Ice on the calm and reflective water in front of a glacier in Tierra Del Fuego, Patagonia, during sunset
Couple hiking on the grass near the water with a large tree in front in Tierra del Fuego, Chile
Floating ice in front of a glacier in Chile with mountains in the background
Two hikers at Torres del Paine National Park, Chile with jagged snowy mountains behind them
Sea lions hanging out on rocks in Patagonia
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South America Patagonia Cruise

Chilean Fjords & Argentina’s Staten Island

The 12-day Chilean Fjords & Argentina’s Staten Island is an embarkation into the unknown lands and islands of the ends of the earth. These rarely visited areas are known for their seldom seen natural splendors and mythical wilderness. This Patagonia cruise inhabits all the must-sees of the area that includes glaciers, snowcapped peaks, dramatic fjords, lakes, towering granite walls and epic waterfalls. This nature-filled voyage travels through tight channels and is only accessed by expedition ship, for which the 102-passenger National Geographic Orion is ideally suited.

This carefully curated voyage includes visits to the wildlife filled Karukinka National Park and sails through the Beagle Channel to view Cape Horn. Have the unique opportunity to explore the wilderness of the previously closed-to-visitors site of Isla De Los Estados (Staten Island) where Magellenic penguins inhabit and wildness abounds. Cruise around Observatory Island, a must-see island for birders, with its diverse and massive bird nesting colony. Visit wildlife reserves with animals such as condors, elephant seals, austral parakeets, foxes and sea lions. Explore the incredible fjords, channels and scenic vistas via Zodiac, kayak or by foot with specialized naturalist guides and National Geographic photo instructors, both offering an in-depth travel experience. While aboard, guests can enjoy amenities such as a fitness center, sauna or even get a massage in the wellness center. Traveling through Santiago, Chile this trip embarks in Puerto Natales and disembarks in Ushuaia, Argentina with some itineraries operating in reverse.

Read on for details about this trip, or learn more about AdventureSmith’s Patagonia cruises.



Itinerary

Chilean Fjords & Argentina's Staten Island Itinerary

The 12-day Chilean Fjords & Argentina’s Staten Island Cruise begins and ends with a flight from Santiago, Chile. Fly into Punta Arenas to embark, cruise southbound toward Cape Horn, and disembark in Ushuaia, Argentina. 

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Days 1 - 2
Fly to Santiago, Chile

Depart on an overnight flight to Santiago, Chile. Check into your hotel and have the morning to relax. Santiago is nearly surrounded by the Andes, which form an inspiring backdrop to the afternoon guided overview of this vibrant city. Explore the Plaza de Armas, the main square, and nearby Presidential Palace, enjoying wonderful views from the many hills that dot the city.

Accommodations

n/a (day 1); Mandarin Oriental Hotel (day 2)

Meals

n/a (day 1); lunch (day 2)

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Day 3
Fly to Punta Arenas & Embark Puerto Natales

Today, fly from Santiago to Punta Arenas, Chile’s southern gateway to Patagonia, drive to the outpost of Puerto Natales and embark the ship.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 4 - 5
Kirke Narrows & Exploring the Chilean Fjords

Be on deck to look for condors and other wildlife on the way out of Puerto Natales as the ship transits the narrow sliver of water known as the Kirke Narrows—always a challenge to navigate because of the powerful currents that flow through its pinch point. Today and during the following days, be treated to the spectacular features of an active glaciated landscape with hanging valleys and tributary glaciers. This region was navigated by Ferdinand Magellan’s expedition and it took most of November 1520 for his ships to find a way through the channels that lie between the continental mainland and Tierra del Fuego to the south. The captain and local pilots guide the aptly sized ship through Kirke Narrows. Hope to make a first stop in the extensive maze of channels and islands of the Chilean fjords, where possibilities exist to explore by Zodiac and kayak.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
Karukinka Natural Park, Tierra del Fuego

Tierra del Fuego is one of Patagonia’s crown jewels. Visit its newest and largest protected area: Karukinka Natural Park. Established in 2004 through a gift from Goldman Sachs, Karukinka is one of the largest donations ever made for conservation. Explore, with special permission from the Wildlife Conservation Society, this private reserve, which spans 1,160 square miles and harbors endangered culpeo fox, Andean condors, albatross, grebes, petrels, fulmars, shearwaters and many other kinds of wildlife. Visit Jackson Bay, backed by a skyline of rugged mountains and look for wildlife including black-browed albatross that nest on one of the nearby small islands. Perhaps walk a trail to a lovely waterfall and look for elephant seals resting on not only the beach but also high in the grass meadows and even in the small river draining the valley inland.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
Exploring Chilean Fjords & Beagle Channel

