Ice on the calm and reflective water in front of a glacier in Tierra Del Fuego, Patagonia, during sunset
Hiker standing on rock and taking Photos of the snowy and jagged mountain landscape in Torres Del Paine National Park, Patagonia
National Geographic small ship in front of glacier and two skiffs in front surrounded by ice in Garibaldi Fjord of Tierra Del Fuego Patagonia
Patagonian Scarlet Gorse Guanaco Bush or Fire Tongue wildflowers in Torres Del Paine National Park with mountains in the background
Three magellaic penguins on the grass 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-see’s of the area, including 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 126-passenger National Geographic Resolution and 148-guest National Geographic Explorer are ideally suited. Consider the 16-day Best Of itinerary to add 4 days on land on either side of the main voyage, staying at Explora Patagonia or similar boutique lodging.

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 and 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 departures operating in reverse.

You can also opt for a more comprehensive Patagonia journey aboard the new 126-guest National Geographic Endurance. The 19-day Southern Patagonia: Glaciers, Fjords & Wildlife itinerary ventures further around and deeper into the Chilean coastline. Explore iconic Torres del Paine National Park, three stunning glaciers over two days in “Glacier Alley” and get up close to a vast Magellanic penguin colony on Isla Magdelena. Traveling through Buenos Aires, Argentina, this cruise operates round-trip from Ushuaia, Argentina.

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



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. 

Chilean Fjords and Argentina's Staten Island wildlife cruise route map.
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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 Resolution, National Geographic Explorer

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 Resolution, National Geographic Explorer

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 Resolution, National Geographic Explorer

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 Resolution, National Geographic Explorer

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 Resolution, National Geographic Explorer

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. 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 Resolution, National Geographic Explorer

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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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

One hotel night in Santiago; accommodations; meals indicated; excursions; services of expedition leaders, naturalist staff and expert guides; use of kayaks; entrance fees; all port charges and service taxes.

Exclusions

Mandatory charter flights between Santiago and Punta Arenas, Chile and Ushuaia, Argentina (from $900 per person 2022-23, subject to change); immigration fees; air transportation; extensions; personal items such as emails, laundry, voyage DVD, etc.; and insurance of any kind. Gratuities and alcoholic beverages excluded, except for all departures of National Geographic Explorer, Orion, Endurance, Resolution, Sea Cloud, Jahan and Lord of the Glens.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $1,500 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.

Vaccination Requirement
To join this trip, all eligible guests must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot), including a booster shot for those eligible. There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.

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. 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. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; 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
Fly to Ushuaia, Argentina & Embark

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 Resolution, National Geographic Explorer

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. 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 Resolution, National Geographic Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
Cape Horn, Chile

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 Resolution, National Geographic Explorer

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 Resolution, National Geographic Explorer

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 Resolution, National Geographic Explorer

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 Resolution, National Geographic Explorer

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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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

One hotel night in Santiago; accommodations; meals indicated; excursions; services of expedition leaders, naturalist staff and expert guides; use of kayaks; entrance fees; all port charges and service taxes.

Exclusions

Mandatory charter flights between Santiago and Punta Arenas, Chile and Ushuaia, Argentina (from $900 per person 2022-23, subject to change); immigration fees; air transportation; extensions; personal items such as emails, laundry, voyage DVD, etc.; and insurance of any kind. Gratuities and alcoholic beverages excluded, except for all departures of National Geographic Explorer, Orion, Endurance, Resolution, Sea Cloud, Jahan and Lord of the Glens.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $1,500 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.

Vaccination Requirement
To join this trip, all eligible guests must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot), including a booster shot for those eligible. There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.

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. 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. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; 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.

Best of Chilean Patagonia: From Torres del Paine to Cape Horn Itinerary

The 16-day Best of Chilean Patagonia: From Torres del Paine to Cape Horn land and sea adventure adds 4 nights on land before joining the main 12-day Chilean Fjords & Argentina’s Staten Island cruise.

Chilean Fjords and Argentina's Staten Island wildlife cruise route map.
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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, Drive to Puerto Natales & Overnight

Fly to Punta Arenas, then drive to Puerto Natales, one of Patagonia’s southern gateways, and check into The Singular Hotel Patagonia. Enjoy dinner at the hotel.

