an array of wildlife including sea lions and porpoises, Magellanic penguins, humpback whales, dolphins, alpacas and a wide variety of birds. Your expedition will furthermore be enriched by a National Geographic photographer and expert who will be skilled in the destination. This Expedition Cruise is onboard Ponant’s Le Boréal ship, part of the Sisterships fleet. View full details including deck plans and features onboard here. Overnight in Buenos Aires + flight Buenos Aires/Ushuaia + visit + flight Concepcion/Santiago

Trip highlights

Embark on the unique sailing along the Strait of Magellan, the most important natural passage between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.

Enjoy multiple excursions via Zodiac® inflatables to get closer to the magnificent wildlife and nature that will surround you throughout the duration of the expedition

Journey alongside a National Geographic expert and photographer who will be knowledgeable in the destination and enrich your experience with workshops and practical skills.

Itinerary - 13 Days

1 Ushuaia

Start your journey in Argentina’s capital, Ushuaia, considered the gateway to the “Great White” and the South Pole. Nicknamed “El fin del Mundo” by the Argentinian people, this city at the end of the world is nestled in the shelter of mountains, surrounded by fertile plains that wildlife has chosen as the ultimate sanctuary. With its striking beauty, Ushuaia is perfect for exploration before you embark.

2 Sailing Around Cape Horn

Cape Horn is the meeting point between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Sitting at the southernmost tip of South America, the passageway around Cape Horn was discovered in 1616. Many a merchant ship from the world over has passed the Horn with the term ‘rounding the Horn’ representing the often-perilous act of crossing the rough seas.

3 Puerto Williams

The charming fishing port of Puerto Williams is situated on Navarino Island a few kilometres from the Argentinian border. Take a stroll enjoying the friendly and quaint nature of this town, taking time to see the dark silhouette of the Patagonian Andes, surmounted by eternally white peaks. The Martin Gusinde museum of anthropology gives an aperçu of the living conditions of the ancient indigenous people, the Yámanas, while the surrounding areas propose hiking paths across wild, unspoiled nature.

4 Garibaldi Glacier

Cruising along the narrow arm of Garibaldi Fjord, witness the spectacular landscapes that appear. The thick green vegetation adorns steep mountains, rivalling the beauty of surrounding ice and snow. Further on, Garibaldi Glacier unveils itself; a towering ice titan looming at the end of the fjord that shares its name. Don't be surprised if sea lions and numerous birds accompany you on your enchanting journey into the heart of one of Chile's most beautiful glaciers.

5 Agostini Glacier

Situated in the Tierra del Fuego archipelago, the Agostini Glacier sits at the back of the eponymous fjord, framed by the Cordillera Darwin. This prominent glacier is named after the Italian missionary and explorer Alberto Maria De Agostini, this imposing blue-tinged glacier offers a stunning view over the fjord.

6 Sailing in the Strait of Magellan

An iconic strait, Magellan is situated in the south of Chile and separating South America from Tierra del Fuego. For the first time, follow in the footsteps of the famous Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan, known for having organised the first circumnavigation of the globe in the 16th century. Aboard your ship, cruise along the 600 km separating the Atlantic Ocean from the Pacific and, before arriving in Ushuaia, discover the sea route which was long nicknamed “Strait of All Saints” because Magellan’s ships first entered it on All Saints’ Day.

7 El Brujo Glacier

El Brujo Glacier is situated in the heart of the Bernardo O'Higgins National Park, the largest protected area in Chile. Explore the magnificent surroundings of this monumental natural landmark. Located at the end of the Asia Fjord, this huge wall of ice sculpted by the wind is fascinating and impressive. This magical, natural and grandiose décor that changes as the light plays upon it will be an unforgettable sight.

8 Pie XI Glacier & English Passage

With a surface area exceeding 1,200 km2, Pie Xi, or Brüggen Glacier as it is otherwise known, is the largest of the glaciers making up the Southern Patagonian Ice Field. It is the third largest ice mass in the world and impressively straddles the southern Andes Mountains; adding to its natural grandiose.

The English Passage is another iconic passageway you will cross during this expedition cruise. Situated off the south-western coast of Chile, at the end of the Messier Channel, this narrow waterway with a width of just 180 metres offers a unique sailing experience due to its exceptional dimensions and its magnificent natural setting. As you pass through, enjoy the scenery of green hills rising from the water and snow-capped peaks which loom in the background.

9 Tortel

The picturesque fishing village of Tortel can be found in the heart of southern Patagonia, halfway between Puerto Montt and Cape Horn. Experience the local culture as you wander down the narrow streets, enjoy the sculptures made by local artists and take in the impressive views. From rounded mountains, dense forest to the clear waters of the Pacific; the best viewing platform can be found on the many wooden pontoons at the water's edge.

10 At Sea

During your first day at sea, get acquainted with the luxurious facilities onboard the Le Boréal ship. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day at sea will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species.

11 Quemchi, Chiloé Island

Explore the stunning surroundings of the small fishing port of Quemchi on the east coast of Chiloé Island. Offering a unique and quaint charm, explore the fish market and local shops during your stay. Be sure to visit the museum dedicated to Francisco Coloane, the famous Chilean author and adventurer born on this southern land. Not far from there, the small island called Isla Aucar, accessible via a wooden footbridge will be a chance to observe a wide variety of birds and discover a magnificent botanical garden, home to many of the region’s endemic plants.

12 At Sea

During your time at sea, get acquainted with the luxurious facilities onboard the Le Boréal ship. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day at sea will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species.

13 Talcahuano

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