Overview

Some 500 years ago, a group of explorers sailed along the coast of an undiscovered land and spotted natives’ fires that appeared to float mystically upon the waters in the mist of dawn. Intrigued, they duly named it Tierra del Fuego – the land of fire.

Today, cruise with us along the same path of some of the world’s greatest explorers – Magellan, Drake and Darwin,  to an extremely remote place, where the mountains meet the ocean, where Mother Nature will fill you with awe, and where time appears to have stood still.

In this wild and magic area of glaciers, perennial snow, sea lions, penguins and the lush vegetation, you will journey through legendary sea routes in one of the most unexplored areas of the planet, a region unimaginably beautiful and indomitable, unspoiled and imposing.

Your journey through Tierra del Fuego will reveal wonders of nature in many forms. The Magellanic penguin, sea lion, beaver, elephant seal, guanaco, cormorant and many other mammals, birds, and reptiles make their home in this unique environment

Cregor Adventures specializes in taking people to extraordinary places. In fact, our partner in this region is the only company to offer trips to this exclusive area. So sail with us to a very special place that will enchant you and leave you with memories to last a lifetime.

 

Sample Itinerary

Below, you will discover a detailed account of our four itinerary options that vary in activities, location and duration. Hosted by our two vessels, M/V Stella Australis & M/V Via Australis, our cruises take place between the months of September and April – all you need to do is select the right itinerary for you. We’ll take care of the rest.

Punta Arenas – Ushuaia – 5 Days/4 Nights

Day 1: Punta Arenas Board the M/V Via Australis or M/V Stella Australis cruise ship at 18:00. After a welcoming cocktail reception hosted by the Captain and his crew, the ship will depart for one of the remotest parts of the planet. Our trip will take us through the Strait of Magellan and Beagle Channel to explore one of the most breathtaking wilderness regions in the world: Southern Patagonia, which includes the Tierra del Fuego archipelago.

Day 2: Ainsworth Bay – Tuckers Islets At dawn, we will navigate our way through 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. We will also take a walk to a beaver dam in the stunning sub- polar Magellan Forest. Whether on the beach or the island, there’s a chance of seeing Southern Elephant Seals. Later, we will be sailing to Tuckers Islets, and after lunch, we will board well- equipped Zodiac boats to get close to a colony of Magellan Penguins (indigenous to the Southern Hemisphere) and cormorants. In September and April, this excursion is replaced by a short walk to a nearby glacier at Brookes Bay.

Day 3: Pia Glacier – Glacier Alley We will navigate along the northwest arm of the Beagle Channel before disembarking at Pia Fjord. From there, we’ll take a short hike to a panoramic viewpoint where we can enjoy spectacular views of the awe-inspiring Pia Glacier extending from the mountaintops down to the sea. After this memorable experience, we will continue our voyage along the Beagle Channel through the majestic Glacier Alley.

Day 4: Cape Horn – Wulala Bay We will be sailing through Murray Channel and Nassau Bay to reach Cape Horn National Park, where, weather permitting, we shall go ashore. The legendary Cape Horn was discovered in 1616 and is a sheer 425-meter (1,394-foot) high rocky promontory. For many years it was an important navigation route between the Pacific and the Atlantic, and is referred to as the ‘End of the Earth’. The park was declared a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 2005. In the afternoon, we will go ashore at historical Wulaia Bay, originally the site of one of the region’s largest Yamana aboriginal settlements. Charles Darwin landed there in 1833 during his voyage on the HMS Beagle. This area is also renowned for the mesmerizing beauty of its vegetation and geography. We will take an enchanted walk through the Magellan Forest of lengas, coigües, canelos, ferns, and other endemic vegetation, to reach a panoramic viewpoint.

Day 5: Ushuaia Acknowledged as the southernmost city in the world, Ushuaia was founded in 1884 and was one of the original points of encounter between the Yamana and Anglican cultures. Its name derives from the Yamana word for ‘penetrating bay’ and it’s surrounded by the last high peaks of the Andes. Today, it is one of the largest cities on Tierra del Fuego Island, with around 65,000 inhabitants. Disembarkation is scheduled at 08:00. The perfect opportunity to enjoy the city and its spectacular scenery.

Ushuaia – Punta Arenas – 4 Days/3 Nights

Disembarkation at Punta Arenas is scheduled for 11:30.

Ushuaia – Punta Arenas – 5 Days/4 Nights

Disembarkation at Punta Arenas is scheduled for 11:30.

Punta Arenas – Ushuaia – Punta Arenas – 7 Days

Day 1: Punta Arenas

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Dates/Pricing

Our cruises take place from September through April.

Shoulder Season Departures: September and April.

Low Season Departures: October, March 16, 18, 19, 21, 23, 26, 30.

High Season Departures: November – March 14.