Accommodations

The Singular Hotel Patagonia

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 4 - 6
Torres del Paine National Park

Drive into this UNESCO Biosphere reserve and spend 3 days at Explora Patagonia Lodge or Tierra Patagonia Hotel, discovering one of the most wildlife-rich areas in the Americas, covering 450,000 acres of glaciers, forests, grasslands, rivers and colorful lagoons. Choose among a variety of possibilities, including walks and hikes, horseback riding, sailing among icebergs to the foot of the immense Grey Glacier, visiting the Salto Grande waterfall and seeing the towers of the central massif from the Blue Lagoon. Look out for guanacos, gray foxes, rheas and Andean condors.

Accommodations

Explora Patagonia Lodge or Tierra Patagonia Hotel

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
Torres del Paine National Park to Puerto Natales & Embark

Enjoy a final morning to explore Torres del Paine, then drive to Puerto Natales to embark the ship.

Accommodations

National Geographic Resolution

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 8 - 9
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 Resolution

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 10
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 Resolution

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 11
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 Resolution

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 12
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 Resolution

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 13 - 14
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. 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 Resolution

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 15 - 16
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 15); n/a (day 16)

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Accommodations; meals indicated; excursions; services of expedition leaders, naturalist staff and expert guides; use of kayaks; entrance fees; all port charges and service taxes.

Exclusions

Mandatory charter flights between Santiago and Punta Arenas, Chile and Ushuaia, Argentina (from $855 per person 2022-23, subject to change); immigration fees; air transportation; extensions; personal items such as emails, laundry, voyage DVD, etc.; and insurance of any kind. Gratuities and alcoholic beverages excluded, except for all departures of National Geographic Explorer, Orion, Endurance, Resolution, Sea Cloud, Jahan and Lord of the Glens.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $2,500 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.

Vaccination Requirement
To join this trip, all eligible guests must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot), including a booster shot for those eligible. There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.

Arrival & Departure

The Best of Chilean Patagonia: From Torres del Paine to Cape Horn land and sea adventure 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 post-land-tour embarkation and from Ushuaia (USH) after disembarkation. Disembarkation is after breakfast on Day 15 of the outlined itinerary. Plan flights to depart Santiago no earlier than 9:00pm on Day 15. 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. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; 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.

Southern Patagonia: Glaciers, Fjords & Wildlife Itinerary

The 19-day Southern Patagonia: Glaciers, Fjords & Wildlife cruise begins and ends with a flight from Buenos Aires, Argentina, and cruises round-trip from Ushuaia.

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Days 1 - 2
Fly to Buenos Aires, Argentina

Arrive in cosmopolitan Buenos Aires after an overnight flight and check into the Alvear Icon Hotel (or similar) on Day 2. In the afternoon, enjoy a guided exploration of this vibrant city, seeing the Beaux-Arts palaces; the brightly painted bohemian community of La Boca, known for its street art and galleries; the Plaza de Mayo; and the famous presidential palace (called the rose palace) with its legendary balcony forever associated with Eva Perón.

Accommodations

n/a (day 1); Alvear Icon Hotel (or similar) (day 2)

Meals

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

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Day 3
Fly to Ushuaia & Embark

Fly to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. Before embarking, relax and enjoy lunch on a catamaran cruise of the Beagle Channel, a region of beech forests, mountains and rushing rivers.

Accommodations

National Geographic Endurance

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 4 - 5
Exploring the Chilean Fjords: Glacier Alley

Sail into a vast wilderness of snow-capped peaks and mirror-like lakes, thick glaciers and islets blanketed with vegetation. In this pristine landscape, myriad fjords or senos cut between soaring granite walls and waterfalls splash down from high above. For the next two days, explore Gacier Alley. This entire region is part of a greater UNESCO Biosphere Reserve focusing on the Magallanes Sub-Antarctic Evergreen Rainforest. This incredibly biodiverse region arose with the retreat of the glaciers which formed these fjords.