Today explore more stunning wilderness while viewing the fjords and glaciers of the region by Zodiac, kayak and on foot. A vast area of soaring, snowcapped mountains, gigantic glaciers, thousands of verdant islands, serene lakes, and waterfalls—the archipelago is scarcely touched by man. Take Zodiacs out to explore these protected waters and rugged shores, the blue and white of ice contrasting with greens of the forest highlighted by splashes of flowering plants. Look for the Andean condors, albatrosses, grebes, petrels, fulmars, shearwaters and many other birds that inhabit this otherworldly realm. Then sail the Beagle Channel and hike and kayak through the wild areas in this region filled with beech forests, mountains and wild rivers.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
Cape Horn

Today visit Cape Horn, near the southernmost tip of the South American continent, named in 1616 for the Dutch town of Hoorn. These waters are famously difficult to navigate, and over the centuries have been the graveyard of many ships—which before the opening of the Panama Canal had to round the Cape to sail between the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. Of course, the ship’s modern equipment enables safe exploration. Weather permitting, take Zodiacs ashore and walk to the top of the hill for panoramic views and to see the memorial placed there in 1992, showing an albatross in silhouette.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 9 - 10
Isla de Los Estados (Staten Island), Argentina

With special permission to visit extraordinary Staten Island, your small ship is one of the only expedition ships ever allowed here. It’s a place of superlatives, barely touched in recent decades and visited primarily by a few scientists and those who staff the tiny naval observatory. The island was named by Dutch explorers in 1615. Its mountainous, forested landscapes and rugged fjords are beautiful. A great deal of interest is found here and the exact schedule will remain flexible to take best advantage of conditions. Look for southern rockhopper and Magellanic penguins, many other water birds, and fur seals, otters and sea lions. See the replica of the 1884 San Juan de Salvamento lighthouse at the end of the world, which inspired Jules Verne’s novel by the same name, and perhaps the ruins of a penal colony. There will be chances to walk in the southern beech forests. These days are bound to stand out as a unique chance to explore a very remote place.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 11 - 12
Disembark Ushuaia & Fly to Santiago, Chile

Disembark in Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. Take a charter flight to Santiago and connect to your overnight flight home.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast and lunch (day 11); n/a (day 12)

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Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

One hotel night in Santiago; accommodations; meals indicated; alcoholic beverages (except premium brands); excursions; services of expedition leaders, naturalist staff and expert guides; use of kayaks; entrance fees; all port charges and service taxes; gratuities to ship’s crew.

Exclusions

Immigration fees; air transportation; mandatory charter flights between Santiago and Punta Arenas, Chile and Ushuaia, Argentina ($855 per person 2020-21, subject to change); personal items such as alcoholic beverages; emails; laundry; voyage DVD; insurance of any kind.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $1,000 to $1,500 (depending on season & cabin category) is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 120 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
180 or more days – $750 of deposit retained (may be applied to future trip by trip operator)
179 to 120 days – 100% of deposit
119 to 90 days – 25% of total trip cost
89 to 60 days – 50% of total trip cost
59 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The Chilean Fjords & Argentina’s Staten Island cruise begins and ends in Santiago, Chile (SCL). Plan flights to arrive to Santiago by 11:30am on day 2 of the itinerary in order to be eligible for the included group transfer. Charter flights are needed to Punta Arenas, Chile (PUQ), for embarkation and from Ushuaia (USH) after disembarkation. Disembarkation is after breakfast on day 11 of the outlined itinerary. Plan flights to depart Santiago no earlier than 9:00pm on day 12.

Arrival and departure times vary for alternative itineraries; inquire with your Adventure Specialist upon booking for details. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Internal Flights

Group charter flights between Santiago and Punta Arenas, Chile and Ushuaia, Argentina are required on this trip’s itinerary; see this trip’s Exclusions for pricing. There is a strict luggage limit of checked bags weighing up to 50 lbs from Santiago to Punta Arenas (overage is available and must be paid to airline) and 66 lbs from Ushuaia and Santiago (no overage available). Luggage storage is available in Santiago for an extra charge; inquire with your Adventure Specialist for details.

