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Strait of Magellan
The Strait of Magellan (also called the Straits of Magellan or the Magellanic Strait) is a navigable sea route immediately south of mainland South America and north of Tierra del Fuego. The strait is the most important natural passage between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, but it is considered a difficult route to navigate because of the unpredictable winds and currents and the narrowness of the passage.
Puerto Natales is a city in Chilean Patagonia. It is the capital of both the commune of Natales and the province of Última Esperanza, one of the four provinces that make up the Magallanes and Antartica Chilena Region in the southernmost part of Chile. Puerto Natales is the only city in the province it is located 247 km (153 mi) lying northwest of Punta Arenas. It is the final passenger port of call for the Navimag ferry sailing from Puerto Montt into the Señoret Channel as well as the primary transit point for travellers to Torres del Paine National Park, Chile.
Santiago also Santiago de Chile is the capital of Chile and the center of its largest conurbation. It is located in the country’s central valley, at an elevation of 520 m (1,706.04 ft) above mean sea level
Puerto Varas is a city and commune located in the southern Chilean province of Llanquihue, in the Los Lagos Region. The city is well known for its German traditions, its food, its fish and seafood, the natural environment, its casino and 5 star hotels. Only 20 kilometres (12 mi) from Puerto Montt, located on the shore of the Llanquihue Lake, one of the largest natural lakes in South America. The perfect cone of Osorno Volcano and the snowcapped peaks of Mt. Calbuco and Mt. Tronador are clearly visible from the lakefront. Puerto Varas is the southernmost of a string of towns on the western shore of Llanquihue Lake that includes Frutillar, Llanquihue and Puerto Octay.
Beagle Channel is a strait in the archipelago island chain of Tierra del Fuego on the extreme southern tip of South America partly in Chile and partly in Argentina. The channel separates the larger main island of Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego from various smaller islands including the islands of Picton, Lennox and Nueva; Navarino; Hoste; Londonderry; and Stewart. The channel’s eastern area forms part of the border between Chile and Argentina and the western area is entirely within Chile.
The Drake Passage or Mar de Hoces—Sea of Hoces—is the body of water between the southern tip of South America at Cape Horn, Chile and the South Shetland Islands of Antarctica. It connects the southwestern part of the Atlantic Ocean (Scotia Sea) with the southeastern part of the Pacific Ocean and extends into the Southern Ocean. The passage receives its English language name from the 16th century English privateer Sir Francis Drake. Drake’s only remaining ship, after having passed through the Strait of Magellan, was blown far South in September 1578. This incident implied an open connection between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.
Antarctica is Earth’s southernmost continent, containing the geographic South Pole. It is situated in the Antarctic region of the Southern Hemisphere, almost entirely south of the Antarctic Circle, and is surrounded by the Southern Ocean. At 14.0 million km2 (5.4 million sq mi), it is the fifth-largest continent in area after Asia, Africa, North America, and South America. For comparison, Antarctica is nearly twice the size of Australia. About 98% of Antarctica is covered by ice that averages at least 1 mile (1.6 km) in thickness. Antarctica, on average, is the coldest, driest, and windiest continent, and has the highest average elevation of all the continents. Antarctica is considered a desert, with annual precipitation of only 200 mm (8 inches) along the coast and far less inland. The temperature in Antarctica has reached −89 °C (−129 °F). There are no permanent human residents, but anywhere from 1,000 to 5,000 people reside throughout the year at the research stations scattered across the continent. Only cold-adapted organisms survive there, including many types of algae, animals (for example mites, nematodes, penguins, seals and tardigrades), bacteria, fungi, plants, and protista. Vegetation where it occurs is tundra.
1.Accommodation in chosen cabin.
2.Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, coffee, tea.
3.On board lectures and exhibits.
4.Information on the region.
5.Transfer to Ushuaia airport after the trip.
6.Expedition in zodiac boats, excursions.
7.Taxes and port taxes.
- Any other item not specified in Includes.
- Expenses of personal nature such as tips, telephone calls, laundry, liquor etc.
- Government service tax
- Any Cost Arising Due To Natural Calamities Like Landslides, Roadblocks, Etc.
- Any Increase In Taxes Or Fuel Leading To An Increase In Surface Transport.
- Entrance fees during sightseeing.
(airfare not included but can be arranged from New York, Miami or Los Angeles.)
Day 2 – Arrive In Santiago
Morning arrival at the Santiago airport in Chile. During the transfer to your hotel, an orientation tour of the city will be given. Rest of the day at leisure or join one or both of the exciting optional excursions.
Day 3 – Santiago/Punta Arenas/Embarkation – B, D
Fly from Santiago to Punta Arenas where you will embark. Once you have boarded your ship, an information meeting and safety briefing will be held. During which the Captain, officers and staff will welcome you on board, tell you more about the schedule for the next few days as well as inform you on the ship’s safety procedures. Punta Arenas is the capital of the Magallanes region. It is the largest city in the entire region with its 114,000 inhabitants. The city was founded in the mid-1800s, and grew into a centre for commerce culture and society that spread its influence over the entire region with numerous museums and historical places of interest. And the city center (Plaza de Armas) is known for its government buildings, well-kept gardens and the monument to Ferdinand Magellan.
Day 4 – Magellan Strait – B, L, D
Fantastic sounds, fjords, and mountains dominate the next several days. Fjord visit and a closer look at one of the many magnificent glaciers. The Magellan Strait zone is located in the southern extreme of the South American continent. This magnificent sector includes the Strait itself, all the channels and fjords around the Brunswick Peninsula. You’ll sail the Magellan Strait towards beautiful Tucker Island, famous for its colony of Magellan penguins. Weather permitting the ship will attempt cruising both near the Tucker Island and into the Seno del Almirantazgo (Admiralty Sound), known for sightings of cormorants, southern dolphins and sea lions.