 

Prices

4 Days/3 Nights (Ushuaia/Punta Arenas)
Cabin Shoulder Season Low High
B $1,189 $1,486 $1,895
A $1,595 $1,988 $2,440
AA $1,674 $2,084 $2,554
AAA $1,753 $2,181 $2,679
AA Superior $2,108 $2,627 $3,183
AAA Superior $2,207 $2,749 $3,338
5 Days/4 Nights (Punta Arenas/Ushuaia or Ushuaia/Punta Arenas)
Cabin Shoulder Season
Low High
B $1,440 $1,800 $2,298
A $1,932 $2,410 $2,957
AA $2,028 $2,526 $3,097
AAA $2,124 $2,644 $3,246
AA Superior $2,555 $3,183 $3,867
AAA Superior $2,675 $3,331 $4,054
8 Days/7 Nights (Punta Arenas/Ushuaia/Punta Arenas)
Cabin Shoulder Season
Low High
B $2,366 $2,959 $3,781
A $3,174 $3,958 $4,864
AA $3,332 $4,149 $5,095
AAA $3,489 $4,343 $5,340
AA Superior $4,197 $5,229 $6,370
AAA Superior $4,394 $5,472 $6,675

 

 

Single Supplement: 150% of the Category rate. Category B cabins are not available for single accommodations.

Prices Include:

Accommodations, land excursions, all meals, open bar (when on duty), on-board entertainment.

Prices Do Not Include:

Transportation to Ushuaia/Punta Arenas;  gratuities; passport & visa fees; items of a personal nature (phone calls, laundry); port tax, migration fee, national park fees (approximately $45 which may be modified by the port authorities); optional travel insurance.

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Accommodations

Built in 2005, The Via Australis can hold up to 136 passengers while offering 64 comfortable cabins. The Australis offers guests an exciting Chilean cultural experience. Enjoy world class gourmet cuisine, engaging activities, and remarkable itineraries. Each day you will enjoy majestic views of snowcapped mountains, clear blue waters, and amazing sunsets. The

Stella Australis is a luxurious, awe-inspiring cruise ship. The ship, which was constructed in 2010, consists of 100 cabins. The Stella Australis offers guests a relaxed stay, while providing breathtaking sights. You will enjoy the comfort of luxury cabins that provide you with incredible ocean views and lavish decor. Wine and dine, mix and mingle, and enjoy our fabulous entertainment on your Patagonia vacation.

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Extensions

Patagonia by Land

Buenos Aires Buenos Aires is undoubtedly THE Latin American city that most closely resembles the cosmopolitan atmosphere of larger European capitals. A cosmopolitan city and birthplace of the tango where the glamour and elegance of its European roots are interwoven with its undeniable Latin American essence. But Buenos Aires is much more – it is a city of contrasts that is reflected at every corner, creating a unique style. Buenos Aires offers innumerable opportunities for entertainment – from visiting museums and historical sites (the Pink Palace and “Peronism”), to its architectural heritage (the multicolored tin houses of La Boca or Recoleta, the hub of the city’s aristocracy with soaring French architectures and sidewalk cafes); to the many cultural past times and passions (the tango, soccer and polo). Plan on spending time in the “Paris of South America.”

Atacama Desert In the North of Chile, you’ll discover the Atacama Desert, the driest, most desolate place on earth. The immensity of the Andean Altiplano will surprise you with its dramatic, exotic, awe-inspiring beauty. Geological formations give birth to mountain ranges, volcanoes, salt flats and lagoons, bodies of water that emerge in the middle of the desert, thermal pools, geysers and marshes. An intense blue sky invites you to discover a land crowned by mountains and volcanoes almost 6,000 meters (20,000 feet) high. Llamas, guanacos and vicuñas graze the plains, while flamingoes and a surprising variety of birds inhabit the lakes and salt flat areas. Foxes, viscachas, rheas and lizards blend into the brightly-colored surroundings.

Awasi, Your Hotel in Atacama For thousands of years, the town of San Pedro de Atacama has been an oasis for travelers – cattle drivers and shepherds who stopped for the necessary food, water, shelter and rest before they continued on their journey. On this ancient site, you’ll discover Awasi, a small ”home” to shelter travelers who want to experience the unforgettable Atacama Desert. The hotel has been designed with only eight rooms, each built of stone, adobe and wood, with thatched roofs. Each room is approximately 646 sq ft, with large bathrooms opening out onto private open-air patios with solarium and showers. Each room is uniquely designed for relaxation, privacy and a well-deserved rest. A trip especially designed for you… Awasi is the only hotel in South America that offers an experience 100% tailored  to your desires. Whether you want to embark on adventure, discover the charm of local culture or simply enjoy a romantic escape, Awasi will assign you a personal concierge/guide (along with a 4X4), who will take charge of your stay and design a trip customized to your interests, preferences and pace. Exquisite cuisine awaits you… The restaurant, for exclusive use by Awasi guests, offers a daily selection that features the local cuisine but adapted to your taste. The staff at Awasi is devoted every day to making your stay a unique experience. Between the grandeur of the desert and the welcoming spaces of this hotel, their service is distinguished by the care they give to each detail.

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