Activities

Activities included aboard this expedition include Zodiac cruises, hiking and kayaking. Other activities may include yoga and stretching, land treks, glacier viewing and wildlife observation.

Room Configuration

In addition to listed Solo cabin rates, select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy with a single supplement fee. If you would like to share accommodations with another guest of the same gender, we will be happy to try to accommodate you in select cabin categories. This program allows you to pay the per person double-occupancy rate whether or not a roommate is found. Contact AdventureSmith for further details and availability.

Families & Children

Children under the age of 18 are eligible for $500 off the double occupancy rate. Skilled staff members trained with National Geographic Education organize activities that inspire curiosity in young people of all ages. Programming for kids may include activities like photo workshops, journaling, scavenger hunts, Zodiac-driving lessons, hands-on nature and science programming and kid-friendly menu options.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 15 or 21 days of booking (depending on plan) for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

Reverse Chilean Fjords & Argentina's Staten Island Itinerary

The 12-day Reverse Chilean Fjords & Argentina’s Staten Island Cruise begins and ends with a flight from Santiago, Chile. Fly into Ushuaia, Argentina, to embark, cruise northbound around Cape Horn, and disembark in Puerto Natales, Chile. 

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Days 1 - 2
Fly to Santiago, Chile

Depart on an overnight flight to Santiago, Chile. Check in to the Hotel Santiago by Mandarin (or similar), centrally located in Santiago and have the morning to relax. Santiago is nearly surrounded by the Andes, which form an inspiring backdrop to our afternoon guided overview of this vibrant city. Explore the Plaza de Armas, the main square and nearby Presidential Palace, enjoying wonderful views from the many hills that dot the city. In the early evening, gather for an informal reception and a drink at the hotel.

Accommodations

n/a (day 1); Mandarin Oriental Hotel (day 2)

Meals

n/a (day 1); lunch (day 2)

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Day 3
Embark Ushuaia, Argentina

Take a private charter flight to Ushuaia, Argentina. Fly over Patagonia before landing in Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. If the weather is fine, there’s a chance to view the spectacular mountains rising out of the Beagle Channel while lunching on a catamaran cruise. Then embark the National Geographic Orion and set sail.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 4 - 5
Isla de Los Estados (Staten Island), Argentina

With special permission, visit extraordinary Staten Island on one of the only expedition ships ever allowed here. It’s a place of superlatives, barely touched in recent decades and visited primarily by a few scientists and those who man the tiny naval observatory. The island was named by Dutch explorers in 1615. Its mountainous, forested landscapes and rugged fjords are beautiful, and there’s a great deal of interest here. The exact schedule remains flexible to take best advantage of conditions. See southern rockhopper and Magellanic penguins, many other water birds, fur seals and sea lions. Also look for otters on shore landings and see the replica of the 1884 San Juan de Salvamento “lighthouse at the end of the world,” which inspired Jules Verne’s novel by the same name, perhaps along with the ruins of a penal colony. There will be chances to walk in the southern beech forests. These days are bound to stand out as a unique chance to explore a very remote place.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
Cape Horn

Today, visit Cape Horn near the southernmost tip of the South American continent, named in 1616 for the Dutch town of Hoorn. These waters are famously difficult to navigate and over the centuries have been the graveyard of many ships that had to round the Cape when sailing between the Pacific and Atlantic before the opening of the Panama Canal. Of course, with the use of modern equipment, exploration is much safer. Weather permitting, take Zodiacs ashore and walk to the top of the hill for panoramic views and to see the memorial placed there in 1992, showing an albatross in silhouette.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
The Chilean Fjords & Beagle Channel

Myriad fjords or senos indent the coast. Cruise deep into the senos, punctuated at the end by tidewater glaciers, to explore by Zodiac, kayak and on foot. A vast area of soaring, snow-capped mountains, gigantic glaciers, thousands of verdant islands, serene lakes, and waterfalls—the archipelago is scarcely touched by man. Look for the Andean condors, albatrosses, grebes, petrels, fulmars, shearwaters and many other birds that inhabit this otherworldly realm.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
Tierra del Fuego & Karukinka Natural Park, Chile

