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Ushuaia cruises and navigations.

 

Ushuaia - Punta Arenas - One Way Route 
3 nights | M/V Stella Australis

 

The expedition cruise ship M/V Stella Australis takes you on an amazing journey to the “uttermost end of the earth.” Our adventure cruises sail between Ushuaia
(Argentina) and Punta Arenas (Chile), where you’ll discover the splendor and beauty of Patagonia’s unique wildlife and landscapes.

 

One of the industry’s most comfortable ships is designed to make your Australis cruise excursion as comfortable and rewarding as possible during a journey down
to Cape Horn at the bottom end of western hemisphere, through the scenic Beagle Channel that runs along the southern extreme of Tierra del Fuego, and across the
fabled Strait of Magellan to the Chilean mainland.

 

Along the way learn about others who have explored the same waters — Ferdinand Magellan and Sir Francis Drake, Captain FitzRoy and Charles Darwin.
All the while on the lookout for whales, dolphins, penguins, condors, elephant seals and the other creatures who call this remote part of the world their home.
Explore more of Darwin’s route on our 7-night Punta Arenas excursions. Retrace Darwin’s route through the Fuegian Archipelago aboard the MV Stella Australis.

 

Itinerary

 

Day 1 : Ushuaia
Day 2 : Cape Horn - Wulaia Bay
Day 3 : De Agostini Sound and Águila Glacier
Day 4 : Magdalena Island * - Punta Arenas

 

.In September and April this excursion is replaced with Marta Island

 

Day 1
Ushuaia

 

Check in at 160 Juan Manuel de Rosas Street in downtown Ushuaia between 10:00 and 17:00 (10 AM-5 PM) on the day of
your cruise departure. Board the M/V Stella Australis at 17:30 (5:30 PM). After a welcoming toast and introduction of
captain and crew, the ship departs for one of the most remote corners of planet Earth. During the night we traverse the
Beagle Channel and cross from Argentina into Chilean territorial waters. The lights of Ushuaia disappear as we turn into the
narrow Murray Channel between Navarino and Hoste islands.

 

Day 2
Cape Horn - Wulaia Bay

 

Around the break of dawn, Stella Australis crosses Nassau Bay and enters the remote archipelago that comprises Cape Horn National Park. Weather and sea conditions permitting, we shall go 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 425-meter (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 lightkeeper and his family, as well as the tiny Stella Maris Chapel and modern Cape Horn Monument (currently awaiting repair after being damaged by fierce winds).Sailing back across Nassau Bay, we 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 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 -- which is especially strong on the Yámana people and European missionaries in the area -- passengers have a choice of three hikes (of increasing degrees of difficulty) that ascend the
heavily wooded mountain behind the bay. On all of these you stroll through an enchanted Magellanic forest of lengas, coigües, canelos and ferns to reach panoramic viewpoints overlooking the bay.

 

Day 3
Agostini Sound - Águila Glacier

 

After nightfall we reenter the Beagle Channel and sail westward along the southern edge of Tierra del Fuego into a watery
wonderland protected within the confines of Alberto de Agostini National Park. Rounding the Brecknock Peninsula as the
western extreme of Tierra del Fuego, Stella Australis is briefly exposed to the open Pacific. We then navigate a zigzag route through the Cockburn Channel, Magdalena Channel and Keats Fjord to reach scenic De Agostini Sound. Named after an Italian Salesian priest who worked among the region's indigenous people during the first half of the 20th
century, De Agostini Sound is flanked by numerous glaciers and sheer saw-toothed peaks reminiscent of Torres del Paine. Our shore excursion this morning is Águila ("Eagle") Glacier, which hovers above a placid glacial lagoon surrounded by
primeval forest. After a Zodiac landing on the beach, passengers hike around the edge of the lagoon to a spot near the base of the frozen facade. Condors can sometimes be seen winging high above, but there is always abundant bird life around the lagoon. This landing provides the perfect opportunity to experience the beauty of Patagonia’s sub-Antarctic rainforest and
to see how the power of nature has molded the spectacular landscape.

 

Day 4
Magdalena Island - Punta Arenas

 

After an overnight cruise through Magdalena Channel and back into the Strait of Magellan, we 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, we go ashore and hike a path that leads 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 observe South American sea lions. After a short cruise south along the strait, disembarkation at Punta Arenas is scheduled for around 11:30 AM.

 

.Camera extension poles are prohibited on Magdalena Island.

 

During the cruise members of the Stella Australis expedition group will host interesting
presentations on the wildlife, history and geography of this legendary region. The presentations
will take place both on board (with audio-visual support) and on land.


.All inclusive.

  • Open 24 hours
  • Air Condition
  • Accomodation
  • Dafe-deposit Box
  • Heathing
  • Foods and Drinks
  • Breakfast
  • Tour Guide

Argentine or Chilean minors

For Argentines and Chileans who are underage and are leaving their country without one of their parents, it is necessary to bring a notarized authorization from 

the other parent stating that it's permissible for them to leave the country. Passengers from other nations may need to check similar permissions needed for their
children.

 


NOTE: The excursions described in the itineraries can usually be carried out without any problems. Nevertheless, the shipowner holds the right to alter,
change or skip certain portions of the itinerary without prior notice, whether motivated by the passengers’ well-being and safety, by the appropriate
protection of the environment, or in case of any extraordinary event, unforeseeable circumstance or force majeure. For this reason, departures or
arrival may be subject to change. Furthermore, sighting of birds and other species cannot be guaranteed as their exact location is variable by nature

 

Entry Visas

 

Visa and/or passport requirements vary according each passenger's nationality. Before your trip, we recommend verifying the information with the Chilean and Argentine consulates in your country of residence or origin. Each person is responsible for bringing the necessary documents to enter Chile and Argentina. The required documents must be presented at check-in, otherwise you will NOT be able to embark on the cruise.

 

To enter Chilean territory, citizens of Albania, Australia* and Mexico who embark with Australis must pay a customs reciprocity fee prior to embarking. This is required for entering Chile and the document must be handed over to Australis at check-in time; otherwise you will be denied boarding.*

Australian citizens only need to pay if they are entering through the International Airport Arturo Merino Benitez at the city of Santiago.

To enter Argentine territory, citizens of Australia and Canada who are embarking with Australis must pay the reciprocity fee online, prior to embarking. This is required to enter Argentina and the document must be handed over to Australis at check-in time, otherwise you will be denied boarding.

 

The adress to pay the fee online is http://www.provinciapagos.com.ar//dnm

 

Countries visited on our routes

.Every Australis itinerary includes shore landings in Chile and Argentina.

 

.Argentine or Chilean minors


For Argentines and Chileans who are underage and are leaving their country without one of their parents, it is necessary to bring a notarized authorization from
the other parent stating that it's permissible for them to leave the country. Passengers from other nations may need to check similar permissions needed for their
children.

 


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