Begin at Seno Pia, a secluded fjord in the northwestern arm of the Beagle Channel with an impressively large glacier at its terminus. Next is Seno Garibaldi, part of Alberto de Agostini National Park, a dramatic region where the formidable Andes meet the sea. Visit the Garibaldi Glacier by Zodiac and ship, marveling at this stunning wall of ice. Seno Agostini is the origin of numerous glaciers from the nearby mountains, originating at more than 6,600 feet in elevation. Explore this region from the Zodiacs, getting close to floating brash ice and bergy bits, watching for wildlife and hoping to witness the thundering process of glacial calving.

Accommodations

National Geographic Endurance

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
Francisco Coloane Marine Park

Located in the Strait of Magellan, Francisco Coloane Marine Park is the largest marine protected area along the Chilean coast, and it was also the first, established in 2003. This productive area supports vast and unique biological diversity. A large summer population of humpback whales uses these waters as feeding grounds, as do South American sea lions. Black and white Peale’s dolphins are frequently seen. Be on the lookout for the endemic and endangered Chilean dolphin. Explore the marine park by Zodiac, kayak and on foot. Search for large marine and terrestrial birds including the Andean condor or the giant Antarctic petrel. On Rupert Islet, visit a large Magellanic penguin colony.

Accommodations

National Geographic Endurance

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 7 - 8
Puerto Natales & Torres del Paine

The next two days will be spent exploring the region around Puerto Natales and Torres del Paine National Park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Drive to the park on the first day and choose to either trek on foot or explore part of the park by vehicle. The landscape is big, wide and sprawling, with some of the most dramatic mountain scenery anywhere. The wildlife includes rheas, foxes and herds of guanaco. Discover one of the most spectacular and wildlife-rich areas in the Americas, covering 450,000 acres of glaciers, forests and grasslands, rivers and gem-colored lagoons, crowned with the pinnacles of Torres del Paine. Our second day will be spent closer to Puerto Natales itself. Learn more about the burgeoning Chilean gastronomic scene, as well as the culture and history of the indigenous people of the region. Enjoy alternate opportunities for birding for Andean condors or hiking the beautiful terrain of the region.

Accommodations

National Geographic Endurance

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 9 - 10
Exploring the Chilean Fjords: Kirke Narrows

After a last morning in Torres del Paine, take two days to continue the exploration of the Chilean fjords. The captain and local pilots guide the ship through Kirke Narrows, accessible only to a small expedition ship. While the wildlife of the region will leave all speechless, the combination of unspoiled scenery, national parks and lush Magellanic forests is what makes the fjords of Chile so captivating. Continue to explore the extensive maze of pristine channels and islands by Zodiac, kayak or walking in the surrounding forest.

Accommodations

National Geographic Endurance

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 11
Punta Arenas & Isla Magdalena

This morning arrive in Punta Arenas, the largest city in Patagonia. With local guides, visit the historic center of the city, the Plaza de Armas, and a local handicraft market. Visit the Patagonia Institute and the Salesian Museum, to learn the region’s archaeology and wildlife. Alternatively, go for a hike in the Magallanes National Reserve, which offers outstanding views of the valley below and of Punta Arenas. Later, be on deck as the ship navigates the Strait of Magellan, en route to Isla Magdalena. The island has been designated a national nature reserve because of its importance as a penguin breeding site. Go ashore at the Penguins National Nature Reserve, home to 120,000 nesting Magellanic penguins. Photo opportunities abound here.

Accommodations

National Geographic Endurance

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 12 - 13
Tierra del Fuego: Karukinka Natural Park & Bahia Ainsworth

Continue to the newest and largest protected area on Tierra del Fuego: Karukinka, meaning “our land” in the language of the ancient inhabitants. By special permission, visit this private reserve, which harbors abundant wildlife including endangered culpeo foxes, guanacos, blackbrowed albatross, Andean condors and elephant seals. On this last day in the Chilean fjords, set out to explore in Zodiacs and kayaks and on foot. Visit Bahía Ainsworth, at the base of Marinelli Glacier, to explore the sub-polar Magellan Forest. Keep an eye out for southern elephant seals along the beach.

Accommodations

National Geographic Endurance

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 14 - 17
Cape Horn & Isla de los Estados (Staten Island), Argentina

On the first of these days, visit Cape Horn, the southernmost tip of the South American continent. Conditions permitting, make a landing to look out at the waters of the Drake Passage. By special permission, continue to Isla de los Estados, whose wild, untouched landscapes are home to Magellanic penguins, fur seals, otters, sea lions and countless water birds. The exact schedule will remain flexible to take best advantage of conditions for exploring this natural wonderland. See a reconstruction of the 1884 San Juan de Salvamento “lighthouse at the end of the world,” which inspired Jules Verne’s novel of the same name. The experience is bound to be unforgettable.