Tierra del Fuego is one of Patagonia’s crown jewels. Visit its newest and largest protected area: Karukinka Natural Park. Established in 2004 through a gift from Goldman Sachs, Karukinka is one of the largest donations ever made for conservation. With exciting special permission from the Wildlife Conservation Society, visit this private reserve, which spans 1,160 square miles and harbors endangered culpeo fox, Andean condors, albatross, grebes, petrels, fulmars, shearwaters and many other kinds of wildlife. Perhaps explore Jackson Bay, backed by a skyline of rugged mountains and look or wildlife including black-browed albatross that nest on one of the nearby small islands. Or walk a trail to a lovely waterfall and look for elephant seals resting on not only the beach but also high in the grass meadows and even in the small river draining the valley inland.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 9 - 10
Chilean Fjords & Kirke or White Narrows

Today, be treated to the spectacular features of an active glaciated landscape with hanging valleys and tributary glaciers. This region was navigated by Ferdinand Magellan’s expedition and it took most of November 1520 for his ships to find a way through the channels that lie between the continental mainland and Tierra del Fuego to the south. Look to make a first stop in the extensive maze of channels and islands of the Chilean fjords, and conditions permitting go out by Zodiac and kayak. The captain and local pilots navigate through Kirke or White Narrows, accessible only to a small ship as National Geographic Orion—always a challenge to navigate because of the powerful currents that flow through the pinch point. Be on deck to look for condors and other wildlife as we make our way to Puerto Natales.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 11 - 12
Disembark Puerto Natales & Fly to Santiago, Chile

Disembark this morning in Puerto Natales. Drive to Punta Arenas, take a flight to Santiago and connect to your overnight flight home.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast (day 1); n/a (day 12)

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Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

One hotel night in Santiago; accommodations; meals indicated; alcoholic beverages (except premium brands); excursions; services of expedition leaders, naturalist staff and expert guides; use of kayaks; entrance fees; all port charges and service taxes; gratuities to ship’s crew.

Exclusions

Immigration fees; air transportation; mandatory charter flights between Santiago and Punta Arenas, Chile and Ushuaia, Argentina ($855 per person 2020-21, subject to change); personal items such as alcoholic beverages; emails; laundry; voyage DVD; insurance of any kind.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $1,000 to $1,500 (depending on season & cabin category) is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 120 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
180 or more days – $750 of deposit retained (may be applied to future trip by trip operator)
179 to 120 days – 100% of deposit
119 to 90 days – 25% of total trip cost
89 to 60 days – 50% of total trip cost
59 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The Reverse Chilean Fjords & Argentina’s Staten Island Cruise begins and ends in Santiago, Chile (SCL). Plan flights to arrive to Santiago by 11:30am on day 2 of the itinerary in order to be eligible for the included group transfer. Charter flights are needed to Ushuaia, Argentina (USH), for embarkation and from Punta Arenas, Chile (PUQ), after disembarkation. Disembarkation is after breakfast on day 11 of the outlined itinerary. Plan flights to depart Santiago no earlier than 9:00pm on day 12.

Arrival and departure times vary for alternative itineraries; inquire with your Adventure Specialist upon booking for details. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Internal Flights

Group charter flights between Santiago and Ushuaia, Argentina, and Punta Arenas, Chile, are required on this trip’s itinerary; see this trip’s Exclusions and inquire with an Adventure Specialist for pricing. There is a strict luggage limit of checked bags weighing up to 50 lbs from Santiago to Punta Arenas (overage is available and must be paid to airline) and 66 lbs from Ushuaia and Santiago (no overage available). Luggage storage is available in Santiago for an extra charge; inquire with your Adventure Specialist for details.

Activities

Activities included aboard this expedition include Zodiac cruises, hiking and kayaking. Other activities may include yoga and stretching, land treks, glacier viewing and wildlife observation.

Room Configuration

In addition to listed Solo cabin rates, select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy with a single supplement fee. If you would like to share accommodations with another guest of the same gender, we will be happy to try to accommodate you in select cabin categories. This program allows you to pay the per person double-occupancy rate whether or not a roommate is found. Contact AdventureSmith for further details and availability.

Families & Children

Children under the age of 18 are eligible for $500 off the double occupancy rate. Skilled staff members trained with National Geographic Education organize activities that inspire curiosity in young people of all ages. Programming for kids may include activities like photo workshops, journaling, scavenger hunts, Zodiac-driving lessons, hands-on nature and science programming and kid-friendly menu options.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 15 or 21 days of booking (depending on plan) for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

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