Day 1: Ushuaia


Arrive in Ushuaia and check in at the Australis travel center at 409 San Martín Street in downtown. Explore the town a bit before boarding the M/V Via Australis 5:30 PM. After a welcoming cocktail reception hosted by the captain and his crew, the ship will us off and begin its' adventure to one of the most remote corners of planet Earth. During the night the ship will traverse the Beagle Channel and cross from Argentina into Chilean territorial waters. The lights of Ushuaia disappear as you sail into Alberto de Agostini National Park along the south coast of Tierra del Fuego.


Day 2: Garibaldi Glacier - Pia Glacier - Glacier Alley


In the early morning the Australis cruises up a long fjord to drop anchor near Garibaldi Glacier, one of only three glaciers in Patagonia gaining mass rather than staying the same or slowly shrinking. Climb into a Zodiac and head ashore for a hike through virgin Magellanic forest to a glacial waterfall, a towering wall of ferns and moss, and spectacular viewpoints looking down on the glacier and fjord. The walk is demanding -- very steep, negligible trail, rough footing -- and not for everyone. For those who choose to stay on board, the captain will point the bow towards the beautiful sky-blue glacier so that everyone can enjoy a panoramic view from the upper decks.


Backtracking along the Beagle Channel, Via Australis enters the narrow Pia Fjord. Climb back aboard the Zodiacs for a shore excursion to Pia Glacier. No one knows for certain how the hulking mass of snow and ice got its feminine moniker, but one theory says it was named for Princess Maria Pia of Savoy (1847-1911), daughter of the Italian king. After disembarking, take a short or long hike to gain a panoramic view of the spectacular glacier, which extends from the mountaintops down to the sea. Back on board, you'll 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.


Day 3: Cape Horn - Wulaia Bay


During the night, the captain will navigate the narrow Murray Channel between Navarino and Hoste islands and by dawn you are cruising across Nassau Bay into the remote archipelago that includes Cape Horn National Park. Weather and sea conditions permitting, you will head 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 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 light keeper and his family, as well as the tiny Stella Maris Chapel and modern Cape Horn Monument.


Sailing back across Nassau Bay and anchor at fabled 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 Darwin 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, you will have a choice of three hikes (of increasing degrees of difficulty) that ascend the heavily wooden mountain behind the bay. Each hike ventures through an enchanted Magellan forest of lengas, coigües, canelos, ferns, and other endemic fauna to reach a panoramic viewpoint overlooking the bay.


Day 4: Ushuaia


After a final night aboard the Via Australis, sail back into Argentine waters and dock in Ushuaia. Acknowledged as the southernmost city in the world, Ushuaia was founded in 1884 and was one of the original points of contact between the indigenous Yámana and European cultures. Its name derives from the Yámana word for ‘penetrating bay’ and it’s surrounded by the southernmost Andes peaks. With around 65,000 inhabitants, Ushuaia is now the second largest city in Tierra del Fuego (after Rio Grande). Disembarkation is scheduled at 8:30 AM, providing a perfect opportunity to enjoy the city and its spectacular scenery before continuing on your Argentinian adventure, or heading home.


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