Accommodations

National Geographic Endurance

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 18 - 19
Disembark Ushuaia, Fly to Buenos Aires, Argentina, & Depart

Disembark in Ushuaia and take a charter flight to Buenos Aires to connect with your overnight flight home.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast and lunch (day 18); n/a (day 19)

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Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

One hotel night in Buenos Aires; accommodations; meals indicated; excursions; services of expedition leaders, naturalist staff and expert guides; use of kayaks; entrance fees; all port charges and service taxes.

Exclusions

Mandatory charter flights between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia, Argentina (prices TBA; contact your Adventure Specialist); immigration fees; air transportation; extensions; personal items such as emails, laundry, voyage DVD, etc.; and insurance of any kind. Gratuities and alcoholic beverages excluded, except for all departures of National Geographic Explorer, Orion, Endurance, Resolution, Sea Cloud, Jahan and Lord of the Glens.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $2,500 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.

Vaccination Requirement
To join this trip, all eligible guests must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot), including a booster shot for those eligible. There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.

Arrival & Departure

The Southern Patagonia: Glaciers, Fjords & Wildlife cruise begins and ends in Buenos Aires, Argentina (EZE). Plan flights to arrive to Buenos Aires by 11:30am on Day 2 of the itinerary in order to be eligible for the included group transfer. Charter flights are needed to and from Ushuaia, Argentina (USH), for embarkation and after disembarkation. Disembarkation is after breakfast on Day 18 of the outlined itinerary, followed by an overnight charter flight to Buenos Aires; departure times for flights home from Buenos Aires may vary depending on group flights. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Internal Flights

Group charter flights between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia, Argentina 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 two checked bags weighing up to 57 lbs (25 kg) combined, and one carry-on bag weighing up to 17 lbs (8 kg) plus a personal item that can be stowed under the seat.

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. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; 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.

Rates & Dates

Cruise Rates & Dates

Rates are variable per remaining availability and are subject to change. Please contact AdventureSmith for the most up-to-date pricing.

See Deals section for details on flexible booking policies.

Nov 30 - Dec 15, 2022
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Mar 10 - Mar 21, 2024
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Expedition Ship
National Geographic Explorer

The National Geographic Explorer is a state-of-the-art expedition ship accommodating 148 guests in 81 outside cabins. She is fully stabilized, enabling her to navigate polar passages while providing comfort.

Expedition Ship
National Geographic Endurance

The 126-guest National Geographic Endurance is the newest addition to the National Geographic fleet. This expedition ship is specifically designed for stability and sustainability as well as for in-depth education and an unmatched range of exploration in the polar regions.

Expedition Ship
National Geographic Resolution

The 126-guest National Geographic Resolution is one of the newest additions to the National Geographic fleet. This expedition ship is specifically designed for stability, efficiency, scholarship and long-range exploration in the polar regions.

Lodge
Explora Patagonia Lodge

Explora Patagonia is located at the center of the Torres del Paine National Park, the heart of Patagonia, Chile. On the shores of Lake Pehoe, it has breathtaking views of the Paine ridge and the granite towers.

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7 Day Land Tour
Torres Del Paine Trek

The trails amongst the famous Torres del Paine craggy mountains are among the world's classic trekking routes. By day, explore nature in its raw form while winding through these exceptional mountains. By night, enjoy the cozy luxury of EcoCamp's unique dome accommodations, or camping.

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4 - 7 Day Land Tour
Patagonia Wildlife Safari

Discover the magic at the end of the world on a 4- to 7-day Patagonia Wildlife Safari! No matter the length of your stay, you will be blown away by the unlimited beauty of the world heritage site Torres del Paine National Park.

From $900USD
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Explora Patagonia

This 4-, 5-, 6- or 7-day lodge-based trip in the center of Torres del Paine National Park offers over 40 unique explorations to choose from, including Base Torres and Grey Glacier. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Paine Massif and Salto Chico waterfall from home base.

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