Day 5 – Magellan Strait/Puerto Natales – B, L, D
Today you will pass either trough the Kirke Narrows or the Santa Maria Channel, depending on the tides, to reach Puerto Natales, where the ship will dock giving you ample opportunity to explore the city. Puerto Natales is the capital of the province of Ultima Esperanza. The city was founded in 1911 in a beautiful setting on a gently sloping point on the inlet. It has approximately 18,000 inhabitants. It is the natural base for excursions in to a region filled with sites of incomparable natural beauty, as well as wonderful hiking trails and fishing spots – one being Torres del Paine National Park.
Day 6 – Puerto Natales/Magellan Strait – B, L, D
You have the morning at leisure to further experience Puerto Natales and surroundings, or you can take part in the optional excursion to Torres del Paine National Park.
Day 7 – Beagle Channel – B, L, D
Today you will continue towards the spectacular Beagle Channel to the south of Tierra del Fuego. Near the southern tip of Chile, the Southern Andes plunge into the icy waters, leaving a region so wild and remote that it seems virtually untouched since the beginning of time. In these Chilean fjords, the ice has sliced its way between the mountains, leaving isolated islands and hidden coves in its wake. This region is practically unknown, except to the few tourists who have the opportunity to visit. As you enter the magnificent southernmost part of Patagonia, you will travel through narrow sounds flanked by dramatic mountains. You will be passing several glaciers on the journey, and – weather permitting – take a closer look at one of them.
Day 8 – Puerto Williams/Cape Horn – B, L, D
Early this morning you will reach Puerto Williams, one of the world’s most southernmost towns, located on the tiny islands of Isla Navarino. The town is named Williams after the Chilean Navy’s outstanding marine who founded Fort Bulnes in 1845. Only the choppy waters of the narrow Beagle Channel separate it from Argentine Tierra del Fuego where high glaciated peaks provide a magnificent snowy backdrop. The town was founded as a radio station in 1953 and later developed as a naval base. It has a population of 1,800 people. In the afternoon you will arrive at the famous Cape Horn. The Cape is the southernmost point in Chile and South America, situated at almost 56 degrees south. This region is of great significance due to its location, history of exploration, discovery and commercial sailing. Weather permitting your ship will anchor off at Cape Horn, where you may disembark the ship in order to explore this desolate and yet poetic piece of land at the end of the world. Landing at this elusive Cape is extremely difficult due to the recurrent weather conditions that affect the area. Though all efforts will be made to perform a landing, it might not occur or be cancelled based on the sole discretion of the captain.
Day 9-10 – Drake Passage – B, L, D
The Drake Passage connects the southern Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. You will be heading for the Northern-most tip of the continent, the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands, which will be reached in the afternoon on day 10. While you cross this stretch of water to Antarctica, a series of lectures will be held on board on topics related to the history and wildlife of Antarctica, as well as the “Guidelines for Visitors” to Antarctica.
Days 10-15 – Antarctica – B, L, D
Antarctica, “The White Continent,” is more than half the size of North America. On the Antarctic Peninsula you’ll experience the narrow, glacier-lined Lemaire Channel, considered one of most beautiful passages in Antarctica-where humpback and killer whales, various penguins, and elephant seals are a common sight-and the breathtaking Neumayer Channel, with its majestic cliffs. Visits by PolarCirkel boats will be attempted in various locations (weather permitting), including: Half Moon Island, with spectacular views of the surrounding mountains, home to chinstrap penguins, kelp gulls, and Antarctic terns. Whale spotting is also common here. Whalers Bay on Deception Island, with its warm springs and black volcanic sand, home to hundreds of chinstrap penguins. Ukrainian Vernadsky Base, with its abundant bird life. Almirante Brown in Paradise Harbor, named for its beauty, with ice cliffs and floating icebergs, home to gentoo and chinstrap penguins.
Port Lockroy, surrounded by mountains, glaciers and ice shelves, and known for its gentoo penguins and blue-eyed cormorants. Neko Harbor off Errera Channel, home to hundreds of gentoo penguins, weddell and elephant seals, is believed to be part of main land Antarctica. Polish Arctowski Base in Admiralty Bay, where Adelie penguins and elephant seals can be found. Petermann Island, the southernmost island in the Lemaire Channel, home to a gentoo-penguin colony. You will depart from Antarctica early in the morning on day 15.
Day 15-16 – The Drake Passage – B, L, D
During your crossing, various Antarctica topics will be summed up. The distance from the Antarctic Peninsula to Cape Horn, southern tip of South America, is approximately 800 kilometres, or around 35 hours of sailing time with good weather conditions. This is a unique crossing that few ever get to experience.
Day 17 – Ushuaia/Buenos Aires – B
In the morning you will reach the Argentinean city of Ushuaia. Ushuaia is reckoned to be the most southerly city in the world and is situated on Tierra del Fuego Island south of the Magellan Strait. After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Buenos Aires. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel including a short orientation tour of the city before checking in. The afternoon is at your disposal to experience this “Paris of South America.”
Day 18 – Buenos Aires/Return To India (or your home country) – B
Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the U.S.
Day 19 – Arrive In India (or your home country)
B=Buffet Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
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- Any Additional expenses incurred due to Coach / Train / Flight Cancel or Delay, natural disaster, Political actions and similar; must be borne by the tourists.
- All tours and transfers are included and are on SIC basis – Shared Coach
- Tips to driver and guides locally
- STANDARD CHECK IN: 1400-1600HRS (ALL HOTELS) & STANDARD CHECK OUT: 1200HRS (ALL HOTELS)