Day 1: Punta Arenas

Arrive in Punta Arenas and check in at the Australis travel center. Explore the town a little bit before boarding the M/V Via Australis at 6 PM. After a welcoming cocktail reception hosted by the captain and his crew, the ship sets sail for one of the most remote corners of planet Earth. During the night the ship will cross the Strait of Magellan and enter the labyrinth of channels that define the southern extreme of Patagonia. The twinkling lights of Punta Arenas gradually fade into the distance as you enter the Whiteside Canal between Darwin Island and Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego.

Day 2: Brookes Glacier - Ainsworth Bay

At dawn the Australis will sail to Brookes Fjord. The area is a natural amphitheater shaped by glaciers in constant movement. Take a short walk towards one of the glaciers, enjoying the breathtaking surroundings and the view of the Darwin Mountain Range.

Later, the ship will navigate its way through the Almirantazgo Sound, arriving at Ainsworth Bay which is sited within Alberto De Agostini National Park. It’s the perfect spot from which to see the Marinelli Glacier descending from Darwin Mountain Range in the distance; and to appreciate how the land returns to life after glacial retreat. Head to shore for a walk to a beaver dam in the stunning sub-polar Magellan Forest and a good chance of sighting Southern Elephant Seals.

Day 3: Almirantazgo Bay - Parry Glacier

Early in the morning, the Australis will reach Almirantazgo Bay. Take the zodiac to shore and begin your mornings walk from the mouth of a river going North, entering the sub-Antarctic forest and finally reaching a glacial waterfall. On the way back, take notice of several beaver dams. Climb back into the Zodiac boats in order to observe elephant seals, cormorants and other birds while on your way back to the cruise ship.

In the afternoon your adventure leads you in to navigate Parry Fjord. From this area, various glaciers that come down to the sea from the upper ice field make up the landscape. Aboard the Zodiac boats, motor to the far end of the fjord to sit amongst the amphitheater of glaciers in an area where sometimes it is possible to see leopard seals.

Day 4: Magdalena Island - Punta Arenas

After an overnight cruise across Admiralty Sound and back into the Strait of Magellan, the ship will anchor off Magdalena Island, which lies about halfway between Tierra del Fuego and the Chilean mainland. Crowned by a distinctive lighthouse, the island used to be an essential source of supplies for navigators and explorers and is inhabited by an immense colony of Magellanic penguins. At the break of dawn, weather permitting, head ashore to hike a path that winds through thousands of penguins to a small museum lodged inside the vintage 1902 lighthouse. Many other bird species are also found on the island. In September and April -- when the penguins dwell elsewhere -- this excursion is replaced by a ride aboard Zodiacs to Marta Island to visit the South American sea lions.

After a short sail south along the strait, disembark at Punta Arenas is scheduled for around 11:30 AM.

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